edical School dean honored with physicians award

[bold on]Erin Ghere[bold off][fm][bold on][bold off][bold on][bold off]Staff Reporter[fm]
Medical School Dean Al Michael has several roles at the University – leader, doctor, teacher and researcher.
On Wednesday night, he was rewarded for all of them with the Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award.
The award is given annually to a physician for outstanding research, achievement or leadership by the Hennepin Medical Society.
Im honored to accept this award and happy that it reflects well on the Medical School and its contributions to the community, Michael said.
Michaels lifelong achievements led to him becoming the first Medical School dean to receive the award, said Cyndy Hanson, the schools community relations director.
Hes a world-class kidney disease researcher, a wonderful teacher and an incredible leader, Hanson said.
I believe that Al is extremely qualified and has really provided a tremendous service to health care – not only in medical education, but in research and patient care, said William Jacott, head of the department of family practice and community health.
In the committees nomination points, they highlighted Michaels development of a kidney program for children that led to effective dialysis and transplant program and other major research accomplishments.
He has also written more than 350 publications on kidney disease in children and adults.
He is a Regents professor of pediatrics, one of only 20 Regents professors at the University, and has been dean of the Medical School since 1997.
As dean, Michael is responsible for building relationships between the Medical School and the surrounding community, Hanson said.
He was head of the Universitys department of pediatrics for 10 years before becoming dean, and established the University Childrens Foundation for research of childhood diseases.
Among colleagues, he is recognized as a master pediatrician and an outstanding scholar and teacher, according to the nomination form.
The Bolles-Rogers Award is given each year by the chiefs of staff of hospitals in Hennepin, Anoka, Scott, Carver and western Dakota counties.
Bolles was a Minneapolis business executive and art collector who served as president of the St. Barnabas Hospital board of trustees.