2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards: Carver College of Medicine honors seven

Larry Beaty
Larry Beaty

Larry Beaty (’73 MD), a Marshalltown physician specializing in geriatrics, is devoted to developing tomorrow’s doctors. He guided training for medical students and family practice residents at Des Moines Broadlawns Medical Center, and helped to launch the Des Moines Area Medical Education Consortium.

Francis Castellino
Francis Castellino

Francis Castellino (’66 MS, ’68 PhD), director of the W.M. Keck Center for Transgene Research and dean emeritus of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, excels as an investigator, administrator, and mentor. His discoveries related to hemostasis and inflammation have advanced understanding of conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and hemophilia.

Gerald Gebhart
Gerald Gebhart

Gerald F. Gebhart (’69 MS, ’71 PhD), founding director of the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research, is globally recognized for groundbreaking research on mechanisms and modulation of pain, principally visceral pain arising from the internal organs. A multidisciplinary  professor at the University of Pittsburgh, he is a role model for students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty.

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Thomas Jessen

Thomas E. Jessen (’68 MD), a family physician in Newton, Iowa, for 40 years, has been a dedicated community supporter by serving as the high school football team physician, volunteering at the county’s free medical clinic, and leading by example through his involvement with a variety of local organizations.

Andrew Nugent
Andrew Nugent

Andrew Nugent (’96 MD), chair and department executive officer of emergency medicine at the UI Carver College of Medicine, was instrumental in establishing the department and creating Iowa’s only emergency medicine residency program, which has trained physicians practicing across his native Iowa.

Michael Welsh
Michael Welsh

Michael Welsh (’74 MD, ’77 R), the Roy J. Carver Chair of Internal Medicine and Physiology and Biophysics at the UI, is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator whose research has helped to define the molecular basis of cystic fibrosis and has advanced new therapeutic and preventive strategies. He directs the UI’s Cystic Fibrosis Research Center and the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute.

Collin West
Colin West

Colin West (’95 MS, ’99 MD, ’99 PhD), professor of biostatistics and medicine at Mayo Clinic, strives to improve patient care by promoting physician satisfaction through studies on quality of life, burnout, empathy, and other markers of personal well-being and distress among medical students, residents, and practicing physicians.