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Melmed Honored with Pioneer in Medicine Award


Shlomo Melmed, MD, who is internationally known for his research in pituitary diseases and led Cedars-Sinai's transformation into the academic medical center it is today, received the 2011 Pioneer in Medicine award.

The honor was announced at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Staff on Monday, Oct. 24.

Melmed joined Cedars-Sinai in 1980 and rose through the ranks to his current role as senior vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of the Medical Faculty. He is also the Helene A. and Philip E. Hixon Chair in Investigative Medicine.

"In addition to his research, he is single-handedly responsible for transforming Cedars-Sinai into an academic powerhouse," said Chief of Staff Scott Karlan, MD.

Glenn Braunstein, MD, vice president for Clinical Innovation and chair of the Department of Medicine, nominated him for the award this year. Leon Fine, MD, vice dean for Research and Graduate Research Education, previously nominated Melmed for the honor.

"He is a giant in our field with world-class stature as an expert in the pituitary and its diseases," said Braunstein, who first recruited Melmed to Cedars-Sinai. "Dr. Melmed and his laboratory colleagues have made pivotal discoveries about pituitary diseases."

Vice Chief of Staff Steven S. Galen, MD, chaired the selection committee. "His dedication to medical research and education proved that he stood out as the most deserving candidate for this award," he said.

Fellow physicians, co-workers, Cedars-Sinai leadership, community members and former patients were among those who expressed their admiration for Melmed in a special video presentation.


Melmed accepted the award in an overflowing Harvey Morse Auditorium on Monday.