RMC Alumni Awards

Chris Goetz recipient of RMC DAA 2015

Distinguished Alumni Award background

The DAA has been awarded every year from 1968 to 2002, and biennially since 2003, at Reunion events. A total of 41 alumni have received the DAA, which represents 1 percent of all living RMC alumni (3,907) or 0.4 percent of all living RMC and GME alumni.

In 2016, the Executive Committee expanded the DAA award criteria to include three categories, so as to highlight the full breadth of RMC alumni accomplishments. Recipients will be honored at Reunion on Oct. 26, 2019.

Description of awards

Award 1: Distinguished Alumni Award in Medical Research and Education

The DAA in Medical Research and Education honors alumni who are pioneers in the academic medical field and have demonstrated excellence in medicine through innovative research and/or outstanding physician education.

Award 2: Distinguished Alumni Award in Clinical Excellence

The DAA in Clinical Excellence honors alumni who are national leaders in their specialty and have demonstrated excellence in the field of medicine through a commitment to clinical expertise and high-quality patient care.

Award 3: Distinguished Alumni Award in Leadership, Service or Innovation

The DAA in Leadership, Service or Innovation honors alumni who are leaders in their field and have brought distinction to the college through their professional achievements or a commitment to service.

Criteria for DAA nominations

The DAA was established to “honor alumni who have given distinguished service to the profession of medicine” and is presented to a graduate who has “brought distinction to the college through broadly recognized professional accomplishments.” It is the highest honor that the RMCAA can bestow.

To be eligible for a nomination of any Distinguished Alumni Awards, a candidate:

  1. must be a graduate of Rush Medical College or former house staff of Rush University Medical Center
  2. must be living (no posthumous nominations)
  3. cannot have received the award previously
  4. must be nominated by a graduate of Rush Medical College, former house staff of Rush University Medical Center, Alumni Relations/Philanthropy staff member, or Rush Medical College faculty member
  5. may not self-nominate

Campbell Alumni Service Award description

The Campbell Alumni Service Award, or CASAE has been awarded every year from 1984 to 2002, and biennially since 2003, at Reunion events. This award honors any alumnus, student, trustee, or faculty or staff member who has demonstrated dedication and commitment to the college or alumni community. 

Profiles of most recent recipients

Korbet headshot2019 Distinguished Alumni Award in Research and Education: Stephen M. Korbet, MD ‘79; GME
Stephen M. Korbet, MD, is the Lester and Muriel Anixter Professor of Nephrology and former chief of the Division of Nephrology at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Korbet became a member of the Section of Nephrology at Rush in 1984 and, over the last 35 years, has been extensively involved in clinical research. His areas of interest include renal biopsy, glomerular diseases with a particular focus on lupus nephritis and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis and the management of anemia in end-stage renal disease.
Korbet has published extensively with more than 125 peer-reviewed articles, 30 book chapters and has co-edited two books on lupus nephritis. He’s lectured worldwide as a visiting professor and at societal meetings and was named in the “Best Doctors in America” annually for the past 25 years. Korbet is a member of numerous organizations and was inducted as a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2013.
Kotin Headshot2019 Distinguished Alumni Award in Leadership, Service and Innovation: Anthony M. Kotin, MD ‘77; GME
Anthony M. Kotin, MD, a board-certified internist, is an independent consultant, providing advisory services to consulting firms, health plans and private equity funds. Kotin’s professional career started as an internist in private practice in 1980 and, from there, he co-founded and served as the medical director of a large IPA in the western suburbs of Chicago in 1983. In 1988 he moved into the emerging managed care industry, holding medical officer positions over the next 30 years, including the national CMO role at Travelers, Prudential and Magellan Health. Most recently Kotin was involved with an early-stage, venture-funded company, Complex Care Solutions, later acquired by Inovalon, which provided in-home care management services to Medicare Advantage members and HCC coding support to health plans.
Kotin is an executive council member and immediate past president of the Rush Medical College Alumni Association, and a member of the Rush University Medical Center Board of Trustees.
Kavinsky headshot2019 Distinguished Alumni Award in Clinical Excellence: Clifford J. Kavinsky, MD ‘86; GME

Clifford J. Kavinsky, MD, PhD, FACC, MSCAI is a professor of medicine and pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center. He’s held the position of director of the Coronary Care Unit, fellowship program director, director of the medical practice, and assistant director of the Division of Cardiology.  He is currently the director of Rush’s Center for Adult Structural Heart Disease, and Section Chief of Structural and Interventional Cardiology.  He is also the associate program director of the Rush University Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease, overseeing the training of numerous current and future leaders in academic and clinical cardiology.

Kavinsky is an expert on catheter-based therapies for heart and vascular disease, and an internationally recognized leader in the use of novel treatments for adults with congenital and structural heart disease. He is a Master Fellow in the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, with U.S. News and World Report nationally ranking him as, “Top Doctor” in Interventional Cardiology. Kavinsky serves as associate editor of the Journal of Structural Heart Disease and is Chairman of the Structural Heart Disease Committee of the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

Harris headshot2019 Campbell Alumni Service Award: Alan A. Harris, MD; GME
Alan A. Harris, MD, is currently the associate chairman in Medicine, senior attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases, and voluntary physician at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Harris is a professor of Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine, and the Emeritus James Lowenstine Professor of Internal Medicine in Rush Medical College.
Over the course of his career, Harris has been the vice chair of Academic Affairs and Internal Medicine Residency Program director in the Department of Medicine and served as chair of the Admissions Committee of Rush Medical College and chair of the Infection Control Committee of Rush University Medical Center. He recently completed a term as the interim director of the Division of Infectious Diseases.
A prior epidemiologist and assistant superintendent of the Municipal Contagious Disease Hospital of the City of Chicago Department of Health, Harris currently serves on the Department of Health Technical Advisory Committee for Communicable Diseases and Bioterrorism. Under the Governorship of James R. Thompson, he served on the Board of Public Health Advisors of the State of Illinois. He is also a Master in the American College of Physicians, a Fellow in the Infectious Disease Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and a member of the American College of Epidemiology.
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2017 Distinguished Alumni Award in Research & Education: Patrick Loehrer, MD ‘78, GME ‘81
Loehrer has been director of the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute cancer center, since 2009. He is recognized as a prolific clinical researcher and specialist in the treatment of a variety of cancers -  his research related to thymic cancer has been recognized with the Exceptional Service Award of the Foundation for Thymic Research. 
Loehrer was the founding chair of the Hoosier Oncology Group (now Hoosier Cancer Research Network) for two decades and conducted trials in 20 countries around the world. In 2010, Loehrer received the Special Recognition Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Kathleen Shannon Headshot
2017 Distinguished Alumni Award in Leadership, Service and Innovation: Kathleen Shannon, MD ‘81, GME ‘82 & ‘87
Shannon is the Detling Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. In this position, she is charged with guiding the clinical research and academic future of neurology and its outreach throughout the state. 
Shannon was the founder and director of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center of Excellence for more than 10 years while at Rush University Medical Center, and is now an Ad Hoc grant reviewer for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. She is also a member of the Data and Safety Monitoring Board for the NN105 Neuro-Next clinical trial for Huntington’s disease and is currently Chair of the Medical Policy Committee of the Parkinson Disease Foundation.
Marc Silver Headshot
2017 Distinguished Alumni Award in Clinical Excellence: Marc Silver, MD ‘79, GME ‘82 & ‘87
Silver is Chief of the Division of Medical Services, Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Director of the Heart Failure Institute at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. He is an international leader in heart failure, was a founding member of the Heart Failure Society of America and served as Editor-in-Chief of Congestive Heart Failure for 15 years. 
Silver was among the first heart failure experts to receive American Board of Internal Medicine certification in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation and has published nearly 200 scientific papers, plus book chapters and numerous abstracts.
Robert DeCresce, 2017 CASA Recipient
2017 Campbell Alumni Service Award: Robert DeCresce, MD
DeCresce is the director of the Rush University Cancer Center and serves as chairperson for the Department of Pathology and as chair of the Rush Health Board. 
DeCresce earned his MD, MPH and MBA from Columbia University and was a resident in Pathology at Columbia. Prior to coming to Rush, he was Chief of the Pathology Service at Michael Reese Hospital and has also been President of the Illinois Society of Pathologists. 
For his years of service on numerous Rush Medical College committees, his dedication to both current students and prospective applicants and his volunteer and philanthropic support of Rush Medical College, DeCresce is recognized with the 2017 Campbell Alumni Service Award.
Photo of DAA 2015 winner Chris Goetz
2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Christopher Goetz, MD ‘75, GME
Goetz is the director of the Rush Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on movement disorders, having published more than 400 papers in the field.
Goetz is actively involved with the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association, and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society. He is a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and has been the recipient of the Stanley Fahn Presidential Award of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.