Lifetime Achievement AwardJohn P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine


John P. McGovern

In 2001, UTMB’s Office of the President established the John P. McGovern Lifetime Achievement Award in Oslerian Medicine, an award that recognizes the practice and teaching of humane medicine in the tradition of Sir William Osler and affirms the university’s commitment to Oslerian ideals. Born in 1849 in Canada, Osler served on the medical faculties of McGill, the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins, reaching the peak of his career as Regius professor of medicine at Oxford. Osler pioneered the practice of teaching at the bedside and initiated the modern residency program. His The Principles and Practice of Medicine was the standard text for half a century of medical students. Above all, Osler demonstrated, in both patient care and teaching, deep compassion, understanding and love for his fellow human beings.

Candidates for the award include anyone who is a School of Medicine alumnus or has completed their residency, a fellowship or spent time as a faculty member for greater than or equal to 5 years. The selection will be made by the McGovern Academy's current Osler Scholars who will assess nominees for their longstanding and distinguished careers of service in four categories:

  • Combining scientific principles with humane practice in his/her clinical care and being committed to relief of patients' suffering;
  • Displaying imaginative, innovative and inspirational teaching;
  • Displaying exemplary personal attributes: honesty, modesty, generosity, affection, a respect for the past, spirituality and passion for aesthetic and creative pursuits; and
  • Displaying social consciousness and community involvement.

The 2020 (2021) recipient is:
Dr. Jack Alperin
Jack Alperin

The presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award is delayed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and will be bestowed to Dr. Jack B. Alperin at the Osler Oration in July 2021. Dr. Alperin grew up in Marianna, Arkansas, a Mississippi Delta town of 4,500 residents. Illnesses as a young child led to contacts with physicians that fostered his early aspiration to become a doctor himself. After several undergraduate years at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, he transferred to its College of Medicine in Memphis, receiving his medical degree in 1957. His five-year postgraduate education continued in Chicago’s Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center. During this period, his interests gravitated to his future fascination with blood. As he relates it, “I met a woman.” That young woman was a patient with thrombotic thrombocytic purpura, a rare disease that then carried a poor prognosis. He took over her care, enabled her to live additional decades, and became a hematologist as a result. He met another woman at Michael Reese, a staff member in public relations: Lynn Manaster became his wife 60 years ago. more...


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Lifetime Achievement Award