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2019 Alumni and Dean’s Distinguished Service Awards Recipients Named

Fifteen individuals will be recognized for their contributions to the health care field and their service to the School of Medicine at the annual Alumni and Dean's Awards Dinner on Oct. 4 (Friday). 

The Awards Dinner will be held at Stone River in West Columbia from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person and available online. Please RSVP by September 23 (Monday). 

Alumni Awards Recipients 

Each year, the School of Medicine presents a number of prestigious awards to our most dedicated alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement or service to the school. All graduates, faculty, staff and friends are invited to submit nominations. Awardees are chosen by a selection committee of alumni, faculty, staff, and students. 

There are seven alumni award recipients for 2019:

Distinguished Physician Alumni Award
Joseph Perkinson, MD – ’92/Family Medicine

Distinguished Young Alumni Award
L. Garrison Morgan, MD, FACC – ’10/Cardiology

Distinguished Humanitarian Physician Alumni Award
James Morrow, MD – ’82/Family Medicine

Distinguished Doctorate Alumni Award
Guang Peng, MD, PhD – ’05

Distinguished Genetic Counseling Alumni Award
Holly Zimmerman, MS, CGC – ’07

Distinguished Master’s Alumni Award
Catherine Rhea, MBS, CRNA – ’00

Alumni Association Honorary Life Membership Award
J.T. Thornhill, MD

Dean’s Distinguished Service Awards Recipients 

The Dean’s Distinguished Service Awards are annual honors established by the Office of the Dean to recognize individuals who demonstrate excellence in service, leadership, advocacy and professional accomplishment. Awardees are chosen by a selection committee overseen by the Dean’s leadership team. 

There are eight service award recipients for 2019:

Career Achievement Award
Richard L. Frierson, MD
Clinical Professor, Vice Chair of Education, Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science

Community Service Award
Anil V. Yallapragada, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurology
Medical Director, Palmetto Health Stroke Center

Dean’s Leadership Award
William D. Anderson, III, MD
Clinical Professor, Family and Preventive Medicine, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer

Dean’s Leadership Award
Charles T. McElmurray, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Family and Preventive Medicine, John A. Martin Primary Health Care Center

Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award
Edie C. Goldsmith, PhD
Professor, Cell Biology and Anatomy, SC INBRE Program Director

Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award
Lucia Pirisi-Creek, MD
Professor, Pathology, Microbiology and Anatomy, SC INBRE Program Coordinator

Friend of the School of Medicine Award
David L. Omura, DPT, MHA, MS
Director/CEO, Columbia VA Healthcare System and William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Sustained School of Medicine Service Award
Alexander J. McDonald, PhD
Professor, Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience

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