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.
Hailed as a leader in the field of microbiology and biosafety, Dr. Wendi Kuhnert-Tallman has made a lasting impact on public health and safety at the highest national level. Throughout her 15-year career at the Center for Disease Control (CDC), she has emerged as an expert in infectious diseases, tackling global epidemics like the HIV-AIDS and Hepatitis B and C virus crises, the Ebola outbreaks, and most recently, the Zika virus. Dr. Kuhnert-Tallman oversees the CDC’s high contamination laboratory and laboratory services, leading the Center’s efforts to manage, contain, and cure these highly-contagious diseases. As the inaugural chair of the CDC’s Laboratory Safety Review Board, she continues to make meaningful contributions to her field as an advocate for superior laboratory safety procedures, standards, and guidelines. She remains committed to advancing one of the fundamental issues of stable societies: good health for its citizens. For the service that she has provided our nation during her accomplished career, and for representing her alma mater with such distinction, we are proud to recognize Dr. Wendi Kuhnert-Tallman with this award.