Thursday, October 27, 2011
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Richard Brubaker, M.D., Gene Hunder, M.D., Keith Kelly, M.D., and Guillermo Ruiz-Argüelles, M.D., have been named recipients of the 2011 Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award. The award honors individuals who exemplify Mayo Clinic's ideals and mission. The honorees will be recognized at a private black-tie dinner at the Mayo Foundation House on Thursday, Oct. 27.
The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees established the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award in 1981 to show appreciation for the exceptional contributions of Mayo alumni to the field of medicine. Individuals who receive the award have been recognized nationally and often internationally in their fields.
Dr. Brubaker has played a large role in shaping the science of ophthalmology through research and patient care, the future of ophthalmology through mentorship of students and staff, and the progress of Mayo Clinic through administrative service.
From his contributions to the clinical definition of the condition to groundbreaking pathogenic studies, Dr. Hunder is known worldwide for the research and treatment of vasculitis. He is particularly recognized and respected for his work in giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica.
Over more than 25 years, Dr. Kelly's contributions affected the practice of surgery and supported patient-oriented research. Dr. Kelly is an internationally known gastrointestinal surgeon and an expert in gastrointestinal motility. He performed innumerable studies on the clinical feasibility and effects of anal sphincter preserving operations and continence-producing operations after total colectomy.
Dr. Guillermo Ruiz-Argüelles is an internationally recognized hematologist who has made significant contributions to the management of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and aplastic anemia. His interests in hematology span from clinical care of hematologic malignancies to stem cell transplantation.
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