Julia Johnson, MD
Giles Whalen, MD
The Worcester District Medical Society has honored two UMass Medical School faculty members: Julia Johnson, MD, received the President’s Award and Giles Whalen, MD, accepted the Career Achievement Award.
The President’s Award recognizes an individual for their extraordinary contributions to the health and wellbeing of the community. Dr. Johnson, chair and professor of obstetrics & gynecology, was cited for her nationally recognized research in menopause, hormone therapy and contraceptives, and her work to educate the community about women’s health.She serves the local community with frequent outreach on women’s health care issues.
Johnson is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, where she also completed her residency. She was a fellow in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She served as vice chair of gynecology and professor of obstetrics & gynecology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine before joining UMMS in 2008.
The Career Achievement Award honors a physician who has demonstrated compassion and dedication to the medical needs of patients and/or the public and has made significant contributions to the practice of medicine. Lauded as a dedicated clinician, leader, mentor and research collaborator, Dr. Whalen, professor of surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology, was recognized for his compassion and dedication to the medical needs of patients and his contributions to cancer treatment research.
Named chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at UMMS in 2002, Whalen was previously at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He received his medical degree from Duke University Medical School followed by general surgery internship and residency at the New York Hospital—Cornell Medical Center, and served as the Cushing Fellow of Surgery at Cornell University Medical College.
The Worcester District Medical Society is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 2,100 physician members and medical students in Central Massachusetts. Johnson and Whalen accepted their awards alongside their nominators at the Society’s Fall District Meeting on Nov. 1.
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