Ronald Arky, the Harvard Medical School Daniel D. Federman, M.D. Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Medical Education, and Anne Becker, the HMS Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, have been named the inaugural recipients of the Barbara J. McNeil Faculty Award for Exceptional Service.
The McNeil Award was established to recognize faculty members whose commitment and dedication to their schools have benefited both HMS and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. The award is named in honor of Barbara McNeil, the HMS Ridley Watts Professor of Health Care Policy, in recognition of her service to HMS.
“Dr. McNeil’s commitment to institutional service at Harvard Medical School began even before she joined the faculty in 1975 and has continued through the present day, and has been extraordinary,” HMS Dean Jeffrey S. Flier said in opening remarks at the presentation of the awards, adding that the recipients of the award embody the spirit of McNeil’s dedication to service.
McNeil, who is also the founding chair of the HMS Department of Health Care Policy, said she found it rewarding that the inaugural recipients are not only her friends and longtime colleagues, but are also exemplars of a continuity of service to HMS throughout the years.
“The three of us span three generations,” McNeil said. “Ron Arky was a faculty member when I was a medical student, and Anne Becker was a first-year student shortly after I received tenure.”
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