The Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association invites alumni to nominate their fellow alumni and, in some cases, faculty and staff of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health or UW Health, to be considered for WMAA awards. 

View the documents below for descriptions of the award categories and nomination forms. A Letter of nomination and CV are required along with any of the matching nomination forms. For more information, please contact Andrea Larson at

2019 awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Medical Alumni Association Awards, which were presented at the annual Medical Alumni Awards Banquet.

Medical Alumni Citation – Distinguished Alumni Award

This award honors an alumnus who has achieved distinction in medicine. Achievement is recognized through excellence in the practice of medicine, in academic activities and in research accomplishment.

Patrick E. McBride, MD ’80, MPH

This year, we are thrilled to honor Pat McBride, a national leader on the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Pat is not only an alumnus of UW, he has spent his career here, and dedicated himself to our 3 missions – education, research, and clinical care.

Dr. McBride has long been a champion and role model for integrating the fields of medicine and public health. After receiving his medical degree at what was then the UW Medical School, he completed his MPH degree from the University of South Carolina, where he also completed his residency in family medicine. He returned to Wisconsin in 1984 and applied both of these perspectives as a faculty member in the Department of Medicine’s cardiovascular division and in the Department of Family Medicine. He played a leadership role in the creation of one of the nation’s first preventive cardiology programs, and spearheaded the development of clinical programs aimed at lowering the risk for cardiovascular disease in people and in populations.

While focusing on our community and state, Dr. McBride also led national efforts to address the epidemic of coronary artery disease. His research, teaching, practice, and advocacy activities focusing on preventive cardiology, cholesterol and hypertension treatment, and cardiovascular disease prevention, are reflected in his more than 200 publications.

A dedicated educator and mentor, Dr. McBride has received numerous local and national teaching awards, including a Distinguished Educator Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a lifetime position in our university’s Teaching Academy. And of course, for more than 10 years he served with distinction as our Associate Dean for Students.

Now an emeritus professor, Dr. McBride continues to serve as associate director of the UW Hospital and Clinics' Preventive Cardiology program and other clinical initiatives for people at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Resident Citation - Distinguished Resident Award

This award honors an individual who has completed a residency or fellowship at the UW Hospital and Clinics and achieved distinction in medicine. Achievement is recognized through excellence in the practice of medicine, in academic activities and in research accomplishment.

Pierre N. Tariot, MD, PG ’81

Dr. Pierre Tariot’s career focuses on the care and study of people with, and at risk for, brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. He has had an enormous impact on the field through his leadership on more than 50 clinical trials related to Alzheimer’s. His more than 350 publications have advanced the development of new approaches, and he has served as the lead author on studies that have led to FDA approval of several medications. He serves as co-director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative, an NIH-funded program to study experimental therapies that may delay or perhaps even prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in people at high risk.

One cannot overstate Dr. Tariot’s contributions to our current practice of treating people with Alzheimer’s disease. He has been involved in the key trials of all 4 FDA-approved treatments of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as clinical studies that focus on the management of the very challenging behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. He has participated in groundbreaking public-private partnerships, the creation of registries to support interest and enrollment in prevention trials, and other collaborative endeavors to advance Alzheimer’s disease prevention research.

Dr. Tariot completed both Internal Medicine and Psychiatry residencies at the UW Hospital and Clinics after receiving his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He then was accepted into the NIMH Intramural Program as a research fellow in 1983, where he remained until 1986, when he was recruited to the University of Rochester as an assistant professor of psychiatry and medicine, where he quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a full professor of psychiatry, medicine, and neurology before his recruitment to the Directorship of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, were he is also a Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Dr. Tariot has taught and mentored countless medical students, residents, fellows, and graduate students. He is a highly sought after speaker in both academic and public settings, and has received countless awards and recognitions.

Early Career Achievement Award

This award honors an alumnus who has attained exemplary success in 20 years post-graduation. The recipient will have made outstanding contributions through clinical service, research, education and/or administrative leadership.

Kristen J. Nadeau, MD ’98, MS

Dr. Kristen Nadeau recognized the intrinsic link between clinical care and research while she was still a medical student at UW in the 90s. Her father is Prairie Band Potawatomi, and her heritage fueled an interest in American Indian health accelerated while in medical school studying pediatrics. During that critical period in her professional development, she worked at 2 Native American reservations where she first encountered children with Type 2 diabetes and young pregnant mothers with diabetes. This inspired her to pursue a career that would combine research and clinical care.

After completing her medical degree here in 1998, she pursued a residency in Pediatrics at Oregon Health Sciences University and a Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where she also obtained an MS degree in Clinical Sciences. She joined the Department of Pediatrics at the Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver as an Associate Professor in 2011, one of the youngest individuals to reach that rank in the department’s history.

Dr. Nadeau continues to champion Native American Health programs through her clinical and service activities. An accomplished lecturer and teacher, she is a nationally and internationally-known authority in the field of metabolic abnormalities in obese children, including those with Type 2 diabetes. In addition to being a superb clinician, she is an outstanding researcher, with more than 150 publications. She is currently the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on 12 active grants from the NIH, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and other organizations. She also serves as a volunteer preschool and nursery teacher in a community homeless shelter for children experiencing homelessness.

Basic Sciences Emeritus Faculty Award

This award is given to a basic scientist who demonstrates long and effective service to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in teaching and/or research or noteworthy administration, including program development.

John F. Fallon, PhD

Dr. John Fallon, Harlan Winfield Mossman Emeritus Professor in Cell and Regenerative Biology, is internationally recognized for his scientific contributions to the study of pattern formation during embryonic development. The majority of his contributions are in the field of limb development, a passion he developed in the 1960s as a graduate student in John Saunders’ laboratory at Marquette. Many of Dr. Fallon’s findings have served as catalysts to move the entire limb development field forward over the course of his decades‐long career. Dr. Fallon is also highly respected for his willingness to share resources and expertise, which he did extensively throughout his career, and especially in his service to our school.

Dr. Fallon was appointed Assistant Professor of Anatomy at the UW Medical School in 1969, after earning a PhD in Biology at Marquette University and serving 2 years on active duty in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. He went on to serve on our faculty for more than 40 years.

Dr. Fallon served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies within the Medical School from 1989-1995. During this time, he reinvigorated our MD/PhD program, recruiting faculty campus‐wide and outstanding students nationally. These students, along with the MD/PhD educational program he put in place, constituted the solid foundation for our current NIH‐funded MSTP program. From 1996-2000, Dr. Fallon served as director of the campus-wide developmental biology graduate training program. In these capacities, he oversaw and facilitated the training of hundreds of graduate students.

Dr. Fallon retired in 2009, but continues to play critical roles in multiple SMPH endeavors. In 2010, together with Associate Professor Youngsook Lee, Dr. Fallon created a new course in Molecular and Cellular Organogenesis, and he taught in that course until 2017.

Dr. Fallon’s passion for his field and his dedication to the SMPH has been an inspiration to us for nearly 50 years, and we are proud to honor him with the Basic Sciences Emeritus Faculty Award.

Clinical Sciences Emeritus Faculty Award

This award is given to a clinical scientist who demonstrates long and effective service to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in teaching and/or research or noteworthy administration, including program development.

Charles N. Ford, MD

Dr. Charles Ford is Emeritus Professor of Surgery in the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, where he served as Chair from 1995 until 2007. During his tenure, Dr. Ford served as President of the Medical Staff, Chair of the Medical Board, and head of the Operating Room Committee. He has also served on numerous search committees, the UW Academic Planning Committee, and the Faculty Senate. He founded and directed the multispecialty collaborative “UW Health Performing Arts Medicine Program” and remains an active and engaged supporter.

Dr. Ford is internationally known for his research and clinical accomplishments. He has received numerous awards and recognitions as a leading expert in laryngology and voice disorders. Dr. Ford’s research included innovations in the use of collagen injections and tissue engineering to restore vocal folds. In 1990, he wrote the first American textbook on Phonosurgery, covering relevant advances in laryngology. Dr. Ford’s honors include the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Distinguished Service Award, the American Laryngological Association James E. Newcomb Award and its Presidential Citation.

During his tenure as chair, the division experienced remarkable growth of clinical programs including Otology, Rhinology, Laryngology, Skull-base, Pediatric, Head and Neck, and Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Ford recruited exceptionally talented clinical and research faculty and created an outstanding, stimulating academic environment. His legacy has been recognized by the creation of The Charles N. Ford, MD Professorship in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, an endowment that was fully funded by grateful patients, faculty colleagues, and residents and fellows who trained under him.

It's our pleasure to celebrate Dr. Ford’s extraordinary commitment and service to the University of Wisconsin and to the world of laryngology.

Sigurd Sivertson Medical Education Award

This award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the education of medical students throughout his/her career.

John R. Brill, MD, MPH, PG ’94

Dr. Brill earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency and a faculty development fellowship at the Aurora St. Luke’s program in 1996, later earning his Master of Public Health degree.

Dr. Brill serves as director of Medical Operations with the Aurora Network. He is also a teaching faculty member at the Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program in Milwaukee and a clinical adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH).

Dr. Brill is the director of medical student education for Aurora Health Care. He serves on the faculty and on the advisory committee for the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Specifically, he has mentored third- and fourth-year SMPH students in the TRIUMPH project “Chronic Illness Management in Teams of Urban Multidisciplinary Scholars.” He was also the founding medical director of the Clarke Square Family Health Center, a unique interprofessional practice located within a retail grocery complex in the most ethnically diverse zip code in Wisconsin.

Dr. Brill epitomizes the commitment to community-based medical education, especially in his efforts to support training of UW medical students in TRIUMPH at federally qualified health centers. He has been committed to increasing access to quality health care in the medically needy communities of Wisconsin. As a clinician and medical director, he contributes directly to improving health of the residents of Milwaukee and eastern Wisconsin.

Ralph Hawley Distinguished Service Award

This award honors an alumnus who has made outstanding contributions to the local community through medical practice, teaching, research or other humanitarian activities.

Mary S. Landry, MD ’92

Dr. Landry received her medical degree from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) in 1992. She completed an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the UW Hospital and Clinics in 1996. She is currently a clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UW SMPH and a women’s health physician with University Health Services.

Dr. Landry is co-founder and president of the Share the Health Free Gynecology Clinic in Madison. Share the Health is the only organization of its kind in Wisconsin. Run entirely by volunteers – including physicians, residents, medical students, undergraduates and other community friends – Share the Health is a true collaboration. The mission of the clinic is to improve the health of underserved women in need of gynecologic specialty care in Dane County and neighboring communities and serves as a free consultative clinic that solely diagnoses and treats gynecologic pathology including benign, pre-cancerous, and cancerous conditions.

Dr. Landry has taught and mentored many medical students and residents. Dr. Landry also chairs the UW SMPH medical student admissions committee. She is involved in research and lectures widely and, through Share the Health, holds group discussions in the community covering topics on women’s health.

Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association Service Award

This award honors an alumnus who has exhibited exceptional commitment to the WMAA over the years.

Steven J. Merkow, MD ’80

Dr. Merkow was born and raised in Wisconsin and bleeds red – a true badger. He earned his medical degree from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in 1980. He completed two years of general surgery training at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis followed by an orthopedic surgery residency and sports medicine fellowship at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston, MA. Following training, he joined Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin located in Waukesha County.

Dr. Merkow’s strong ties with UW medical school likely started with the influence of his father, Dr. William Merkow class of ‘43, the first board-certified general surgeon in Waukesha County.

Dr. Merkow is married to Dr. Ann Bartos Merkow, class of 1979. Together they have four children all in healthcare professions.

Dr. Merkow is a longstanding valued member of the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association Board of Directors. He began serving on the board in 2007 and served as President from 2014-2016. Dr. Merkow has led many WMAA initiatives over the years.  He continues on the board as well as the board’s executive committee.

As a longtime member of the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association, we are pleased to recognize his outstanding leadership and his unwavering advocacy for the WMAA.

Honorary Life Membership in the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association

This award honors a UW School of Medicine and Public Health or UW Health employee who has been particularly supportive and helpful to students and alumni.

Christopher M. Stillwell

Chris has been in the Office of Student Services since 2005, when he was originally hired as the inaugural Director of Academic and Career Advising. Together, with another awardee, Pat McBride, then-Dean of Students, they built a comprehensive Academic and Career Advising Program for medical students.

In 2012, Chris transitioned into a new role, Director of Student Services & Registrar. With Dr. Gwen McIntosh, Dean of Students, and other members of the Medical Education and Student Services team, he works on a variety of programs and interventions to optimize medical student learning and development across all four years. Chris oversees day-to-day operations in areas including academic advising; student enrollment, records and registration; policy development and implementation, and development special events and programs. Most recently, he’s worked closely with members of the MD educational leadership team to implement the ForWard curriculum.

Chris works tirelessly to support our medical students and his collaboration with the WMAA has been essential in building a connection that supports students as lifelong alumni members.