Recognizing Medical Merit

Duke's Medical Alumni Association recognized eight distinguished graduates and faculty members during Medical Alumni Weekend last fall.

Recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Award:

  • Richard A. Schatz M.D. '77, cardiologist and inventor, is the co-creator of the Palmaz-Schatz intracoronary stent, a device that advanced the field of interventional cardiology when it received FDA approval in 1994. He is research director of cardiovascular interventions at the Heart, Lung, and Vascular Center, Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, California. He and his wife, Linda, have two sons.
  • Yank D. Coble Jr. '59, M.D. '62, an endocrinologist in Jacksonville, Florida, is the immediate past president of the American Medical Association. He is a U.S. delegate to the World Health Organization and chairs the finance and planning committee of the World Medical Association. He and his wife, Shereth, have five children.
  • Fred A. Crawford Jr. '64, M.D. '67 is the Horace G. Smithy Professor and chair of the surgery department at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He is the immediate past president of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and chairs the Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education. He and his wife, Mary Jane, have two children, including physician Fred A. Crawford III '92.

The Honorary Alumnus Award was presented to Philip J. Baugh '54, a former North Carolina legislator and member of Duke's board of trustees, which he chaired from 1991 to 1993. He was an advocate of the medical center during the formation of the Duke University Health System, one of the country's first fully integrated academic health systems.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Eugene A. Stead, who is Florence McAllister Professor of medicine. He is chair emeritus of the department of medicine, which he led for two decades.

Recipients of the Distinguished Faculty Award were Barton F. Haynes and Kathryn Phillips King. Haynes, who chaired the department of medicine from 1995 to 2002, is one of the world's leading immunologists and a pioneer in the field of HIV/AIDS. He is director of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute. King began her career as a nurse and then became an anesthesiologist. She is medical director of Advanced Cardiac Life Support and an associate clinical professor of anesthesiology at Duke.

Donald T. Lucey M.D. '63 was honored with the Humanitarian Award. He is the founder of the Open Door Clinic, North Carolina's first free clinic, in Raleigh. His efforts helped establish forty free clinics in North Carolina--more than any other state. A clinical professor emeritus of urology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he has participated in physician missions in Vietnam and Nicaragua.


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