Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumnus 2013

Robert J. Kurman, MDRobert J. Kurman, MD is the Richard W. TeLinde Distinguished Professor of Gynecologic Pathology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is the Director of Gynecologic Pathology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. His academic work deals with the pathology of the female reproductive organs and he spends the majority of his time rendering microscopic diagnoses on biopsies and operative specimens from women with gynecologic disease seen at Johns Hopkins. MORE >>

Outstanding Young Alumnus 2013

Kenneth A. Egol, MDKenneth A. Egol, MD is the Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD). He is a graduate of Binghamton University and of the Upstate Medical School where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases and fellowship in orthopaedic trauma surgery at the Carolinas Medical Center, in Charlotte, NC. MORE >>

Humanitarian Award 2013

Sir Frederick N.Ballantyne, GCMG, MD, DScSir Frederick N.Ballantyne, GCMG, MD, DSc
After completing a degree in Chemistry at Howard University, I was admitted to SUNY in 1963. I must admit that I was totally unprepared for the freezing winters and the Anatomy Lab in the basement away from all sunlight.

The friendliness of all of my classmates warmed my spirits and helped me to not notice I was the sole black individual in this Medical School. Everyone was extra kind to me and that probably explained why in my senior year they elected me President of the Student Body. MORE >>

Previous Alumni Awards

Who Do You Admire?

Each year the Medical Alumni Association presents special awards during Reunion weekend. The litmus test is a simple question—Who do you admire? The Medical Alumni Association wants you to brag about your peers. Read more about the awards in the article "Who Do You Admire"  PDF document in the Winter 2007 Alumni Journal.

To nominate one of your peers, please download the appropriate form

and mail, fax or email your nominations to:

Upstate Medical Alumni Association
Setnor Academic Building, Suite 1510
750 East Adams St.
Syracuse, NY 13210

Fax: 315-464-4360


The Distinguished Alumna/us Award

The Distinguished Alumna/us Award was established in 1966 to recognize the extraordinary achievements and outstanding service of individual alumni. This award is presented to an Alumna/us who graduated more than twenty years ago. Past Candidates have been chosen for academic achievement, research initiatives, humanitarian efforts, outstanding service to their community, dedicated work for the Association/Foundation, distinguished teaching and/or outstanding work in industry and private practice.

The Outstanding Young Alumna/us Award

The selection committee recognized that most recipients were toward the end of their careers and in 1995 created the Outstanding Young Alumna/us Award, to recognize physicians doing great things earlier in their careers. This award is presented to an Alumna/us who has graduated within the last twenty years. Candidates should have demonstrated excellence in medical practice or research, service to the community, and/or commitment to the Medical Alumni Association/Foundation.

Humanitarian Award

The Medical Alumni Association announces the creation of a new award – The Humanitarian Award. Beginning at Reunion 2009, and in subsequent years in which there is a notable candidate, the Alumni Association will recognize alumni who exceed normal expectations in improving the lives of those in need with the Humanitarian Award.