The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals, both alumni and non-alumni, who have made outstanding contributions to the school, the community, and the practice of medicine.

Recognized Achievements 

  • Service & contribution to the school of medicine and to the community
  • Demonstrated commitment to enhancing medical education

Learn more about our distinguished service award winners.

Most Recent Awards

Val G. Hemming, MD, ’66, Recipient of 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award
Oct 09, 2015

Val G. Hemming, MD, ’66, Recipient of 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award

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Dr. Val Hemming earned his BA from the University of Utah in 1962 and matriculated with the medical school Class of 1966. As a senior, he joined the US Air Force (AF) and served for 30 years. Following a 1966-1967 internship at the U of U, he spent a year as a flight surgeon. He then completed pediatric training at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and served four years at the AF hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany. ... Read More

Catherine deVries, MD, Recipient of 2015 Distinguished Humanitarian Award
Oct 09, 2015

Catherine deVries, MD, Recipient of 2015 Distinguished Humanitarian Award

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Dr. Catherine deVries is professor of surgery (urology) and associate professor of family medicine (public health) at the University of Utah School of Medicine. A graduate of Harvard University, she holds a master’s in pathology from Duke University and an MD from Stanford University. She trained in urology at Stanford and pediatric urology at UC San Diego. She has been very active in the development of sustainable global surgery since 1992. ... Read More

James Scott, MD, Recipient of 2015 Distinguished Service Award
Oct 09, 2015

James Scott, MD, Recipient of 2015 Distinguished Service Award

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Dr. James R. Scott completed his medical degree and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa. Following a fellowship in reproductive immunology at the University of Texas/Dallas, he returned to the University of Iowa as a Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty member. At age 39, he became professor and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. ... Read More

Anthony R. Temple, MD, Recipient of 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award
Apr 06, 2014

Anthony R. Temple, MD, Recipient of 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award

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Anthony R. Temple, MD, was educated in medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine (’68). He trained in pediatrics at the children’s service of the Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Utah Medical Center and Affiliated Hospitals. In 1971, he joined the faculty of the School of Medicine, combining his interests and skills in general pediatrics with his specialty training in medical toxicology. There he taught general pediatrics and became the director of the Intermountain Regional Poison Control Center (now the Utah PCC).... Read More

Alan Crandall, MD, Recipient of 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award
Apr 06, 2013

Alan Crandall, MD, Recipient of 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award

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Dr. Alan Crandall received his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1973. He completed his internship in surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and his residency and fellowship in ophthalmology at the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania. He joined the University of Utah Ophthalmology Department in 1981. Dr. Crandall is the John A. Moran Presidential Professor and Senior Vice-Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Director of Glaucoma and Cataract at the Moran Eye Center, University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition he is co-director of the Moran Eye Center International Division.... Read More

Randall W. Burt, MD, ‘74, Recipient of 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award
Apr 06, 2013

Randall W. Burt, MD, ‘74, Recipient of 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award

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After attending the University of Utah Medical School Dr. Burt completed three years of residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and a two-year fellowship in gastroenterology at the U of U under Dr. James Freston. His work with Eldon Gardner, PhD, who described “Gardner syndrome” and with Mark Skolnick, PhD, who assembled the Utah Population Data Base, enabled him to make original observations concerning the upper gastrointestinal track of Gardner syndrome and to determine that colonic adenomatous polyps segregated with colon cancer in families with an inherited predisposition to colon cancer. ... Read More

Ezekial R. Dumke Jr. & Katherine W. Dumke, Recipient of 2013 Distinguished Service Award
Apr 06, 2013

Ezekial R. Dumke Jr. & Katherine W. Dumke, Recipient of 2013 Distinguished Service Award

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Ezekiel R. (Zeke) Dumke Jr. and Katherine White Dumke were born in Ogden, Utah, and both came from families with interest in community service and philanthropy. Zeke’s father, Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke, was a noted Ogden surgeon and one of the founders of the Ogden Surgical Society. His mother, Edna Wattis Dumke, was very involved with many music, theater, and dance programs in Ogden. Kay’s father Rulon White, was a successful business owner, commercial fruit producer, and a former mayor of Ogden, so the idea of “Service above Self” came naturally to both of them. Both parents were involved with community and public service.... Read More

Elizabeth Hammond, M.D. Distinguished Alumni - U of U School of Medicine
Mar 17, 2013

Elizabeth Hammond, M.D. Distinguished Alumni - U of U School of Medicine

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Dr. Elizabeth Hammond received her MD from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1967 and went on to complete an internship with the University of Utah Health Science Center also in Salt Lake City. She completed her residency with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and received fellowships from both the National Institutes of Health at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and from the Massachusetts General Hospital in immunopathology research. ... Read More

Greg Critchfield, M.D. ' 80 Distinguished Alumni - U of U School of Medicine
Jan 17, 2013

Greg Critchfield, M.D. ' 80 Distinguished Alumni - U of U School of Medicine

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Dr. Gregory Critchfield is the past President of Myriad Genetic Laboratories, Inc., where he successfully established the company’s medical, scientific, and commercial capabilities beginning in 1998 until he retired in March 2010. During his tenure Dr. Critchfield built Myriad Genetic Laboratories into one of the world’s leading molecular diagnostics companies, launching seven novel diagnostics products across multiple technology platforms and growing annual revenues from $2.2M to $326.5M. Under his leadership Myriad established the world’s highest quality, highest throughput clinical sequencing facility.... Read More