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Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2008

Five honored during IU Medical Alumni Reunion

May 12, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- Five Indiana University School of Medicine faculty and alumni will be honored May 16-18 during the 2008 Spring Medical Weekend.

Distinguished Alumni Awards:

Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to Jean Arthur Creek, M.D., and U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Adam Robinson Jr., M.D., MBA, a 1976 graduate of the IU School of Medicine. This award recognizes alumni who have brought honor to their alma mater by distinguishing themselves professionally or through extraordinary service to the school.

A colon and rectal surgery specialist, Robinson has had a distinguished medical career in the U.S. Navy, and currently is surgeon general of the Navy and chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

A Bloomington internal medicine specialist, Creek is a member of the IU School of Medicine class of 1952. He taught and served as course director for nearly 30 years for the medical school's Introduction to Medicine class for first-year medical students at the Medical Science Program in Bloomington. He also is a founding partner of Internal Medicine Associates in Bloomington.

Glen W. Irwin Jr. M.D. Distinguished Faculty Awards:

The Glen W. Irwin Jr. M.D. Distinguished Faculty Awards will be presented to Hal E. Broxmeyer, Ph.D., and Richard L. Schreiner, M.D. This award recognizes distinguished faculty with outstanding service to the IU School of Medicine.

Broxmeyer, who joined the IU faculty in 1983, is an IU Distinguished Professor and chairman and Mary Margaret Walther Professor of Microbiology and Immunology. He also is scientific director of the Walther Oncology Center.

Schreiner, who joined the IU faculty in 1978, is the Edwin L. Gresham Professor of Pediatrics and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine, and has served as physician-in-chief at the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children since 1987.

Early Career Achievement Award:

An Early Career Achievement Award will be presented to Jyoti Patel, M.D., a member of the class of 1996. A native of Nairobi, Kenya, Patel is an assistant professor at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. A lung cancer specialist, Patel is an accomplished clinician, scientist and scholar with 41 publications to date, many covering the field of cancer care and prevention.

The awards will be presented at the 61st annual Strawberry Shortcake Luncheon, by Medical Alumni Association President Robert Forste, M.D.

During the weekend event, more than 200 alumni and guests will be treated to tours of the medical center campus, the soon-to-open $150 million Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, the Indiana Medical History Museum and downtown Indianapolis.

Michael L. Olinger, M.D., assistant medical director of the Indy Racing League and an associate professor of clinical emergency medicine, will present "The Medicine of Motor Sports" during the weekend's opening luncheon. Alumni also will meet with IU School of Medicine Dean D. Craig Brater, M.D., and the classes of 1942, 1947, and those graduating in years ending "3" or "8" will gather for private receptions.