Awards and Honors 2013
Awards and Honors
Robert Belshe, M.D., director of Saint Louis University's Center for Vaccine Development, has been appointed to serve on the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) main advisory panel on allergies and infectious diseases.
Belshe, the Dianna and J. Joseph Adorjan Endowed Professor of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, will serve on the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council for four years. He is one of 12 health and science experts in the nation who join six lay members in advising the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on long-term planning and suggesting broad research priorities.
Sharon Frey, M.D., clinical director of Saint Louis University's Center for Vaccine Development and professor of infectious diseases, allergy and immunology, has been honored as one of the YWCA's Leaders of Distinction.
The YWCA recognized Frey for her accomplishments as an educator who shapes the next generation of physicians and mentors junior medical school faculty at SLU. Frey has led numerous vaccine trials to protect people from diseases, including the National Institutes of Health's H1N1 influenza vaccine trials at SLU, which analyzed the vaccine's safety and effectiveness in children, pregnant women and other adults.
James R. Kimmey, M.D., M.P.H., professor and executive-in-residence at the School of Public Health and former president and CEO of the Missouri Foundation for Health, received the 2013 Grantmakers in Health's Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy. The award pays tribute to health grantmakers whose work is distinguished by leadership, innovation, achievement, creativity, risk taking and boldness.
Kimmey founded the Missouri Foundation for Health in 2001 without an office, staff or funding strategy. Under his leadership, the foundation became the largest health-focused grantmaker in Missouri, awarding $50 million annually.
Mark Varvares, M.D., director of the Saint Louis University Cancer Center has received a national award for his advocacy work for music therapy.
Varvares is a champion of the power of music therapy to help patients cope with pain, discomfort and anxiety. The American Music Therapy Association honored Varvares for extolling the benefits of music therapy in the SLU Cancer Center's clinic with patients, residents, fellows, attending physicians and peers. Under his leadership, the cancer center has become the only cancer center in the area to fully embrace music therapy by having a dedicated full-time music therapist on staff.
Carole Vogler, M.D., chair of the department of pathology, received the H.P. Smith Award for Distinguished Educator from the American Society for Clinical Pathology ASCP).
Vogler, a professor of pathology and pediatrics, also is an ex-officio member of the School of Medicine Graduate Programs Advisory Council and past director of the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency Training Program. A longtime leader in the field of graduate medical education, she has been a dynamic force behind the ASCP Resident Review Course, which prepares pathology residents for the Board examination.