UT Researcher to Be Presented VA’s Highest Award in Biomed Research

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In celebration of National Healthcare and Hospital Week, May 10-14, the Memphis VA Medical Center has set aside Friday, May 14 as “Dr. Kang Honor Day” to recognize the accomplishments of researcher Andrew H. Kang, MD.

In celebration of National Healthcare and Hospital Week, May 10-14, the Memphis VA Medical Center has set aside Friday, May 14 as “Dr. Kang Honor Day” to recognize the accomplishments of researcher Andrew H. Kang, M.D.

A staff physician and researcher with the Memphis Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and Goodman Professor and Director of the University of Tennessee Center of Excellence for Diseases of Connective Tissue, Dr. Kang will be presented with the William S. Middleton Award, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ most prestigious award for scientific achievement in biomedical research. Traveling from Washington, D.C. to present the award is Mindy Aisen, M.D., VA’s Deputy Chief Research and Development Officer. John Dandridge, Jr., Network Director, Mid-South Healthcare Network, VISN 9, and Michael Dockter, Ph.D, University of Tennessee Vice-Chancellor for Research, will be among the VA and UT officials taking part in the occasion. The honors ceremony will be held on the campus of the VA Medical Center located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, in Room BW218 at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 14.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Kang has held the titles of Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the Memphis VA Medical Center and Chairman of the UT Department of Medicine. Dr. Kang has become world-renowned for directing a multidisciplinary group of investigators who have made several original contributions to the biology of connective tissue. A native of Seoul, Korea, Dr. Kang became a naturalized citizen of the United States in the early 1960s. In 2001, he received the Ho-Am Prize of Korea, the equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

In addition to having special presentations honoring Dr. Kang, the Memphis VA Medical Center will celebrate the achievements of researchers and clinicians at the VA and the UT Health Science Center during the week by having research presentations available for public viewing on Wednesday, May 12 at the VA Medical Center in Room BW218.