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 andrea.larson@wisc.edu.

2020 awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 Medical Alumni Association Awards.

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.

William A. Gahl

William A. Gahl, MD ’76, PG ’80, PhD ’81
Senior Investigator, National Human Genome Research Institute
Director, NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program
Head, Human Biochemical Genetics Section, National Institutes of Health

"Dr. Gahl’s record of accomplishments is nothing short of impressive. He is author of over 500 articles, book chapters, reviews, and commentaries, including 15 articles in the New England Journal of Medicine. His extraordinary research and clinical accomplishments have achieved international renown. He is, undoubtedly, one of our most distinguished alumni."

—Christopher G. Green, MD
Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs
Associate Chief Medical Officer
Professor of Pediatrics
UW School of Medicine and Public Health

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.

Patrick A. Turski

Patrick A. Turski, MD, PG ’79
Professor Emeritus, Departments of Radiology and Medical Physics
Past Chair, Department of Radiology, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

"Pat Turski leads by example. He is respected by all for his integrity, generosity, and fairmindedness. His reach has been global and his legacy will be with us for many years to come. He is an exceptional physician-scientist and exemplary human being; I cannot think of a more deserving individual for this recognition."

—Thomas A. Grist, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Radiology
UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Early Career Achievement Award

This award honors an alumnae/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.

Amy Kind

Amy J. Kind, MD ’01, PG ’07, PhD ’11
Associate Professor
Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology
Department of Medicine
UW School of Medicine and Public Health
Founding Director
Health Services and Care Research Program
Department of Medicine
UW School of Medicine and Public Health

"Dr. Kind has seamlessly blended her fierce commitment to patient-driven care with her passion for research. As an internationally renowned interventional health services researcher, she is well situated to find answers to the myriad challenging questions frequently faced by geriatricians, public health researchers, and public policy officials. The combination of her clinical practice, academic activities, and research excellence in unparalleled."

—Sanjay Asthana, MD
Associate Dean for Gerontology
UW School of Medicine and Public Heatlh
Professor and Division Chief, Geriatrics and Gerontology
Duncan G. and Lottie H. Ballantine Endowed Chair in Geriatrics
Director, NIA/NIH Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Director, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital

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.

Robert H. Fillingame

Robert H. Fillingame, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Former Professor and Chair
Department of Biomolecular Chemistry
UW School of Medicine and Public Health

"Over the last four decades, Bob Fillingame has demonstrated a tireless commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service to the SMPH that has benefitted thousands of medical students and their countless patients."

—David A. Brow, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Biomolecular Chemistry
UW School of Medicine and Public Health

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.

Daniel M. Albert

Daniel M. Albert, MD, MS ’97
Professor Emeritus
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
UW School of Medicine and Public Health
Professor of Ophthalmology
Casey Eye Institute
Oregon Health and Sciences University
Founding Director
McPherson Eye Research Institute
UW-Madison

"We are privileged to have had Dr. Albert with us for over 25 years. He left a legacy of new medical knowledge, an interdisciplinary eye research institute, and a collection of fascinating writings. Dr. Albert’s contributions extend well beyond the walls of the University, the confines of ophthalmological clinical care, and the promotion of research. The sum of his accomplishments are outstanding, global, and timeless."

—David M. Gamm, MD, PhD
Emmett A. Humble Distinguished Director, McPherson Eye Institute
Sandra Lemke Trout Chair in Eye Research

Sigurd Sivertson Medical Education Award

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

David J. Henningsen

David J. Henningsen, MD ’91
Family Physician
Marshfield Medical Center - Rice Lake
Lakeview Medical Center - Rice Lake
Preceptor
UW School of Medicine and Public Health

"Dr. Henningsen’s dedication to medical education has been a tremendous asset to students, and to our clinic center and health system. He is an excellent clinician teacher who has had a positive influence on many students. His sustained commitment and contributions deserve recognition."

—Stephen T. Holthaus, MD
WARM Director - Marshfield Clinic Health System
Family Medicine
Marshfield Medical Center - Rice Lake

Ralph Hawley Distinguished Service Award

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

Rebecca L. Hawkins

Rebecca L. Hawkins, MD ’78
Retired VA Physician
Paradise Valley, AZ

“Dr. Hawkins has always been a champion of the underserved. Since her retirement, she has continued to focus on veterans, this time assisting homeless veterans transition from life on the streets to mainstream living once again. Becky is a consummate example of what one determined and talented retired internist can do! Her mission, her ability to reach out and work with other community resources, to learn and apply new skills has resulted in a significant impact on bringing comfort and dignity to over 200 veterans. I am in awe of her seemingly endless energy, unfailing sense of humor, grace and joy she commits to this work.”

—Meg Behrens MD, Class of 1978

Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association Service Award

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

Kay A. Gruling

Kay A. Gruling, MD ’88, PG, ’91, FAAFP
Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin

"Kay is incredibly talented at engaging alumni in the life of the WMAA. As a long time WMAA board member and leader of her class, she has worked tirelessly to encourage alumni to stay connected to the SMPH and the WMAA. She is truly a role model for others to follow."

—Karen S. Peterson
WMAA Executive Director
Assistant Dean for Alumni/External Affairs
UW School of Medicine and Public Health

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.

Micaela D. Sullivan-Fowler

Micaela D. Sullivan-Fowler, MS, MA
Distinguished Academic Librarian
Head of Rare Books & Special Collections
Head of Marketing & Communications
Ebling Library for the Health Sciences
UW School of Medicine and Public Health

"Micaela has not only been consistently supportive and helpful to students and alumni but also safeguards and displays the UWSMPH’s greatest treasures— our unique collection of rare books. To her credit, these treasures are a working collection regularly displayed in the Middleton Historical Reading Room on Ebling’s 3rd floor. There, alumni, faculty, and students mingle around exhibits that Micaela creates. Students have commented that these centuries old books are often more compelling than looking at the material on the web."

—Philip M. Farrell, MD, PhD
Emeritus Dean and Professor
Departments of Pediatrics and Population Health Sciences
UW School of Medicine and Public Health