University of Rochester

Advancement Awards

School of Medicine and Dentistry

The School of Medicine and Dentistry was founded as one of the first medical schools to integrate research, teaching, and patient care within a university setting. Rochester faculty and alumni played key roles in developing the biopsychosocial model, the double-helix curriculum, several life-saving vaccines, the secret to synthesizing DNA, the mechanism for time-release medications, and the eradication of smallpox.

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Alumni Achievement Award

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Established in 2012, this award recognizes an outstanding alumnus who has excelled in teaching, community service, research, clinical and/or health policy in furtherance of the ideals of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. All University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry alumni who completed their training at SMD within the last 25 years are eligible for this award.

Alumni Service Award

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Established in 2002, the Alumni Service Award recognizes a graduate who has furthered the interests of the School of Medicine and Dentistry through significant support, commitment, and service to the School. The recipient is chosen by the School of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Council. The recipient is chosen by the School of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Council.

Dean’s Medal

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Established in 2008, the Dean’s Medal recognizes extraordinary service, philanthropy, and leadership to the school, and dedication and commitment that inspire others to take leadership roles at the University. Individuals, families, associations, corporations, or foundations may be recognized. It is among the highest honors given by the school. 

Distinguished Alumnus Award

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Established in 2003, the Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes outstanding and widely recognized achievement, particularly by one who exemplifies the standards and objectives of the School of Medicine and Dentistry through personal conduct, professional accomplishments, and community service. Distinct preference is given to one whose achievements have a significant impact on the medical field on a national and global scale. The recipient is chosen by the School of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Council.

Humanitarian Award

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Established in 2008, the Humanitarian Award recognizes graduates of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry who have contributed to the betterment of the world by their selfless alleviation of suffering among those in need, bringing honor to themselves and the University. The recipient is chosen by the School of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Council.

John N. Wilder Award

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Established in 2008, the John N. Wilder Award honors an individual, family, association, corporation, or foundation whose philanthropy inspires others in support of an “Ever Better” University of Rochester. The award is named for John Wilder, first president (chairman) of the University’s Board of Trustees.

School of Medicine and Dentistry Recipients