For Release: November 23, 2005
Contact: Jane D'Antonio 603-653-1997
Dr. C. Everett Koop Honored With Rogers Award By Association of American Medical Colleges
LEBANON, NH-- C. Everett Koop, M.D., Sc.D., Former Surgeon General of the United States, Elizabeth DeCamp McInerny Professor of Surgery at Dartmouth Medical School and Senior Scholar at the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth Medical School, has received the prestigious David E. Rogers Award for 2005 from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Koop was honored with the award at the AAMC's annual meeting in Washington DC.
In his roles as educator, physician, scientist, and most prominently, Surgeon General of the United States, Koop has raised America's public health consciousness, pushing citizens to think "beyond the boundaries" of simply scheduling an annual checkup, to taking charge of their own health. In the words of Dartmouth Medical School Dean Stephen P. Spielberg, MD, Koop's contributions are both "broad and deep" and he is "one of this century's most distinguished contributors to medicine and health."
The award, jointly sponsored by the AAMC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a tribute to Dr. David Rogers, a former president of the Foundation and an exemplar of academic medicine's commitment to meeting the health care needs of our country. The Rogers Award is granted annually to a member of a medical school faculty who has made major contributions to improving the health and health care of the American people.
"Dr. Koop was chosen as the 2005 recipient of the Rogers Award for his tireless advocacy for children's health, and for being a champion for early immunization/disease prevention and the government's chief spokesperson on AIDS, as well as a public crusader against nicotine addiction," says AAMC spokesperson Nicole Buckley.
Dr. Koop earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from Cornell Medical College. After an internship at Pennsylvania Hospital, he pursued postgraduate training at Boston Children's Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Graduate School of Medicine, from which he received his doctor of science (in medicine) degree. Throughout his distinguished career as a teacher, physician, and scientist, Dr. Koop has contributed to the education of students and physicians at all levels of medical training.