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.

Benjamin S. Danielson, M.D. ’92, Res. ’95

We honor Dr. Danielson for his distinguished career as a pediatrician, teacher, role model and advocate for children and families. He is recognized as a skilled clinician and is also a leader in his community — championing diversity programs, heading community-based efforts to reduce health inequity, contributing significantly to Washington State health policy and serving the public on government health boards. Dr. Danielson’s career exemplifies the mission of the UW School of Medicine and has impacted the lives of many children and families in Washington and beyond.

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.

Michael M. Haglund, M.D. ’87, Ph.D. ’88, Res. ’92, Fel. ’95

We honor Dr. Haglund for his selfless devotion to global health, desire to help others and expertise as a neurosurgeon. Dr. Haglund is a gifted physician, giving his time and talents for the benefit of global health for the last 21 years, first in Ecuador and currently in Uganda and Kenya, where he sees more than 500 patients per week. Dr. Haglund started the first Uganda Neurosurgery Training Program, for which he has personally supported the resident salaries, fees and travel for outside rotations, in addition to bringing more than 46 tons of equipment and supplies to the country. In addition to his work abroad, Dr. Haglund is a gifted neurosurgeon and scientist; in his role as distinguished professor of neurosurgery, neurobiology and global health at Duke University, he performs awake craniotomies and epileptic and cervical spine procedures. He has served his local and global communities as a physician, instructor, community and education program founder and philanthropist.

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.

John F. McCarthy, M.D. ’90, Res. ’92

We celebrate Dr. McCarthy for his years of dedication to his patients, his students and the UW School of Medicine. Dr. McCarthy is a skilled clinician, community leader and teacher who recognizes the need for rural physicians to provide care to underserved communities, as well as the many benefits of practicing in the rural setting. He is the UW School of Medicine’s assistant clinical dean for eastern Washington and was recently appointed as the assistant dean for rural affairs, overseeing all of the school’s award-winning rural programs, including RUOP, WRITE and TRUST. In his previous role as the director for service learning in Spokane, Dr. McCarthy helped found Spokane’s flagship service-learning program, the House of Charity free clinic.

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.

Heidi Crane, M.D. ’98, MPH, Fel. ’04

We honor Dr. Crane for her exceptional early career in clinical care, teaching and research investigating the determinants of HIV disease outcomes. She is an internationally recognized leader in her field, laying the foundation for future work that could significantly change our understanding of the drivers of comorbid HIV disease incidence and targets for intervention. Beyond her research, Dr. Crane is an outstanding clinician and teacher, mentoring numerous internal medicine residents, fellows, junior faculty and graduate students at the UW.

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