Alums are lauded for their work at home and at Brown.
During this year’s Commencement-Reunion Weekend, the Brown Medical Alumni Association recognized alums for service to medicine, to their communities, and to Brown.
Michael Danielewicz ’14 MD’18 received the Junior Alumni Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for his work to promote equitable, inclusive, and affirming care for LGBTQ+ older adults. For the past two years, he has been at the forefront of an initiative to create a medical home for LGBTQ+ older adults in Philadelphia. Danielewicz has also been involved in efforts to improve care for LGBTQ+ older adults on a national level, collaborating with leaders from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Geriatrics Society on initiatives to integrate LGBTQ+ education into fellowship training competencies.
Augustus A. White III ’57 DMS’97 hon., P’98, MD, PhD, received the Senior Alumni Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The first African American medical student at Stanford University, surgical resident at Yale University, professor of medicine at Yale, and chair at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, White has worked throughout his career for equality in health care and representation of diverse physicians, particularly in his specialty of orthopedics. He is the author of Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care and is the president and co-founder of the J. Robert Gladden Society.
The W. W. Keen Award, the highest honor presented by the BMAA, was awarded to Julianne Y. Ip ’75 MD’78 RES’81, P’18, former associate dean of medicine for Brown’s Program in Liberal Medical Education (see Medicine@Brown, Winter 2022). The Keen award recognizes outstanding contributions to medicine, encompassing research, education, leadership, or extraordinary contributions to patient care or public health. Judy Jang ’03 MD’07 received the Early Achievement Award. Jang is the interim associate dean of medicine for the PLME and a practicing nephrologist who oversees all aspects of the PLME, which continues to admit, advise, train, retain and encourage lifelong learning and a well-rounded experience for students.
The Ruth B. Sauber Distinguished Alumni Lecturer this year was Kavita Babu ’96 MD’00 RES’04, an emergency medicine physician who serves as the chief of the Division of Medical Toxicology and the chief opioid officer for University of Massachusetts Memorial Health Care. (See Medicine@Brown, Spring 2022.)