Four faculty members of the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will be honored at the American College of Physicians (ACP) meeting from April 30 to May 2, 2015 in Boston. The ACP is turning 100 years old in 2015.
The professor emeritus of medicine, Marvin Forland, left the University of Chicago in 1968 to take on the new project of launching the School of Medicine in San Antonio. Dr. Forland will be honored with the Texas Chapter Centennial Award. Forland was chief of renal diseases and then later on the dean for clinical affairs in the School of Medicine. He retired in 1999 and went on to play a crucial role in establishing the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. Today, he is still a volunteer, helping to advance similar educational initiatives.
The professor of medicine and chief of diabetes in the School of Medicine, Ralph DeFronzo, M.D., will receive the Samuel Eichold II Memorial Award for Contributions in Diabetes. Dr. DeFronzo’s research has had enormous implications in the clinical management of diabetes and he continues to work in this area, developing front-line metformin-based diabetes therapies.
The professor of medicine in infectious diseases and director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, Ruth Berggren, M.D., will receive the Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award for Scholarly Activities in the Humanities and History of Medicine. Dr. Berggren’s daughter grew up in Haiti, which is what led her to specialize in the research of infectious diseases.
The professor of medicine and associate director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, George Crawford, M.D., will be installed as ACP’s Southern Texas Region’s governor.
The ACP is the nation’s largest specialty medical society, with more than 137,000 members devoted to strengthening the practice of internal medicine. Doctors of internal medicine, known also as internists, focus on adult medicine – the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. The membership consists of generalists and subspecialists, physicians in practice, residents, fellows and medical students. MACP stands for Master of the American College of Physicians; FACP stands for Fellow of the ACP.
The Texas Chapter of the ACP consists of both southern and northern regions.