Early Career Achievement Award

For almost a decade, the Alumni Association has awarded the Early Career Achievement Award to a graduate who’s made a quick mark in medicine or in service to the IU School of Medicine. A nominee must have graduated within the past 15 years to be eligible, as are those who did their training at IU School of Medicine. Nominate an IU School of Medicine alumni for the Early Career Achievement Award.

2017 Early Career Achievement Award - Paul Park, MD'09, MSc

While it’s not uncommon for students to take medical service trips, Dr. Paul Park’s early involvement in global health went much deeper. While still a medical student, Dr. Park obtained a grant and traveled to Guatemala, where he set up a partnership between a community-based health delivery non-profit in Xela and Indianapolis-based Timmy Global Health—a clinic that still serves thousands of patients each year.

“Paul is an unstoppable force for providing quality health care to the most isolated, underserved and often forgotten populations around the world,” said Chuck Dietzen, MD, founder and president of Timmy Global Health.

Today, Dr. Park serves as deputy chief medical officer of chronic disease for Partners In Health in Rwanda. He also holds faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Park spends two months per year in the US where he is a medical officer for the Indian Health Service in Shiprock, New Mexico.

Dr. Park earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from IU in 2004, and obtained his medical degree in 2009 – one year behind schedule, but for good reason. Dr. Park used two grants to take a sabbatical and implemented and investigated tuberculosis control in Kenya as part of the IU-led AMPATH program.

And while carrying out his internal medicine residency at Duke University, Dr. Park earned a master’s degree in global health, continuing to pursue tuberculosis control research, but then expanding into non-communicable disease during his final year. As part of Duke’s Global Health Residency Pathway program, Dr. Park returned to western Kenya to implement and evaluate novel control methods for diabetes in rural communities– research made possible by earning fellowships from the Fogarty International Center and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

“In the field of global health, there are few individuals who advance as rapidly and are as productive as Paul Park at such an early age,” said Robert Einterz, MD, who leads the Indiana University Center for Global Health and the AMPATH consortium.

Dr. Park initially joined Partners In Health as a district clinical advisor, then worked on a model of community-based care for chronic and complex diseases that is now a national model in Rwanda.

“Paul is unique in his ability to build long-term relationships with local physicians, nurses and other health care workers to model the true spirit of collaboration that can deliver high-quality care,” said Joia S. Mukherjee, MD, MPH, who is chief medical officer for Partners In Health.

Past Recipients

Jerome M. Adams, MD ’02
Leslie A. Hulvershorn, BA ’99, MD ’05
Daniel E. Rusyniak, MD, Res ’99
Rachel C. Vreemen, MD, Res ’06, MS ’08, Fel ’08
No Award Recipient
Bryan P. Schneider, MD ’99
Carrie E. Anderson, MD ’99
Don J. Selzer, M.D. Res ’02
David R. Reuter, MD, PhD ’94
Jyoti D. Patel, MD ’96
R. Christopher Miyamoto, MD ’96
R. Michael Meneghini, MD ’99