Medical School Dean Honored for Service
The Empowerment Network presented Philip Alderson, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine
and vice president for medical affairs, with its Wind Beneath Our Wings Award last
The award is given to one member of the community each year who has gone above expectations
to help The Empowerment Network, a grass roots organization that supports underserved
men and their families who are impacted by prostate cancer.
“Dr. Alderson has helped us to soar to greater heights than would have been possible
on our own. He’s more than a community partner. Dr. Alderson is a friend who always
took the time out of his busy schedule to help us,” said Mellve Shahid, CEO of The
Shahid noted that Alderson was at the helm of the medical school, which received a
five-year grant to partner with established advocacy organizations to fight cancer
in minorities. Through the grant, The Empowerment Network expanded prostate cancer
screenings and took its message of early detection and community education to the
Alderson retires from Saint Louis University at the end of the year, and will be succeeded
by Kevin Behrns, M.D., effective Jan. 1, 2017.