May L. Wykle, dean of Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and Sanford Markowitz, professor and researcher of cancer genetics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, were winners in the Crain's Cleveland Business Health Care Heroes 2009 contest.
Nominated by their peers and selected by an independent panel of judges, the program recognizes health care leaders "for the resounding difference they make in our region and impact they have on the quality of our everyday lives."
Wykle was the winner in the Health Care Advocate category. "For more than five decades, Dr. Wykle has consistently demonstrated her commitment to nursing research, and its importance to the profession of nursing," according to her nomination letter. Wykle has developed a research infrastructure support system, and under her leadership, a pilot grant program specific to minority research was established. The May L. Wykle Endowed Professorship was established in 2007 at Case Western Reserve University to recognize her career and contributions to knowledge development, leadership and mentorship.
Markowitz earned top honors in the Advancements in Health Care category. He used the discovery of a DNA change to develop a less-intrusive screening test for colon cancer. The American Cancer Society approved the DNA screening test as an option for colon cancer screening in 2008. "He encourages and inspires colleagues through his research, he constantly makes time for others, and he continues to serve at a national level, all in an effort to save lives," read his nomination letter.
In addition to Wykle and Markowitz, other School of Medicine physicians were finalists, including Professor and Director of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension Jeffrey Schelling (MED '85) ; Professor and Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Center Michael Konstan; and Professors Michael R. Anderson, James M. Goldfarb, Lee Ponsky (MED '97), and Carl Orringer.
The winners and finalists were recognized during a luncheon held last week. Read more about their accomplishments.
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