|Physicians selected to receive Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Award|
Two physicians have been selected to receive the Charles E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Award which will be presented by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences during commencement activities in May for the Doctor of Medicine Class of 2007.
James Mitchell, chair and Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the medical school and president of the Neuroscience Research Institute, Fargo, and Donald Hensrud, a 1982 graduate of the UND medical school and chair of the division of preventive and occupational medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., will receive the award, given this year for the second time.
Named for the current president of UND, the Kupchella Award recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations who have worked to improve health and wellness through lowered rates of disease and disability by developing and delivering effective health promotion and prevention initiatives.
Mitchell, who holds the NRI/Lee Christoferson, M.D., Chair in Neuroscience, is an internationally recognized authority in eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa and obesity. He is the author of numerous books in his field of study and has written extensively for publication in scientific journals.
The recipient of many awards and honors, he was named in 2003 as a McCann Scholar, a prestigious honor given to a select few outstanding mentors in medicine in the United States.
Hensud, associate professor of preventive medicine and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, serves as chair of the health promotion committee and medical director of the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center at Mayo Clinic.
Originally from Grand Forks, he is the author of numerous articles, papers and book chapters on topics related to nutrition and obesity for publication in scientific journals and served as assistant editor of the second edition of the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book.
The award has been made possible by a gift to the UND Foundation from Manuchair Ebadi, senior advisor to the president and associate vice president for health affairs and medical research at UND and associate dean for research and program development at the UND medical school.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Asst. to the Director, Public Affairs, email@example.com, 701-777-4305