2020 Alumni Awards
Each year, the Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Awards program recognizes exceptional alumni who go above and beyond in their professions, in the community and within the University. The 2020 Alumni Association Award recipients were honored during a virtual ceremony on December 2.
Lourdes C. Corman, MD, WMC ’70
BOOTS COOPER, MD, SERVICE AWARD
Lourdes Corman decided she wanted to be a doctor when she was in second grade in Cuba. She emigrated to the U.S. in 1961, later followed by her family.
Corman enrolled in the Class of 1970 at Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. She did an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She then joined the University of Missouri, Columbia, for a fellowship in rheumatology. Since 1999, she has been professor and regional chair of the Division of Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Huntsville campus. In 2012, the Huntsville Regional Campus and Huntsville Hospital were approved for a new internal medicine residency program, of which Corman served as the initial training program director until June 2015.
Corman has co-edited several issues of Medical Clinics of North America on topics including medical evaluation of the preoperative patient, clinical immunology and nutrition. She edited Rheumatology for the House Officer and published early reports on the association of parvovirus with rheumatic diseases.
Corman has received multiple teaching awards, including a Golden Apple Award as chief resident at MCP, the prestigious Hippocratic Award at the University of Florida in 1994, and several Argus and Best Attending Awards from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Under her leadership, the department was chosen as “best clinical rotation” by the third- and fourth-year students many times. She retired in 2018.
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Ian B. K. Martin, MD, MCPHU ’00, MBA
OUTSTANDING MEDICAL GRADUATE AWARD
Ian Martin is system chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and professor with tenure of emergency medicine and internal medicine. He is also emergency physician-in-chief of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health system. Martin earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. He earned his MD from MCP Hahnemann University and his MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. Martin trained in emergency medicine and internal medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center and the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
He has devoted his academic career to improving the delivery of emergency care globally, with emphasis on East Africa. Martin’s research interests include elucidation of optimal models for emergency department–based HIV and hepatitis C testing and acute care disease burden epidemiology in developing countries. His work has been published in many high-impact, peer-reviewed journals. Martin has garnered grant support for his research from federal and state agencies, industry, and academic institutions.
Martin recently completed a term as president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Before that, he completed one-year terms as president-elect and secretary-treasurer of the society. He is also the founder and a past-president of SAEM’s Global Emergency Medicine Academy.
Martin is the 2018 recipient of the Marcus L. Martin, MD Leadership Award. He also received the 2020 Georges Benjamin, MD Award for excellence in education, service and research from the National Medical Association’s Emergency Medicine Section.
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Sharrón L. Manuel, PhD ’12, MD ’13
GRADUATE CITATION AWARD – EARLY CAREER OR YOUNG INVESTIGATOR
Sharrón L. Manuel is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center of El Paso. She also received her BS in biomedical engineering from Drexel University. For her PhD thesis in microbiology and immunology, she investigated the role of dendritic cells in the pathogenesis of human T cell leukemia virus–mediated disease. She completed her residency training at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and then completed a master’s in reproductive sciences and medicine at Northwestern University. The focus of her master’s thesis was female reproductive aging and changes within human ovarian stroma.
Manuel is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. Her clinical interests include managing basic infertility concerns, abnormal uterine bleeding, early pregnancy loss, women’s preventive health and general obstetrics. Her research focus is in the areas of polycystic ovary syndrome, reproductive aging and ovarian biology.
Manuel has presented abstracts and oral presentations on the local, regional, national and international level. She has authored and co-authored several manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. She has also received several awards for her mentorship and research as a young investigator, including the Society for the Study of Reproduction Burroughs Wellcome Travel Junior Faculty Fellowship and the University of Kentucky Resident Teaching Award.
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Mary Siracusa Parisi, MD, HU ’51
HU DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE AWARD
A pioneer for women in medicine, Mary Siracusa Parisi was one of only five women graduates of the Hahnemann Class of 1951. With perseverance, courage and relentless determination, Parisi became the first college graduate and first medical doctor in her family. She completed an internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital and residency in pediatrics at New York University Medical Center. She practiced until she was 91 years old. Dedicated to a lifetime in medicine, she served several generations of New York families in her thriving practice for 66 years.
In 1955, Parisi opened a pediatric practice in the Bronx, and later one in Glen Cove, New York. Widowed at 45 years old, she raised five children as a single parent. Education was of paramount importance, and all five children attended college; two went on to graduate school. Her daughter is a 1992 graduate of Hahnemann.
A solo practitioner with a steadfast, strong work ethic, she regularly made house calls, and answered phone calls at all hours. She saw newborns in the nursery and made hospital rounds. As volunteer faculty at North Shore University Hospital and Winthrop Hospital in New York, she mentored residents and provided internships for high school and college students.
Parisi served as president of the American Medical Women’s Association, president of the Morgagni Medical Society and a member of the board of Hahnemann School of Medicine.
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Timothy Manzone, MD, MCP ’89
MCP DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE AWARD
Timothy Manzone attended Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He practiced law for several years before becoming a physician.
He attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania, where he served two terms as class co-president. After graduating from MCP in 1989, Manzone completed a residency in medical imaging at Mercy Catholic Medical Center, and received fellowship training in nuclear medicine at both Temple University Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1999, Manzone joined the nuclear medicine section at Christiana Care, where he became nuclear medicine section chief in 2008. In this role, Manzone was recognized as one of Delaware’s “Top Docs” by Delaware Today magazine on multiple occasions. He retired from daily practice in 2020. His work in the field of bone health is nationally recognized and included formation of a multidisciplinary committee at Christiana Care to improve primary and secondary prevention of fragility fractures.
Manzone is a board member and past president of the General Clinical Nuclear Medicine Council of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. He is an application reviewer and member of the Nuclear/PET Board of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, and he recently served as president of the Delaware Society for Clinical Oncology. A strong supporter of Drexel University College of Medicine, Manzone served two terms on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and was president of the Alumni Association from 2016 to 2018.
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Meghan Kathleen Berkenstock, MD ’11
EMERGING LEADER AWARD
Meghan Berkenstock completed her ophthalmology residency at Drexel University/Hahnemann University Hospital, followed by an additional year of training in ocular immunology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. She then joined the faculty of the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Berkenstock exemplifies the tripartite mission of academic medicine: clinical excellence, research and teaching. Her research focuses on improving care of patients with uveitis. She is a co-investigator in National Eye Institute co-sponsored studies including the Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment trial and the Periocular and Intravitreal Corticosteroids for Uveitic Macular Edema trial. In addition, her clinical research focuses on identifying ocular adverse events associated with immunotherapy agents in the treatment of systemic malignancies.
She has been an invited speaker for national and international conferences, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the International Ocular Inflammation Society, and she is a board examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology. She is the author of more than 30 papers and book chapters and was nominated for the Johns Hopkins Health System Physician of the Year, and the Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality and Safety; she earned an honorable mention for the E. Robert Feroli Award for Excellence in Medication Safety.
Berkenstock currently serves on the College of Medicine Alumni Association Board. She has mentored Drexel students interested in ophthalmology, and provided them with research, presentation and publishing opportunities.
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John Langell, PhD, MCPHU ’98, MD, MCPHU ’99
OUTSTANDING BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES GRADUATE AWARD
As the seventh president of Northeast Ohio Medical University, John Langell is focused on transforming health care education and driving university innovation. He is a national leader in health care innovation, operations and strategy. He previously served as vice dean for innovation and as the executive director of the Center for Medical Innovation at the University of Utah.
Langell has expertise in product development and commercialization, business development and medical technology regulatory strategy. He developed the Center for Medical Innovation at the University of Utah to foster innovation in medical technology development and commercialization, and to aid in the creation of unique educational programs in innovation and entrepreneurship. He also co-founded the Therapeutic Games and Applications Lab at the University of Utah, focused on research, development, testing and deployment of software-based applications and digital solutions for disease management, health maintenance and simulation.
He is a retired colonel in United States Air Force after a distinguished 24-year career, where he served on both active duty and reserve status. He spent ten years as medical commander (CEO), directing operations of large health care programs and managing over 500 health care providers and administrators.
Langell completed his undergraduate training at UCLA and his MD and PhD at MCP Hahnemann University. He completed surgical training at Stanford University Medical Center and advanced residency training in space and aerospace medicine with NASA/UTMB at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
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Donald M. Yealy, MD, MCP ’85
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Donald Yealy earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Villanova University in 1981 and a medical degree at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1985. He then completed an emergency medicine residency in 1988 and a research fellowship in 1989 at the University of Pittsburgh.
In his more than 390 scientific publications, he was lead or senior author on NIH-funded efforts in airway management, acute pneumonia, acute heart failure, pulmonary embolism and sepsis care. His work has changed early care in many life-threatening conditions, with his publications guiding national recommendations.
Yealy is deputy editor of Annals of Emergency Medicine, has edited nine scientific textbooks (including bestsellers in emergency medicine and trauma care) and serves as a referee for 20 scientific journals. At the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, he oversees the early care of more than 1.5 million people each year in emergency and urgent care settings, and he led the system’s COVID-19 response. He currently serves on the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine.
Yealy received the highest research recognition from both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, as well as the highest educational award from ACEP and the leadership award for SAEM. He was given the Ralph C. Wilde Award for excellence in care and leadership by the Allegheny County Medical Society, and he is a 2017 inductee of the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest professional honors for a physician, health care leader or scientist.
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