Accomplished: Meet the 2014 Alumni Award and Dean's Award recipients

April 28, 2014 

One important measure of a school’s greatness is in the accomplishments of its faculty and alumni. And awards are an important way of calling out those accomplishments.

Every year since 1983, the School of Medicine Alumni Association recognizes select alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professions. At the same time, the School of Medicine dean honors an individual who has provided exceptional service to the school.

This year’s slate of Alumni Award and Dean’s Award recipients demonstrates that the OHSU School of Medicine community, indeed, is doing great things. You could say they’re changing the landscape of health.  

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This award is given by the Dean of the School of Medicine in recognition of an individual who has shown commitment to the School of Medicine through their volunteerism, teaching and/or philanthropic support.

2014 Recipient:  Sharon Anderson, M.D. R ’82

The interim chair of the school’s largest department ─ the Department of Medicine ─ is a quintessential contributor to the life of the school. On the faculty since 1991, Dr. Anderson is an active clinician, educator and researcher and is nationally recognized for distinguished accomplishments in those areas. She is also a strong leader. As associate dean for faculty development several years ago, she was instrumental in initiating lasting efforts to improve faculty recruitment, retention, promotion and career satisfaction. Read more about Dr. Anderson, and look for an in-depth profile coming soon. 

“OHSU has been an example of team-based care long before the term became fashionable.  I’m continually excited about what we can achieve as a team.” – Dr. Anderson



Named in honor of Charles A. Preuss, M.D. ’29, this award was established in 1983, and honors any School of Medicine alumnus/a who, in professional achievement and service to their communities, reflect the highest ideals of the School of Medicine.

2014 Recipient: Jeffrey Cain, M.D. ’85, FAAFP

Dr. Cain is the past president and board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians and serves as chief of family medicine at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colo. His work on defining the medical home in Colorado has improved access for the underserved. He is founder and co-author of the Tar Wars tobacco-free youth education program, reaching over 8.5 million children in 50 U.S. states and 14 countries. A double amputee, he holds the nation’s first gold medal in slalom adaptive snowboarding and has helped pass prosthetic fairness laws in many states, including Oregon.

“Our stories have the power to heal: whether on a personal level, where sharing our stories better connects us with our patients, or on a larger public level, where the stories of our patients can help us heal our country’s health care system.” – Dr. Cain



Established in 2001, this award honors an alumnus/a from the School of Medicine's Masters or Doctorate of Philosophy Degree programs who displays continued research excellence, service to the scientific community and contributions to basic science education.

2014 Recipient: John Adelman, Ph.D. ’88

An internationally-recognized expert on potassium channel biology, Dr. Adelman uncovered important roles of potassium channels in neurotransmission, synaptic plasticity and learning; his discoveries are fundamental to current research in these areas. Known for his collaborative spirit and infectious enthusiasm for science, Dr. Adelman has trained 20 postdoctoral fellows and 10 graduate students over the course of his career at OHSU.

“Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.” – Dr. Adelman, quoting Sherlock Holmes



Established in 2008, this award honors Esther Pohl Lovejoy, M.D., an 1894 graduate of the School of Medicine who helped establish several international medical organizations. The award honors a School of Medicine alumnus/a who received a degree or is a graduate of a training program who demonstrates exceptional leadership and service to the medical profession on a national or international level.

2014 Recipients: J. Thomas (Tom) Hoggard, M.D. ’74, and Mary Burry, M.D. R ’74

For more than 20 years, this husband-and wife-team has practiced in areas of war, drought, starvation, cholera epidemics and disasters of all kinds, both natural and man-made. Through their volunteer work with international medical relief teams and other organizations, they have cared for countless people in crisis. In addition, they’ve taught their experience and skills to others, accumulating an extraordinary record of humanitarian service both within the United States and around the world.

“During my training, the Department of Radiology was doing a lot of exciting things that some people said couldn’t be done. You might say those physicians were the mavericks of their time. This atmosphere encouraged a sense of the possible in all areas of my life.” – Dr. Burry

“Leadership is given, not taken. Good leaders have a passion for something, and they share their enthusiasm with others. Enthusiasm is infectious, and the group catches this malady and things get done.” – Dr. Hoggard



Established in 2013, this award recognizes any alumna/us from the OHSU School of Medicine who has made significant career contributions to improving health and social welfare in a community setting or in the areas of scientific research or academia within 15 years of graduation.

2014 Recipient: Maria Rodriguez, M.D. ’04 R ’08, MPH

A UCSF fellowship in family planning and research into the impact of Medicaid policy on unintended pregnancy and its associated public costs led to Dr. Rodriguez’s current position at the World Health Organization. She is a medical officer in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research and splits her time between Geneva, Switzerland, and OHSU, where she is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

Dr. Rodriguez continues to investigate the intersection of reproductive health, health disparities and cost. Her work has been used extensively to inform Oregon’s efforts to redesign the state’s health care system, and her expertise has been recognized by her recent appointment as medical director of the Oregon Health Authority’s Title X and Breast/Cervical cancer screening program.

“In women’s health especially, the personal is political. Advocating for evidence-based health care policy is essential for women’s health.” – Dr. Rodriguez

Read more about these awards and past winners.



Your participation in our Alumni Awards program is critical. Throughout the year, we accept nominations in several award categories. Take a moment to nominate a classmate or a colleague.

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