Lawrence Dorr (65MS, 67MD), an internationally known orthopedic surgeon living in Pasadena, California, was honored recently by Operation Walk, the humanitarian organization he founded in 1996 to perform free implant surgeries for needy patients in the U.S. and in developing countries.


Patricia Austin (74MD) was elected president of the American Medical Association Foundation. She is an ophthalmologist at the John Muir Health- Walnut Creek Medical Center in California.

William Robb III (70MD, 75R) is orthopedic director and chief medical officer at the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute.


Sandra Murray (80PhD), of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was awarded a Lifetime Fellow Recognition from the American Society for Cell Biology. The first African-American woman to be named a fellow, she was recognized for her efforts that include “increasing inclusiveness in the scientific workforce at all levels.”


Andrew Nugent (96MD), UI chair and departmental executive officer of emergency medicine, is president of the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine.

Kristy Weber, MD (96R), is first vice president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and will become the organization’s first female president in 2019. She is chief of orthopedic oncology at Penn Medicine and director of the sarcoma program in Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center.


Jeffrey Lynch (06MD, 12R), MPH, a pediatric ophthalmologist in St. Paul, Minnesota, has helped to improve the vision of nearly 30,000 people worldwide through ReSpectacle, a nonprofit organization he founded in 2011 that facilitates the redistribution of donated eyeglasses through an online database.

Manish Suneja, MD (04R, 06F), UI clinical professor of internal medicine and director of the internal medicine residency program, received the 2018 President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence, the university’s highest honor for teaching.


Jacklyn Engelbart (18MD), Chloe Gumpert (18MD), and Matt Traxler (18MD) received Distinguished Service Awards from the UI Carver College of Medicine for their outstanding contributions to medical education, student activities, and student-faculty relations. The newly minted physicians have started residencies at UI Hospitals & Clinics, University of Washington Hospitals, and the University of Kansas, respectively.

Nicole Gastala, MD (15R), was featured in a New York Times article for her efforts to treat patients addicted to opioid painkillers, heroin, and synthetic fentanyl at the Marshalltown, Iowa, family medicine clinic where she worked.

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