Distinguished Alumni Awards

Every year, the UW School of Medicine Alumni Association recognizes exceptional alumni with a series of awards. We encourage UW School of Medicine alumni, faculty, staff and other professional colleagues to nominate alumni for one or more of the awards listed below.

The UW School of Medicine Alumni Association is delighted to honor the recipients of this year’s alumni awards.

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Recognizes an alumnus or alumna whose professional achievements and cumulative contributions have brought personal distinction, enhanced the general health and well-being of the public through professional practice, research or public policy, and brought honor to their alma mater.

Peter S. Rabinovitch, M.D. ’79, Ph.D. ’80, Res. ’81

We honor Dr. Rabinovitch for his distinguished career as a leader and educator in basic and translational research on the biology and pathobiology of getting older, and for his instrumental role in establishing the UW Nathan Shock Center for Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging. Internationally recognized for his work, Dr. Rabinovitch pioneered the methodology of flow cytometry both nationally and locally and served as the founding director of clinical diagnostic and research flow cytometry labs at UW and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute. Known as an outstanding teacher by many medical students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, Dr. Rabinovitch is also the long-standing director of a specialized NIH training grant, “Genetic Approaches to Aging Research.”

Robert A. Winquist, M.D. ’69, Res. ’74

We celebrate Dr. Winquist for his illustrious career in, and impact on, the field of orthopaedic trauma surgery. He has helped develop many new implants to facilitate improved fracture fixation, pioneered new techniques that are now standard practice, and instructed residents, fellows and fellow orthopaedic surgeons in these techniques. As a founding member and past president of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Dr. Winquist was instrumental in formalizing and standardizing the modern approach to orthopaedic trauma care in the U.S. and internationally. He is a regular lecturer and visiting professor around the world, a long-time board member of the Washington State Orthopedic Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the driving force behind the formation of Proliance Surgeons.


Alumni Humanitarian Award

Honors an alumnus or alumna who embodies the ideals of UW Medicine and whose career reflects an ongoing commitment to serve others through the practice of medicine, or whose research has contributed to greater communal good.

Tipu V. Khan, M.D. ’08

We honor Dr. Khan for humanitarian medical work throughout his career, most notably in his direct delivery of medical relief services following the devastation caused by the Haiti earthquake in 2010. He made multiple volunteer trips, providing hands-on medical care at the Project Medishare/University of Miami Field Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, both during the immediate response period and throughout ongoing recovery and reconstruction phases. Since medical school, when he founded the Al-Shifa — a group, consisting of medical students, that helps provide supervised medical care to low-income patients — Dr. Khan has devoted his career to working with the underserved. He has founded several free clinics in Seattle and California, inspiring students, residents and colleagues to provide free or affordable healthcare to the most vulnerable patient populations.


Alumni Service Award

Recognizes an alumnus or alumna whose dedicated and determined efforts have benefited the University of Washington School of Medicine and/or the University of Washington School of Medicine Alumni Association and/or his/her community.

Sandra E. Juul, M.D. ’81, Res. ’84, Chief Res. ’86, Fel. ’89, Ph.D.

We celebrate Dr. Juul for her service to her community and to the UW School of Medicine through clinical practice, teaching and research. As head of the Division of Neonatology within the Department of Pediatrics, she oversees a clinical program comprising 23 faculty members, two neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) at UW Medical Center and Seattle Children’s, and the hospital-based newborn medical services at Providence-Everett, Overlake and St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma. An outstanding educator, Dr. Juul trains medical students, residents and postdoctoral fellows in newborn medicine at UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s. Dr. Juul, the W. Alan Hodson Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, is also a leading investigator in the field of neonatology, with a focus on neural development and brain injury at birth.


Alumni Early Achievement Award

Honors an alumnus or alumna who graduated within the last 20 years and has excelled in his or her career, making significant contributions to public health through clinical care, medical science, research, humanitarianism or administrative activities.

Christine E. Dehlendorf, M.D. ’02

We honor Dr. Dehlendorf for her tremendous accomplishments in research, her dedication to teaching and to her patients and her unwavering commitment to the urban underserved in the areas of family planning and abortion care. Through her courageous work in women’s reproductive health and social justice, Dr. Dehlendorf has greatly enhanced the general health and well-being of the public. In national advisory groups, she has used her scholarship and stature in academic medicine to question conventional wisdom and usher in a new paradigm of patient-shared decision-making. Her work has inspired physicians and health professionals across the nation, deepening our understanding of the complex interplay of race, class and gender in women’s reproductive health and continually refocusing the dialogue on patient-centered care.

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