Distinguished Alumni Awards

Boston University School of Public Health recognizes alumni achievement by annually presenting the Distinguished Alumni Award. The award acknowledges those who have made outstanding contributions and exemplify dedication to the field of public health on a local, national, or global level.

The 2014 Alumni Awards Recipients

Distinguished Alumni

For details of each of the recipients, view the awards announcement.

Ikushi Onozaki, MPH’97

Medical Officer,Global TB Programme
World Health Organization

Rodney Vanderwarker, MPH’08

Vice President, Primary Care, Behavioral Health and Institute Operations
Fenway Health

Amy Zapata, MPH’97

Director. Bureau of Family Health
Department of Health and Hospitals, State of Louisiana.

Past award recipients

Ayorinde Ajayi ’82, Vice President, Field Programs, PATH
Mireille (Mickey) Aramati ’86, Assistant Professor, Tufts University
Alan Balsam ’82, Public Health Director, Town of Brookline
Anita Barry ’88, Director, Infectious Disease Bureau, Boston Public Health Commission
Mohammed Ali Bhuiyan ’00, Advocacy and Leadership Coordinator, South Asia, UNAIDS
Tristram Blake ’79, Executive Director, South End Community Health Center (retired)
Sera Bonds ’04, Founder and Executive Director, Circle of Health International
Suzanne Bouveron ’91, Health Education Consultant, California Department of Public Health
August Burns ‘90, Executive Director, Grounds for Health
Jennifer Cochran ’87, Director, Refugee and Immigrant Health Program, MA Dept. of Public Health
Elizabeth Cohen ’92, Senior Medical Correspondent, CNN
Linda Cottler ’80, Associate Dean for Research and Planning, University of Florida
Larry Culpepper ’89, Chair and Professor of Family Medicine, Boston University
Karen Daley ’88, President, American Nurses Association
Iris Davis ’84, Section Chief, MA Dept. of Environmental Protection
Gail Douglas ’88, Dean of Students and Acting Dean of Public Health Practice, Boston University (retired)
David Felson ’84, Professor, Clinical Epidemiology Research and Training, Boston University
Barbara Ferrer ’88, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission
Susan Fish ’92, Professor of Biostatics and Epidemiology, Boston University
Susan Frayne ’92, Associate Professor of Medicine, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Gurrach Galgallo ’96, Assistant Minister of Health, Parliament of Kenya
Kathleen Gallagher ’84, Director, Division of Notifiable Diseases and Healthcare, CDC
Susan Gallagher ’80, Director, MS in Health Communication Program, Tufts University
William Ghali ’95, Professor, Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
Barbara Graves ’84, Director, Nurse-Midwifery Education Program, Bay State Medical Center
Christie Hager ’91, Regional Director, Region I, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Stephen Johnson ’84, Deputy Regional Director, MA Dept. of Environmental Protection
Sarah Degnan Kambou ’84, President, International Center for Research on Women
Carol Karutu ’05, Former Project Director, Southern Sudan, IntraHealth International, Inc.
Mary Ellen Keough ’80, Director, Educational Programs, UMass Medical School
Howard Koh ’95, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Mahesh Maskey ’01, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Nepal, Beijing
Luigi Migliorini ’98, Special Representative, Russian Federation, WHO
Vivien Morris ’98, Director, Community Initiatives, Boston Medical Center
Amanda Navarro ’02, Associate Director, PolicyLink
Ali Noorani ’99, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum
Onyeka Obasi ’05, Founder & President, Friends of Africa International, Inc.
Alexander Ortega ‘94, Director, Institute for Social Science Research, Temple University
Anita Palepu ’96, Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Julie Palmer ‘85, Professor, Slone Epidemiology Center, Boston University
Maureen Paul ’88, Chief Medical Officer, Planned Parenthood of New York City
Munro Proctor ’92, Co-founder, Women’s Initiative for Health Education and Economic Development Cameroon
Praema Raghavan-Gilbert ’85, Director of Medical Services, Pathfinder International (retired)
Jeannine Rivet ’81, Executive Vice President, UnitedHealth Group
Jeffrey Samet ’92, Professor of Medicine, Boston University
George Seage III ’07, Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard University
Christina Severin ’95, President & CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization
Conor Shapiro ’07, President & CEO, St. Boniface Haiti Foundation
Lillian Shirley ’87,
Director, Oregon Department of Public Health
Linda Jo Stern ’84, Former Executive Director, Casa Myrna Vazquez
Pius Muffih Tih ’92, Director, Health Services, Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board
Ralph Timperi ’83, Senior Adviser, Association of Public Health Laboratories
Carmen Urdaneta ’97, Former Senior Communications Associate, Management Sciences for Health
Robert Wald ’84, Operations Manager, Tufts Health Plan, Inc.
Martha Werler ’89, Professor and Chair of Epidemiology, Boston University