Press ReleaseDate: 02-01-13
Name: Rob Forman Phone: 973-972-7276
Four from UMDNJ to be Honored for Excellence in Medicine
- Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut, MD, professor and chair, Department of Neurology, UMD NJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and chief, Neurology Service, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, who will receive the Outstanding Medical Research Scientist Award for Clinical Research. Dr. Dhib-Jalbut, a resident of Princeton, conducts research in the area of multiple sclerosis, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National MS Society. He is currently president-elect of ACTRIMS, the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, a prestigious international organization.
- Robert L. Johnson, MD, the Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Endowed Dean of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, where he is a professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry. Dr. Johnson will receive the Edward J. Ill Physician's Award®. Dr. Johnson is a nationally known expert on adolescent and young adult medicine and the first alumnus to serve as dean of New Jersey Medical School.
- Smita S. Patel, PhD, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, who will receive the Outstanding Medical Research Scientist Award for Basic Biomedical Research. Dr. Patel's recent research includes studies of helicase and polymerase enzymes in mitochondrial DNA replication and transcription, and in recognition of viruses for antiviral immune response. Dr. Patel lives in Whitehouse Station.
- Carol A. Terregino, MD, senior associate dean for education (interim) and associate dean for admissions and student affairs at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, who will receive the Outstanding Medical Educator Award. A Cranford native who currently lives in Mt. Laurel, Dr. Terregino also serves as the senior associate dean for admissions (interim) for the Camden regional campus.
Named for a New Jersey physician who pioneered the promotion of continuing education in ways that set the national standard, the Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Awards® -- created in 1939 -- honors exemplary New Jersey physicians whose dedication to education, research, and public service have significantly impacted the delivery of health care state- and nationwide. Since 2003, the annual awards have been sponsored by the MDAdvantage Insurance Company of New Jersey.
In addition to the honors listed above, recognition is also given in the following categories: Outstanding Medical Executive Award, Verice M. Mason Community Service Leader Award, and the Peter W. Rodino Jr. Citizen's Award®. This year's awards will be presented during a May 1 ceremony at Greenacres Country Club in Lawrenceville.
More information about the awards and the upcoming ceremony can be found online at the Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Foundation website, or by calling 609-803-2350.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is New Jersey’s only health sciences university with more than 6,000 students on five campuses attending three medical schools, the State’s only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and New Jersey’s only school of public health. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, which provides a continuum of health care services with multiple locations throughout the state.