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Earl G. Young Resident Prize for Clinical Research

Earl G. Young, M.D. (1928-1989)

Dr. Earl G. Young of Minneapolis was a founding member of the Western Trauma Association and its 14th President. He died of a myocardial infarction, Monday, February 27, 1989, while skiing at Snowbird during the 19th Annual Meeting of the Association.

Dr. Young received his medical degree from the University of Rochester, N.Y. and Ph.D. in surgery from the University of Minnesota. He completed advanced training in cancer research at Harvard, a fellowship in cardiovascular surgery at Baylor University in Houston and studied microvascular surgery at the University of California–San Diego.

He was a clinical professor of surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and a practicing general and vascular surgeon at the Park-Nicollet Clinic in Minneapolis from 1960. He was nationally known and was actively involved in research and education throughout his career. In 1988, one year before his untimely death, he received the Owen H. Wangensteen Award for Academic Excellence from the University of Minnesota Health Science Center. It was awarded by an unprecedented unanimous vote of all 72 surgical residents.

- Dr. John Najarian characterizing Earl at a memorial service in his honor at the University of Minnesota.

Earl Young Resident Prize for Clinical Research

The Earl Young Resident Prize for Clinical Research was established after the death of one of the Founding members of the Western Trauma Association. This prize is a continuation of Dr. Young’s profound interest in the training of residents and his commitment to ongoing research. It is given each year to stimulate resident clinical research. Abstracts eligible for this award are submitted to the Program Committee for resident prize status and presentation at the annual meeting of the Western Trauma Association. A manuscript must be submitted to the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery in advance of the meeting for consideration of publication. The manuscript and presentation are judged with first and second place cash prizes and recognition given at the annual WTA annual banquet. The first place resident’s name is listed in the annual meeting program book. 

EARL G. YOUNG AWARD
Previous Recipients

Year Place Resident Institution
1991 1st Joseph Schmoker, M.D. University of Vermont
1992 1st Joseph Schmoker, M.D. University of Vermont
1993 1st Charles Mock, M.D. University of Washington
1994 1st Gino Travisani, M.D. University of Vermont
1995 1st Phillip C. Ridings, M.D. Medical College of Virginia
1996 1st David Han, M.D. Emory University
1997 1st Preston R. Miller, M.D. Wake Forest University
1998 1st Geoffrey Manley, M.D., PhD. UC – San Francisco
1999 1st James M. Doty, M.D. Medical College of Virginia
2000 1st D.J. Ciesla, M.D. Denver Health Medical Center
2001 1st Ricardo J. Gonzales, M.D. Denver Health Medical Center
2002 1st Scott C. Brakenridge Cook County Hospital
2003 1st Adena Osband, MD. Univeristy of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
2004 1st Cindy Lee, M.D. UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School
2005 1st Ernest A. Gonzalez, M.D. (tie) University of Texas Medical School at Houston
2005 1st Jennifer M. Watters, M.D. (tie) Oregon Health & Science University
2006 1st Jennifer J. Wan, M.D. University of California at San Francisco
2007 1st Jennifer J. Wan, M.D. University of California at San Francisco
2008 1st Keir J. Warner, M.D. University of Washingon
2009 1st T. W. Costantini, M.D. University of California at San Diego
2010 1st C. Anne Morrison, M.D. Baylor College of Medicine
2011 1st Marlin Causey, M.D. Madigan Army Medical Center
2nd Phillip Letourneau, M.D. University of Texas Medical School at Houston
3rd Gerard De Castro, M.D. University of Maryland
2012 1st Matthew E. Kutcher, M.D. University of California, San Francisco
2nd Joshua B. Brown, M.D. University of Pittsburgh
3rd Anahita Dua, M.D. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
2013 1st Kimberly Song, M.D., M.A. UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School
2nd Dafney Lubin, M.D. University of Arizona
3rd Martin Sillesen, M.D. Massachussetts General Hospital
2014 1st Lucy Kornblith, M.D. University of California at San Francisco
2nd  (Tie) Katie Wiggins-Dohlvik, M.D. Scott & White Memorial Hospital
2nd  (Tie) Mark E. Diebel, M.D. Wayne State University
2015 1st Hunter B. Moore, M.D. University of Colorado
2nd Ihab Halaweish, M.D. University of Michigan
3rd   Daniel Nelson, D.O. Madigan Army Medical Center
2016 1st George Black, M.D. Madigan Army Medical Center
2nd S.Ariane Christie , M.D. University of California San Francisco
3rd   Anne Slaughter, M.D. University of Colorado
2017 1st Morgan Barron, M.D. Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
2nd Anders J. Davidson, M.D. UC Davis/David Grant Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
3rd   Nathan W.Kugler, M.D. Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
2018 1st John Kuckelman, M.D. Madigan Army Medical Center
2019 1st Patrick Murphy, M.D. Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN
2019 1st Joshua Sumislawksi, M.D. Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, CO
2020 1st Alexandra Dixon, M.D. Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
2020 2nd Leah Plumbee, M.D. Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina




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