OHSU Physicians Earn National Honors

06/23/05    Portland, Ore.

Renowned Diabetes Researcher Earns ADA's Highest Honor
Matthew Riddle, M.D., professor of medicine (endocrinology, diabetes and clinical nutrition), OHSU School of Medicine, has received the American Diabetes Association's prestigious Outstanding Physician Clinician Award. Riddle was honored this month at the organization's annual meeting in San Diego for his dedication to research aimed at preventing and curing diabetes, and improving the lives of all people living with diabetes. Riddle has been at the forefront of national and international trends in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Among his contributions are an integrated strategy for managing chronic diseases, the theoretical and experimental basis for using combinations of oral agents and insulins, and the "Treat-to-Target" concept in both research trial design and clinical practice. He currently is involved in clinical trials called Outcome Reduction with Initial Glargine Intervention (ORIGIN), Action to Control Cardiovascular Outcomes in Diabetes (ACCORD), and Diabetes Reduction Assessment with Ramipril and Rosiglitazone Medication (DREAM).

Researcher Who Helped Link Fish Oil To Heart Health Honored
William Connor, M.D., professor of medicine (endocrinology, diabetes and clinical nutrition), OHSU School of Medicine, has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. The award is the highest honor the college bestows upon its graduates. It recognizes outstanding and influential contributions to the art and science of medicine. Connor was honored for his pioneering lipid and dietary cholesterol research, which has played a large part in establishing a link between cholesterol and heart disease. Specifically, his work has focused on how omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil, may prevent sudden death from heart attacks. The research has led directly to recommendations that people with heart disease should be eating fish twice a week or taking fish oil supplements.

Outstanding Psychiatry Resident Receives AMA Leadership Award
Annette Matthews, M.D., resident in psychiatry, OHSU School of Medicine, has received the American Medical Association Foundation's 2005 Leadership Award. The award provides special training to medical students, residents, fellows, young physicians and international medical graduate physicians to develop skills as future leaders in organized medicine. Recipients are selected based on their outstanding non-clinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service and/or education. Matthews is one of 66 recipients nationwide.

Cardiology Fellow Honored For Research Into Sudden Cardiac Death
Eric Stecker, M.D., M.P.H., fellow in the Division of Cardiology, OHSU School of Medicine, has received the 2005 American College of Cardiology Young Investigator Award for his research into sudden cardiac death. Stecker, an American Heart Association postdoctoral fellow, works in the OHSU Heart Rhythm Research Laboratory directed by Sumeet Chugh, M.D., associate professor of medicine (cardiology), School of Medicine. His project was conducted as part of the ongoing Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study.