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Medical Alumni Society honors six physicians

The University of Minnesota’s Medical Alumni Society has selected six physicians to receive its three awards for 2007. Please join us in congratulating and thanking these hardworking doctors for their exceptional work in the service of the medical profession.

The Harold S. Diehl Award

This lifetime achievement award is granted to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Medical School, the University, and the community. It was established by the University of Minnesota Medical Alumni Society in honor of the Medical School’s fifth dean, Harold Sheely Diehl, M.D.

A member of the Class of 1955, Delaney is being honored for his commitment to his patients, students, and colleagues through his work at the University of Minnesota. Delaney became a faculty member in the Department of Surgery in 1965—earning his Ph.D. in physiology from the University in 1966—and today is a professor emeritus. Over the years, he became a leading breast and endocrine surgeon at the University while serving as a role model for residents and his peers. Colleagues revere Delaney as a “surgeon’s surgeon” who conducts his work and life with integrity.

A member of the Class of 1963, Hanson is being honored for his tireless devotion to improving the health of his community, especially through tobacco-cessation and violence-prevention efforts. A career pulmonologist now at Park Nicollet Clinic in St. Louis Park, Hanson has advocated for a smoke-free Minnesota for two decades and is currently board president of the Minnesota Smoke-Free Coalition. He has served as president of the Minnesota Medical Association and has been an inspirational mentor to many young physicians.

A member of the Class of 1957, Lyon is being honored for his decades of service to the Medical School and the community. Lyon began serving the school early as president of his class. Now he is an emeritus clinical associate professor in the University’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health; a mentor to students; and a member of the Minnesota Medical Foundation’s board of trustees. He has also been a consultant in his field nationally and internationally as well as an advocate for reproductive freedom. Colleagues say his generous spirit has contributed to his many accomplishments.

The Distinguished Alumni Award

This award recognizes University of Minnesota Medical School alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their local, regional, or national community through medical practice, teaching, research, or other humanitarian activities.

A member of the Class of 1953, Goldberg recognized music’s soothing effects on hospital patients and staff alike and founded the Health Sciences Orchestra in 1994. Currently an associate professor of radiology and a violinist, Goldberg has helped provide faculty and staff in the University’s Academic Health Center with a musical outlet to help ease the stresses of their professional lives while bringing joyful tunes to audiences at a variety of University venues. In addition to his musical endeavors, Goldberg has been involved with teaching medical students and residents at the University for the past 50 years.

A member of the Class of 1961, Olness has been a longtime leader in improving children’s health around the world. She was a quietly effective “doctor without borders” before the now well-known international medical relief group was organized, volunteering her service in Africa, Asia, North and South America, and the Middle East. In Minnesota, Olness developed the first developmental-behavioral pediatrics program in the Midwest. She also cofounded Minnesota International Health Volunteers and the all-volunteer group Health Frontiers. She is currently a professor in pediatrics, family medicine, and global health at Case Western Reserve University.

The Early Distinguished Career Award

This award honors a physician for his or her exceptional accomplishments within 15 years of medical school graduation.

JOHN Y. SONG, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.T.
A member of the resident alumni Class of 1994, Song is being honored for his commitment to serving underserved and disadvantaged populations. An assistant professor of medicine and member of the University’s Center for Bioethics, Song founded the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, a free clinic that serves homeless people in Minneapolis’s poorest neighborhood. Song leads students and volunteers there who strive to provide compassionate, nonjudgmental, and culturally appropriate care to patients. He also practices at the Community-University Health Care Center and is an acknowledged leader in developing an interprofessional bio-ethics curriculum at the University.

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