Awards

  • BA, Biology, Illinois Wesleyan University, magna cum laude
  • Phi Kappa Phi, University of Minnesota, 1981
  • Rappaport Research Scholar Award, Mayo Clinic and Foundation, 1993-1996
  • Administrator’s Citation for Excellence-Health Care Financing Administration, awarded for Increasing Adult Immunization Rates, 2nd Annual Flu and Pneumonia Conference, Chicago, IL, March 4, 1997, presented by Dr. Audrey Manly, Surgeon General of the United States
  • Outstanding Investigator of the Year, Mayo Clinic and Foundation, 1997
  • Outstanding Investigator, State of the Art Lecture, Central Society for Clinical Research, Chicago, IL, September, 1997
  • Joint Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Care Financing Administration for Increasing Adult Immunization Rates in the US  Awarded by Dr. David Satcher, Surgeon General of the United States, March 4, 1998, at the 3rd National Immunization Conference, Atlanta, GA
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Department of Defense, (for exceptionally meritorious service in devising and implementing immunization programs for the Department of Defense), September 9, 1999.
  • Excellence in Teaching Recognition Award, Mayo Medical School, 1999-2000
  • Inaugural First Gold Medal Recipient, Spanish Association for Vaccinology, First Congress on Vaccines, Cadiz, Spain, November 17, 2001
  • Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, March 2003
  • Mary Lowell Leary Endowed Professor in Medicine Award, Mayo Cinic and Foundation, Rochester, MN, February 2004
  • Excellence in Teaching Recognition Award, Mayo Medical School, 2004-2005
  • Distinguished Honor Award, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Public Health Epidemiology and Laboratory Research, “for adding substantially to the body of scientific and public health knowledge regarding avian influenza,” August 2005
  • Distinguished Honor Award, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Avian Influenza, August 2005
  • Doctorate of Humane Letters, Illinois Wesleyan University, 2005
  • Excellence in Teaching Recognition Award, Mayo Medical School, 2005-2006
  • Joseph A. Gibilisco Honorary Lecturer. Mayo Clinic Dental Reviews, Rochester, MN, May 12, 2006.
  • Charles Merieux Lifetime Achievement Award in Vaccinology and Immunology from the Merieux Foundation and National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, May 2006
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, May 19, 2007
  • First recipient of Hsu-Li Distinguished Lectureship in International Epidemiology, University of Iowa Department of Epidemiology, August 2007
  • Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence, Member of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board, Office of the Secretary of Defense, 2002-2006
  • Distinguished Service Award, Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, November 2007
  • Mastership Award, American College of Physicians, June 11, 2008
  • Secretary of Defense Exceptional Service Award, Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, September 5, 2008
  • Outstanding Contribution Award as President of the Defense Health Board, Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, December 2008
  • 2009 Outstanding Faculty Member, Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, May 2010
  • Featured Scientist, Minnesota Science Museum, winter-spring 2010