Wake Forest Baptist November Awards and Recognitions Vol. II

November 30, 2016

Wake Forest Baptist Receives Grant to Fund Childhood Cancer Research

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has received a grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund childhood cancer research trials.

The grant of $56,335 supports work directed by Thomas McLean, M.D., professor of pediatrics, in the section on hematology and oncology at Wake Forest Baptist.

St. Baldrick’s is a volunteer-powered charity dedicated to raising money for the most promising childhood cancer research. Since 2009, it has provided more than $585,000 to support childhood cancer research trials at Wake Forest Baptist.

Wake Forest Baptist Researcher Honored by American Heart Association

Gregory L. Burke, M.D., director of the Division of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has received the Distinguished Scientist award from the American Heart Association (AHA).

Burke received the award for devoting his career toward seeking a clearer understanding of the etiology of cardiovascular disease in populations and in the development of better strategies for chronic disease prevention. The award was recently presented at the annual AHA meeting in New Orleans.

The AHA’s Distinguished Scientists are a prominent group of scientists and clinicians whose work has advanced the understanding of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Wake Forest Baptist Professor Receives National Award

Patrick Ober, M.D., professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has been selected as the recipient of the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

The award recognizes Ober’s contributions to academic medicine.

The AAMC is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through medical education, patient care and medical research.

 Wake Forest Baptist Nurse Awarded for Service

Theresa Johnston-Crews, B.S.N., M.B.A., a registered nurse in the ALS Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has received the Sue Humphries Service Award by the ALS Association North Carolina Chapter.

Johnston-Crews was recognized for her service to the ALS community in the state.

The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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