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Medical School professors receive Outstanding Community Service Award

Barbara Elliott, Ph.D., a professor of family medicine at the Medical School-Duluth Campus, and Travis Thompson, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, Twin Cities, were among five University staff and faculty members who in April received the University’s prestigious Outstanding Community Service Award.

Established in 1999 by University President Robert Bruininks, Ph.D., the award honors members of the University community who have devoted their time and talents to making “substantial, enduring contributions to the community and to improving life and the well-being of society.”

Elliott, who in 2006 received the University of Minnesota-Duluth Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Research, was recognized for her work advancing adolescent health and promoting access to health care for at-risk youth. Her current research supports two adolescent health clinics in Duluth.

The award recognized Thompson, who is affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics’ autism program, for his instrumental work in developmental disabilities that has improved the lives of children and adults with autism and related disabilities.

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