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Medical College of Wisconsin Faculty Members Receive Health Care Heroes, Lifetime Achievement Honors from BizTimes

Milwaukee, Dec. 11, 2018 – The Health Care Heroes awards, presented annually by BizTimes Media, honor the accomplishments of people and organizations making a positive impact on health in the area. This year, three faculty members of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) were named Heroes, and one earned the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Parameswaran Hari, MD, the Armand J. Quick/William F. Stapp Professor of Hematology and Chief in the Division of Hematology and Oncology was named a Health Care Hero in the category of Advancements in Health Care. As one of the nation’s most well-respected bone marrow transplant physicians, Dr. Hari leads many landmark clinical trials that offer new hope to patients with complicated diseases.



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In the category of Behavioral Health, Robert Gouthro, MD, Director of Residency Training at MCW’s Northeastern Wisconsin Psychiatry Program and assistant professor and Regional Clerkship Director of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, was honored as a Health Care Hero for his innovative expertise and leadership in training mental health professionals who will address the state’s psychiatrist shortage.



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David Nelson, PhD, associate professor of family and community medicine, was named a Health Care Hero in the category of Community Service for his community-based research on and service to some of Milwaukee’s most vulnerable populations, including the homeless.




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Richard Aster, MD, is a senior investigator at Versiti’s Blood Research Institute and professor of medicine in the Department of Hematology and Oncology at MCW. Having worked at the BloodCenter for nearly 50 years, Dr. Aster has one of the longest-running National Institutes of Health research grants, which was received in 1970 and is still active today. His research focuses on platelets and body’s immune reaction to them.


“I am extremely proud of these MCW faculty members, whose exceptional work advances health for everyone in our community,” said Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, MCW Dean of the School of Medicine, Provost and Executive Vice President. “Each of them uses his unique skills and passions to make a positive difference and to serve as role models for our learners.”

BizTimes also recognized the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center Community Advisory Board in the Health Care Heroes category of Community Service.

The 2018 Health Care Heroes and Lifetime Achievement Awardee were featured in the BizTimes' November 26th issue. They will be recognized at an awards ceremony on December 14.

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