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Scott L. Rauch, MD, president and psychiatrist in chief for McLean Hospital, was recently awarded the Daniel Drake Medal by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine—the college’s highest honor.
According to William S. Ball, MD, dean of the College of Medicine and senior vice president for Health Affairs, Rauch was selected for the award for his outstanding and unique contributions to medical education, scholarship, and research. “Those chosen to receive the medal have achieved the standard of excellence all of us strive to attain in our lives,” said Ball.
The Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo chair of psychiatry for McLean Hospital, and professor of psychiatry and chair of the Psychiatry Executive Committee at Harvard Medical School, Rauch is a leader in developing and applying new technologies in the fields of psychiatry and neuroscience. His research has contributed to modern neurocircuitry models of obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. He has played a leading role in advancing neurostimulation and surgical therapies for psychiatric disorders, as well as the use of technology to disseminate psychiatric care to improve access and cost-efficiency.
“I feel exceptionally fortunate to have received my medical training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and I have been blessed throughout my career to work and grow with compelling, courageous people as my patients, as well as inspiring colleagues, teachers, and students,” said Rauch, a 1987 graduate of the college. “I was a student when the Drake Medal was established and recall the sense of awe and admiration that I had for the recipients. I am humbled and moved to be able to join this group.”
Awarded annually to leading alumni and faculty members of the College of Medicine, the Drake Medal was established in 1985 to honor the 200th birthday of Daniel Drake, MD, the founder of the Medical College of Ohio, the forerunner of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Drake was one of the most influential physicians, educators, and scientists of 19th century America. He also founded Cincinnati College, the Cincinnati Lancaster Seminary, Cincinnati Public Library, and the Western Museum, and established the Cincinnati Eye Infirmary and the Kentucky School for the Blind in Louisville.
Rauch is the 75th recipient of the Drake Medal since its inception; past awardees have included iconic figures in medicine such as Albert Sabin, the inventor of the polio vaccine, Josef Warkany, the father of the field of teratology, and John Tew, neurosurgical pioneer of the YAG laser.