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IUSM faculty, alumnus honored for research, professional achievements

Apr. 17, 2014

David Boone

David Boone, M.D.

David Boone, M.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the IU School of Medicine-South Bend, has been named a recipient of a Kenneth Rainin Foundation Breakthrough Award for his research in gastric control of intestinal function.

The Foundation, whose support of health, education and the arts includes research on Inflammatory Bowel Disease, previously awarded Dr. Boone an Innovator Award and Breakthrough Award. The Rainin Foundation was instrumental in establishing the University of California San Francisco Center for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.

Dr. Boone will present his research at the foundation’s annual Innovations Symposium in mid-July. The symposium topic is "Taming the Microbiome." A $100,000 award, renewable annually, is part of the award.

George E. Branam, M.D., a Muncie, Ind., pathologist and a graduate of IU and IUSM, was honored April 9 for his contributions to the IU School of Medicine during the 2014 Spirit of Philanthropy at IUPUI awards luncheon.

Dr. Branam has supported many initiatives at IU and the School of Medicine, including an endowed scholarship fund in his name, the IU School of Medicine Fund and the Brater Chair in Global Health Education. He has also served as a member of the Dean’s Council for more than 30 years and as president of the council’s board of directors. He also has served on the IU Cancer Leadership Committee. the Spirit of Philanthropy Award recognizes individuals who have had a profound impact on growth and development through their gifts and voluntary service to the IUPUI campus. 

Alan Ladd

Alan Ladd, M.D.

Alan Ladd, M.D., associate professor of surgery at the IU School of Medicine, has been elected serve as the vice-chair of the Committee of Clerkship Directors for the Association of Surgical Educators. This committee is the national representative body for clerkship directors in surgery in North America. 

As vice-chair and chair-elect, Dr. Ladd will participate in the creation of a national curriculum for surgery-related instruction for the first three-years of medical student education and in the development of a national process to validate the training expectation for clerkship directors in surgery.

Dr. Ladd has served as the IUSM statewide clerkship director in surgery since 2008, and directs a course for fourth-year students who are pursuing a career in a surgical field. He also serves as the chair of the IUSM Curriculum Council Steering Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the four-year medical student curriculum across IUSM's nine medical education centers. He is also the co-leader of the procedural medicine course development team, which is designing one of the core clerkship experiences for students. Dr. Ladd has also been the secretary of the IUSM Faculty Steering Committee for the past year.

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