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Vital Signs

Worthy of note: Honors, awards, appointments, etc.

Peter Wright, M.D., a professor of pediatrics, was named chair of the World Health Organization's Polio Data and Safety Monitoring Board. He previously chaired the WHO Steering Committee for Measles, Polio, and Acute Respiratory Illness and served on the WHO Steering Committee for Epidemiology and Clinical Trials and the Polio Research Committee.

James Weinstein, D.O., a professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, was named the Outstanding Phy-sician in Practice by DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance (formerly the Disease Management Association of America) for his achievements in population-based care.

John Modlin, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics, was appointed chair of the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.

William Edwards, M.D., a professor of pediatrics, was named a national director

of the Vermont-Oxford Network of neonatology research programs.

Robert Drake, M.D., Ph.D., the Andrew Thomson Professor of Psychiatry, received the American Psychiatric Foundation's 2008 Alexander Gralnick Award in recognition of his research on schizophrenia.

Jay Dunlap, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Genetics, received the Genetics Society of America's 2009 George W. Beadle Award for his contributions to genetics research.

Richard Rothstein, M.D., a professor of medicine and chief of the Section of Gastroenterology, and James Weinstein, D.O., a professor of orthopaedic surgery, were ranked among the top five physicians in the Northeast in their respective specialties in the "America's Top Doctors for Women" issue of Women's Health magazine.

William A. Nelson, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychiatry, received the COMISS Medal for his contributions to health-care ethics scholarship, teaching, and advocacy. The COMISS Network was formerly known as the Council on Ministry in Specialized Settings.

John Hwa, Ph.D., an associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology, was the inaugural recipient of a special American

Heart Association award for research on cardiovascular disease.

Pamela Jenkins, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of pediatrics, was named a Fulbright Scholar; she will work on quality improvement at St. John's Medical College in Bangalore, India.

Arti Gaur, Ph.D., a research assistant professor of pediatrics, was granted the National Brain Tumor Society's 2008 Daniel Paul Bogart Chair of Research.

Corrine Kravitz, a fourth-year medical student, won second prize for her poster presentation at the northeast meeting of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Her poster was titled "Adolescent Motivation as it Relates to Self-Image and Concrete Planning."

Francoise Righini, director of records management and health information at DHMC, was elected to the board of directors of the Northeast Health Care Quality Foundation.

Erratum: A story in the "Vital Signs" section of the Winter 2008 issue of the magazine incorrectly asserted that "snowboarders are more likely to hit the back of their head than the front." In fact, the research led by Dr. Susan Durham showed the opposite—that snowboarders are more likely to hit the front of their head than the back. Our apologies for getting our facts . . . well, backward.

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