At the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association (WMAA) Awards Banquet in April 2019, several notable alumni, faculty and staff of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health received awards.

Patrick E. McBride, MD '80, MPH

A professor emeritus, McBride (pictured with Dean Robert Golden, MD) earned the Medical Alumni Citation–Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors an MD alum who has achieved distinction in academic activities and in the practice of medicine.

“Dr. McBride — a wonderfully accomplished physician, educator and researcher — has had an enormous impact locally and nationally over several decades. Myriad programs, awards, grants, curricula, publications and clinical guidelines are associated with his name, particularly in the field of preventive cardiology, which he helped launch,” says Golden. “His legacy includes his passionate mentoring of countless medical students, residents and faculty members at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.”

Robert Golden presenting Patrick McBride with an award
Patrick McBride (right) with Dean Robert Golden

Having dedicated his career to the School of Medicine and Public Health’s missions of education, research and clinical care, McBride has long been a champion and role model for integrating medicine and public health, and was one of the leaders to help transform the school into the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

After earning his medical degree at the School of Medicine and Public Health, he received a master of public health degree and completed his family medicine residency at the University of South Carolina. McBride returned to Wisconsin in 1984 and applied perspectives as a faculty member in the Departments of Medicine and of Family Medicine and Community Health.

He played a leadership role in creating one of the nation’s first preventive cardiology programs and helped develop clinical programs aimed at lowering cardiovascular disease risk in people and populations.

In addition to his work locally and throughout Wisconsin, McBride led national efforts to address the epidemic of coronary artery disease. His research, teaching, practice and advocacy focused on cholesterol and hypertension treatment and cardiovascular disease prevention, as reflected in his more than 200 scientific publications. He has earned numerous local and national teaching awards, including a Distinguished Educator Award from UW-Madison and a lifetime position in the university’s Teaching Academy.

Further, McBride served with distinction for more than 10 years as the associate dean for students.

Pierre N. Tariot, MD (PG '81)

Tariot (pictured with Dean Robert Golden, MD) received the Resident Citation–Distinguished Resident Award, which honors an outstanding alum from a School of Medicine and Public Health or UW Health residency or fellowship program who has achieved distinction in academic activities and in the practice of medicine. His career focuses on the care and study of people who have or are at risk for brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

He has had a significant impact on the field through his leadership on more than 50 Alzheimer's-related clinical trials, including some that resulted in approval of new medications. He participated in the key trials of all four U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved treatments of Alzheimer's, as well as clinical studies that focus on the management of challenging dementia-related symptoms.

Robert Golden presenting Pierre Tariot with an award

Tariot’s more than 350 publications have advanced the development of new approaches, and he has participated in groundbreaking public-private partnerships.

Having earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York, Tariot completed internal medicine and psychiatry residencies at UW Health. He did an intramural research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health before joining the University of Rochester faculty as an assistant professor of psychiatry and medicine. He quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a full professor of psychiatry, medicine and neurology.

Next, he took the position of director of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix, and he is a research professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Tariot serves as co-director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative, a National Institutes of Health-funded, global program to study therapies that may delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease symptoms.

Having taught and mentored countless graduate and medical students, residents and fellows, Tariot is highly sought-after as a speaker, and he has received numerous awards and recognitions.

Kristen J. Nadeau, MD '98, MS

Nadeau (pictured with Dean Robert Golden, MD, and Michael Kappy, MD ’67, PhD ’67) earned the Early Career Achievement Award, which honors an outstanding alum who has attained exemplary success within 20 years of earning a medical degree from the School of Medicine and Public Health. The recipient will have made outstanding contributions through clinical service, research, education and/or administrative leadership, and show great promise for future success.

Robert Golden presenting Kristen Nadeau with an award

She is Prairie Band Potawatomi on her father’s side, and her heritage fueled her interest in American Indian health. In medical school, she recognized the intrinsic link between clinical care and research when she worked at Native American reservations and saw children with Type 2 diabetes and young pregnant mothers with diabetes. This inspired her to combine research and clinical care in her career.

Nadeau completed a pediatrics residency at Oregon Health & Science University and a pediatric endocrinology fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where she also obtained a master’s degree in clinical sciences. She joined the Department of Pediatrics at the Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver and is one of the youngest people to become a tenured professor in that department’s history.

An accomplished lecturer and teacher, she champions Native American health programs and is known internationally in the field of cardiometabolic abnormalities in children with obesity and diabetes. Nadeau has published more than 200 publications and is the PI or co-PI on 15 grants. She volunteers on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Native American Child Health, including annual Indian Health Service Site visits and yearly advocacy in Washington, DC.

2019 Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association Awards

Medical Alumni Citation—Distinguished Alumni Award

  • Patrick E. McBride, MD ’80, MPH

Resident Citation—Distinguished Resident Award

  • Pierre N. Tariot, MD (PG ’81)

Early Career Achievement Award

  • Kristen J. Nadeau, MD ’98, MS

Basic Sciences Emeritus Faculty Award

  • John F. Fallon, PhD

Clinical Sciences Emeritus Faculty Award

  • Charles N. Ford, MD

Sigurd Sivertson Medical Education Award

  • John R. Brill, MD, MPH (PG ’94)

Ralph Hawley Distinguished Service Award

  • Mary S. Landry, MD ’92

WMAA Service Award

  • Steven J. Merkow, MD ’80

Honorary life membership in the WMAA

  • Christopher M. Stillwell

2019 WMAA Teaching Awards

Given on behalf of the WMAA, these awards recognize SMPH faculty and house staff for their outstanding teaching efforts.

Distinguished Clinical Science Teaching Awards

These awards recognize clinical teachers from each of the SMPH’s major teaching locations (La Crosse, Madison, Marshfield, Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin) who are highly regarded by students for outstanding teaching efforts.

  • Andrea Van Wyk, MD ’07 (La Crosse)
  • Nicholas Haun, MD ’11 (Madison)
  • Matthew Jensen, MD (Marshfield)
  • Anne Getzin, MD ’11 (Milwaukee)
  • Robert Zemple, MD ’12 (Green Bay)

Resident Teaching Award

This award recognizes the superlative teaching efforts of a resident.

  • Emily Rosen, MD

Distinguished Basic Science Teaching Award

This award recognizes the most distinguished teacher in Phase 1 of the SMPH ForWard Curriculum, identified by second-year medical students.

  • Sana Waheed, MD

This article appears in Quarterly magazine.