Four academics from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have been recognized with honors from the American College of Physicians (ACP), to be awarded at the ACP’s national meeting between April 30 and May 2, 2015 in Boston. Marvin Forland, Ralph DeFronzo, Ruth Berggren, and George Crawford will be recognized for their contributions to advancing healthcare not only in Texas, but throughout the entire country, as announced by the faculty in a UTHSCSA press release.
Marvin Forland, M.D., MACP, was one of the first physicians to contribute to the launch of the School of Medicine in San Antonio, leaving the University of Chicago in 1968 to help support medical education in Texas. Currently a professor emeritus of medicine, Forland will receive the Texas Chapter Centennial Award, a special recognition commemorating the ACP’s 100-year anniversary in 2015.
In addition, the physician was also the chief of renal diseases and served as associate dean for clinical affairs at the School of Medicine. Even after retiring in 1999, Forland continued to be an important contributor for the facility and was crucial in helping establish the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, where he continues to volunteer his time to help support its initiatives.
The Samuel Eichold II Memorial Award for Contributions in Diabetes will be awarded to Ralph DeFronzo, M.D., FACP, who serves as professor of medicine and chief of diabetes in the School of Medicine, in recognition of his investigations that have helped significantly advance the clinical management of diabetes. Within his work, DeFronzo has been dedicated to the development of new frontline therapeutic options for diabetic patients, such as metformin.
The third physician to be recognized is Ruth Berggren, M.D., FACP, who is a professor of medicine — infectious diseases, as well as director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. She will be honored with the Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award for Scholarly Activities in the Humanities and History of Medicine. Her main contributions include helping to enlarge the center’s Community Service Learning initiative and its activities, including global health programs. Being a daughter of medical missionaries and having grown up in Haiti, Berggren has dedicated her career to helping patients with infectious diseases, due to her experience with the poor communities.
In addition, the ACP is also granting the title of governor of the Southern Texas Region of the ACP, which includes the southern and northern regions, to the professor of medicine and associate director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, George Crawford, M.D., MACP. Several prestigious teaching awards and the American College of Physicians Laureate Award are among the numerous recognitions already awarded to the physician.
“ACP is honoring the commitment of these four outstanding leaders to the health of Texas and the nation,” stated the dean of the School of Medicine, vice president for medical affairs and professor of neurology, Francisco González-Scarano, M.D. Being the largest society of medical specialty in the country, the ACP comprises more than 137,000 members, who are committed to strengthening the practice of internal medicine.