Distinguished Medical Alumni Award

The Distinguished Medical Alumni Award has been presented since 1970 to recognize alumni of IU School of Medicine who’ve honored the school by standing out professionally or performing extraordinary service to their alma mater. All IU School of Medicine graduates and trainees are eligible. Nominate an IU School of Medicine alumni for the Distinguished Medical Alumni Award.

2018 Recipient - Myron Weinberger, MD'63

A common piece of advice for individuals, even those without hypertension, is to cut back on salt intake. The scientific basis for this is due to the  pioneering work of Myron H. Weinberger, MD’63 who served on the IU School of Medicine faculty for over five decades. He and his colleagues, including Dr. Friedrich C. Luft and others at IU, worked in the Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) in Hypertension, one of five such centers supported by the NIH in the US. This incubator attracted scientists and fellows who pursued hypertension research throughout the world.

Weinberger began his research career at Stanford University, after completing his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at IU. He was the first to identify the high doses of estrogen in birth-control pills as a cause of hypertension in women. He developed one of the first radioimmunoassays to measure renin and aldosterone in blood that enhanced research in the field of sodium metabolism. This led to many new findings of the causes and treatments of hypertension. He was also one of the first to study the newly developed classes of drugs blocking components of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, as well as other new antihypertensive drugs including calcium channel and beta blockers. Six additional NIH grants investigated newer aspects of these findings leading to reduction in heart disease and stroke.

Weinberger directed the Hypertension Research Center, published over 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 25 books/book chapters, while conducting a busy referral practice treating hypertensive patients from the US and Europe.

To longtime friends and colleagues, Weinberger’s impact is even more extraordinary given the fact that he was born profoundly deaf and learned to read lips as well as books by the age of 4. In the third grade he obtained a hearing aid and embarked on a lifetime of adaptation, determined to become a physician despite repeated advice that it would not be possible.

“This disability did not deter his august achievements, and one must conclude that his achievements are even more remarkable by way of his perseverance and dedication to overcome any handicap to achieve academic excellence,” said Robert W. Holden, M.D., Dean Emeritus of the School of Medicine.

Past Recipients

David L. Nahrwold, MD’60, Res’65Charles M. Clark, Jr., BA’60, MD’63
Charles J. Dietzen, MD’87
Sharon P. Andreoli, MD’78, Res’81
William E. Segar, MD’47, Res’51
Lisa E. Harris, MD’83, Res’91
Frank W. Sellke, MD’81
William R. Cast, MD’62
Robert S. Dittus, MD’78, Res’81
Rodney C. Perkins, MD’61
Lawrence H. Einhorn, MD Res’70David E. Longnecker, MD’64
Ronald D. Miller, MD’64
Robert K. Stoelting, MD’64
Jean A. Creek, MD’52
Adam M. Robinson, MD’76
John N. Pittman, MD’57
George F. Rapp, MD’57
Clarence W. Boone, MD’67
Phyllis V. Irwin, MD’54
John Pless, MD’63
William Dalton, MD’80
Donald Rudy, MD’56
Merrill Ritter, MD’63
Eugene Tardy, MD’60
Robert W. Schrier, MD’62Raymond W. Nicholson, Jr., MD’55
Robert R. Hattery, MD’64Lawrence Rink, MD’66
August M. Watanabe, MD’67
Jane E. Henney, MD’73
David A. Wolf, MD’82
David A. Hamburg, MD’47
William H. Beeson, MD’76William K. Nasser, MD’61
Virgil T. DeVault, MD’29
Paul Siebenmorgen, MD’44ADeborah I. Allen, MD’76
A. Janelle Goetcheus, MD’65Joseph E. Walther, MD’36
Fred W. Dahling, MD’56
Harold M. Manifold, MD’45Malcolm O. Scamahorn, MD’43
Ernest M. Steury, MD’57Robert A. Garrett, MD’43
Suzanne B. Knoebel, MD’60
Roy H. Behnke, MD’46
George T. Lukemeyer, MD’47
J. Stanley Battersby, MD’39
Olga Bonke-Booher, MD’32
Lowell H. Steen, MD’48
Lester D. Bibler, MD’25
V. Kenneth Stoelting, MD’36
Joseph M. Black, MD’44
Harvey Feigenbaum, MD’58
Charles Fisch, MD’44
Frank Ramsey, MD’27
James O. Ritchey, MD’18
Brandt F. Steel, MD’32Edwin Boldrey, MD’32
Clyde Culbertson, MD’31Kenneth G. Kohlstaedt, MD’32
Andrew Offutt, MD’40Glenn W. Irwin Jr., MD’44
Otis R. Bowen, MD’42Lowell T. Coggeshall, MD’28