Our 2017 Alumni Award Recipients
The UW School of Medicine Alumni Association is delighted to honor the following individuals, recipients of this year’s alumni awards.
Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Awards
This award honors alumni whose professional achievements and cumulative contributions have brought personal distinction, enhanced the profession, improved the welfare of the general public and brought honor to their alma mater.
Richard Kirkpatrick, M.D. ’72
With a career spanning more than 40 years, Dr. Kirkpatrick has made many contributions to his community — both in and outside of his medical practice. Since 1976, he has worked tirelessly to improve the infrastructure, facilities, cultural offerings and youth sports programs in Longview, Wash., all while maintaining a respected medical practice. Dr. Kirkpatrick also recruits outstanding internal medicine clinicians and subspecialists to the region, and he advocates tirelessly for affordable care and the recruitment of primary-care physicians to rural communities. Watch the video.
F. Bruder Stapleton, M.D., Res. ’74
Dr. Stapleton has contributed significantly to the literature in nephrology and pediatrics with more than 250 publications and manuscripts. In addition to his many medical and scientific accomplishments and awards, Dr. Stapleton has promoted a culture of equity and diversity in his department, opening eyes to unconscious bias and championing diversity as essential to strengthening the school’s programs, research and ideas. Watch the video.
Alumni Humanitarian Award
This award honors an alumnus or alumna who embodies the ideals of the UW School of Medicine and whose career reflects an ongoing commitment to serve others through the practice of medicine.
Lois Thetford, PA-C (Seattle 14)
Ms. Thetford has an unparalleled dedication to working with battered women, children in need and the homeless. She was a founder of the 45th Street Community Clinic in Seattle and an educator at MEDEX Northwest, UW Medicine’s physician assistant program. Most recently, Ms. Thetford developed a credited interprofessional course for health sciences students at the University of Washington, titled “Homelessness in Seattle” and aimed at enhancing the skill set of future practitioners who may work with homeless populations. Watch the video.
Alumni Early Achievement Award
This award recognizes an alumnus or alumna who graduated from medical school within the last 20 years and has excelled in his or her career in medicine, making significant contributions to clinical care, medical science, humanitarianism or administrative activities.
Paul Crane, M.D. ’97, Fel. ’03, MPH
Dr. Crane has already had a productive and impressive career as a researcher and educator, making substantial contributions to the understanding of the aging brain and Alzheimer’s disease and leading investigations in a variety of fields, including endocrinology, genetics, neuropathology and psychometrics. Dr. Crane is also a leader in the epidemiology of later-life brain structure and functioning. Watch the video.
Alumni Service Award
This award recognizes an alumnus or alumna whose dedicated and determined efforts have benefited the University of Washington School of Medicine and/or the University of Washington School of Medicine Alumni Association and/or his/her community.
J. Randall Curtis, M.D., Res. ’91, Chief Res. ’92, MPH, Fel. ’95
Dr. Curtis is an empathic and attentive clinician, and, in addition to years of dedication to patients and students, he is also a leader in the field of palliative care. He published a series of clinical trials and observational studies that have helped to establish palliative care as a legitimate scientific and academic discipline, and he has helped put UW Medicine on the map worldwide as a hub for work in this important field. Watch the video.