Dr. Rudick Receives Inaugural Case Western Reserve Medal

News Release: Thursday, September 22, 2011

CLEVELAND - Richard A. Rudick, MD, is the first recipient of the Case Western Reserve Medal, honoring excellence in health science innovation. This newly initiated award is the highest honor bestowed by the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The award was presented during the School of Medicine’s inaugural Dialogue on Discovery summit, held September 22-23 to celebrate the research successes of academic and clinical partnerships.

Dr. Rudick, Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and a School of Medicine alumnus, holds the Hazel Prior Hostetler Endowed Chair at the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute, and serves as Director of the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research, and Vice Chairman of Research and Development in the Neurological Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Rudick has achieved national prominence as a clinician and research investigator in multiple sclerosis. As Co-Principal Investigator on the CTSC, he champions inter-institutional collaboration and cooperation to advance patient-based research.

The Case Western Reserve Medal will be issued annually to acknowledge distinguished medical leaders whose contributions are truly moving the needle in research, cures and care. Recipients may be local or global, and are selected by the Dean of the School of Medicine and her Advisory Council. Case Western Reserve Medalalists have a passion for people and inspire others to "go to the moon" as truly forward-thinking and collaborative visionaries in medicine.

About Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Founded in 1843, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is the largest medical research institution in Ohio and is among the nation's top medical schools for research funding from the National Institutes of Health. The School of Medicine is recognized throughout the international medical community for outstanding achievements in teaching. The School's innovative and pioneering Western Reserve2 curriculum interweaves four themes--research and scholarship, clinical mastery, leadership, and civic professionalism--to prepare students for the practice of evidence-based medicine in the rapidly changing health care environment of the 21st century. Eleven Nobel Laureates have been affiliated with the school.

Annually, the School of Medicine trains more than 800 M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students and ranks in the top 25 among U.S. research-oriented medical schools as designated by U.S. News & World Report "Guide to Graduate Education."

The School of Medicine's primary affiliate is University Hospitals Case Medical Center and is additionally affiliated with MetroHealth Medical Center, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Cleveland Clinic, with which it established the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in 2002.