Dr. Daniel W. Foster Named 2011 TIAA-CREF Distinguished Medical Educator

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center educator wins Texas statewide award

Dallas, Dec. 13 – TIAA-CREF, the leading financial services provider to the academic, research, medical and nonprofit fields, announced today that Dr. Daniel W. Foster will receive the 2011 TIAA-CREF Distinguished Medical Educator Award for his teaching and research work at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Foster holds the John Denis McGarry, Ph.D., Distinguished Chair in Diabetes and Metabolic Research and is Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he received his medical degree in 1955.

The TIAA-CREF Distinguished Medical Educator Award was established in 2003 to honor Texas’ outstanding medical education professionals. The award is given annually to a medical educator whose legacy of work and educational contributions have had national and international influence and set a standard of excellence in the medical community. Dr. Foster will be honored at a dinner Dec. 13th at the Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas.

In an extraordinarily distinguished career spanning half a century at the University of Texas, which includes serving for 16 years as Chairman of Internal Medicine, Dr. Foster has profoundly contributed to the excellent reputation of its medical school, which consistently ranks among the best programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings.

“I congratulate Daniel Foster on behalf of everyone at TIAA-CREF for his contributions to teaching and shaping the medical professionals of the future, adding to the already stellar reputation of the University of Texas Medical School,” said Mario Ramirez, National Director, Wealth Management Executive Planning for TIAA-CREF. Ramirez is based in TIAA-CREF’s Lewisville, Texas, office.

The award carries a $10,000 honorarium for the recipient and a $5,000 donation to the John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, also known as The Health Museum, in Houston for student summer camp scholarships.

“Thank you to TIAA-CREF and my peers in the Texas medical community for this award,” said Dr. Foster. “I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach extraordinary students for nearly 50 years at the University of Texas while also pursuing my research.”

A steering committee comprised of leading medical education professionals from Texas institutions governs the award and evaluates entries. For more information about the TIAA-CREF Distinguished Medical Educator Award, visit www.tiaa-crefaward.org.

Biography of Dr. Daniel W. Foster
Dr. Foster received a B.A. from Texas Western College of the University of Texas in 1951, and his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1955.

In a career spanning half a century at the University of Texas, which includes serving for 16 years as Chairman of Internal Medicine, Dr. Foster has profoundly contributed to the excellent reputation of its medical school, which consistently ranks among the best programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Dr. Foster’s deep commitment to shaping the medical professionals of the future is reflected in his many teaching awards, which include, among others, the Eric G. Neilson Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Specialty Professors, the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Great Teacher Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Foster’s truly remarkable record of professional achievement is reflected in his membership and leadership roles in numerous organizations: He is a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was President of the Association of Professors of Medicine, the organization of the Chairs of Medicine in the American medical schools. He also was President of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, the organization of members of The National Academy living in Texas.

He served the National Institutes of Health for many years where he was Chair of the Metabolism Study Section and a member of the NIDDK Advisory Council and the National Diabetes Advisory Council. He also served two five-year terms on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Clinical Center, as well as serving on several NIH search committees.

Dr. Foster’s research focused for many years on the intermediary metabolism of glucose and lipids. With his colleague, Dr. J. Denis McGarry, he discovered the malonyl CoA regulatory system for fatty acid oxidation, for which he received the Banting Medal for
outstanding research from the American Diabetes Association. Dr. McGarry received the Banting Medal subsequently. He received the Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award from the Association of Professors of Medicine, the J. Denis McGarry Award for
Scientific Community Excellence, and the Daniel W. Martin Sciences Award.

Dr. Foster was Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation from 1972-1977 and was Editor of Diabetes from 1978-1983. He was Co-Editor with Dr. Jean D. Wilson of three volumes of the Williams Textbook of Endocrinology, and he has written multiple chapters in other textbooks. He currently is on the Editorial Board of the Pharos of Alpha Omega Alpha and a Consulting Editor of Medicine.

Dr. Foster’s extra-curricular interests include hosting the nationally televised weekly program, “Daniel Foster, M.D.” for four thirteen-week seasons on the Public Broadcasting System. It was also shown on the British Broadcasting System. He is the Headmaster of the Colleges at Southwestern. He was also a Trustee of the Dallas Independent School District during the desegregation case. He was appointed to the President’s Council on Bioethics by President Bush in January 2002 and was reappointed for a third term in 2005. Dr. Foster is an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, and he has long been active in the study of the interaction of science and faith communities.

Media Contact:
Russell Rian
University of Texas Southwestern
214 648-3404
russell.rian@utsouthwestern.edu

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