Dr. TAM, Top Students, Residents, Fellows honored at American College of Physicians meeting

Dr. Elizabeth Tam, Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Hawai’i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine, has received the Laureate Award from the American College of Physicians (ACP) Hawai`i Chapter.

The award, presented at the chapter’s January 7, 2012 meeting, recognizes Dr. Tam for “her leadership…selfless promotion of Internal Medicine…and her devotion to excellence and especially for her very positive role model to our medical students and young physicians,” said Dr. Kalani Brady, President of Hawai`i’s ACP. Past winners include JABSOM’s Dr. Patricia Blanchette, CEO of UCERA, UH’s faculty practice plan; Dr. Irwin Schatz, Cardiologist, who retired from the Department of Medicine last year after more than three decades at UH; and Dr. Dan Davis of The Queen’s Medical Center.

The Hawai`i chapter of ACP also honored several of the University of Hawai`i’s MD students, including second-year medical student Jeremy Stone, who finished at the top of the category covering Student Research. Stone’s award was based upon his work entitled “Evidence for Hippocampal Leptin Resistance in Alzheimer’s Disease”.  Second place for student research went to Marnonette Marallag, also a second year medical student, for “Collagen from Aged Mice Exposed to Short-Term Caloric Restriction and Rapamycin Display Unique Properties”; while third place went to Adrian Jacques Ambrose, second-year MD student, for “Geographical Maldistribution of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Physicians in Hawai`i.”

Additional awards at the ACP-Hawai`i meeting were presented to Captain Amy Stratton, DO, who finished in first place for Resident Research. She also was recognized for the Top Resident Vignette. Dr. Fiona Suydam finished second in Resident Research and Dr. Takahiko Tsutsumi was the third place recipient.

The Top Fellow Presentation award went to Masaya Higuchi, MD, while the Top Student Vignette went to second-year medical student Mazie Tsang.

Pictured: Dr. Elizabeth Tam, in a portrait by Reese Moriyama, taken at the UH Department of Medicine offices at The Queen’s Medical Center.


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