Three members of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School faculty have been named 2013 recipients of the prestigious Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Awards®, highlighting their expertise as exceptional educators or researchers.
These honorees are:
•Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut, MD, professor and chair, Department of Neurology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and chief, Neurology Service, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, who will receive the Outstanding Medical Research Scientist Award for Clinical Research. Dr. Dhib-Jalbut, a resident of Princeton, conducts research in the area of multiple sclerosis, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National MS Society. He is currently president-elect of ACTRIMS, the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, a prestigious international organization.
•Smita S. Patel, PhD, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, who will receive the Outstanding Medical Research Scientist Award for Basic Biomedical Research. Dr. Patel's recent research includes studies of helicase and polymerase enzymes in mitochondrial DNA replication and transcription, and in recognition of viruses for antiviral immune response. Dr. Patel lives in Whitehouse Station.
•Carol A. Terregino, MD, senior associate dean for education (interim) and associate dean for admissions and student affairs at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, who will receive the Outstanding Medical Educator Award. A Cranford native who currently lives in Mt. Laurel, Dr. Terregino also serves as the senior associate dean for admissions (interim) for the Camden regional campus.