UR Medical Student Receives Prestigious AMA Leadership Award

February 05, 2001

Gregory Lam, a third-year medical student and Sarnoff Fellow of Cardiovascular Science at the University of Rochester Medical Center, has been selected as a 2001 American Medical Association Leadership Foundation Fellow. Lam is one of only 50 medical students, residents and fellows selected for the prestigious honor.

The AMA Leadership award is presented to individuals who demonstrate strong, non-clinical leadership skills in medicine or community affairs. The award program encourages involvement in organized medicine and continued leadership development among the country's brightest and most energetic medical students and residents.

A special AMA National Leadership Development Conference will be held in March in Washington, D.C. Lam will participate in workshops designed to enhance leadership skills and meet with nationally prominent political, civic and medical leaders to discuss issues relevant to health care.

"This award is a vote of support for the concept of the physician scientist," says Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Research, a component of the Aab Institute of Biomedical Sciences. Berk serves as Lam's sponsor for the Sarnoff Fellowship.

"Individuals such as Greg bring a sense of commitment and creativity to medical science that has stimulated the enormous progress over the last few decades," Berk continues. "I have strongly supported the Sarnoff Fellowship program because it provides a unique opportunity for students to be exposed to cutting-edge science and develop close mentorships and relationships with other physician scientists - a key to future success."

"Mr. Lam is truly a renaissance student," says Laurence Guttmacher, M.D., Advisory Dean, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Faculty Development at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. "During his time at the University of Rochester, he has been on a medical mission to the Dominican Republic, was selected for a highly competitive research fellowship in Cardiology, succeeded in a rigorous academic curriculum, and has now been tapped for his leadership potential by the AMA. This sort of diverse achievement is a tribute to his hard work and extraordinary values."

Lam, one of 15 Sarnoff Fellows in the United States, is serving a one-year research sabbatical supported by the Stanley J. Sarnoff Foundation at the Heart and Lung Research Institute at Ohio State University. His research relating to cardiac disease focuses on monocyte/macrophage biology, which are immune cells that are integral in coronary artery disease.

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