Alumni Awards

The Tufts University Alumni Association began the Tufts University Alumni Awards Program in 1941 to honor accomplished individuals for their service to their profession, their communities, and to Tufts.

2021 Tufts University School of Medicine Award Recipient

The following is Tufts University School of Medicine award winner:

Distinguish Service Award - Betsy Busch, M75

Betsy Busch

Betsy Busch, M75, is an internationally known Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, and Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). She is a thought leader, clinician, and consultant in ADHD, psychopharmacology, child mental health and prevention of child maltreatment. She has consulted with almost 2 dozen biotech/pharmaceutical companies regarding new therapeutics for ADHD. She is a certified examiner for Major League Baseball and the National Football League; a Gubernatorial appointee to the Board of the Massachusetts Children’s Trust; a mentor to under-represented minority students through the Biomedical Sciences Careers Program; a founding member of the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD); and a Cummings Foundation volunteer. Betsy was awarded the Dr. Ray E. Helfer, M.D. Award for her work in the prevention of child maltreatment.

Having met and married her wonderful husband, Jack Szlyk (M73), at TUSM, Betsy graduated from TUSM in 1975. Following an internship, residency and fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, she joined the Department of Pediatrics at Tufts Medical Center (Tufts MC) and TUSM, where she taught General Pediatrics, Human Development, Interviewing and Problem-Based Learning. She started a program for pediatric ADHD and learning disorders, was attending physician on the Inpatient Pediatrics service, and trained countless Tufts medical students and residents. Betsy then became the founding Clinical-Research Director of the Center for Children with Special Needs at Tufts MC and initiated new fellowship and funded research programs in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. Betsy also served on the Tufts MC Institutional Review Board (IRB) and consults with the Dean of Student Affairs at TUSM regarding student accommodations.

Betsy is active in the Tufts University Alumni Association (TUAA) and the Tufts Medical Alumni Association (TMAA); she was the 2nd female President of TMAA. In 2010, Betsy became a Tufts University Alumni Trustee, and was Chair of its Honorary Degree Committee. She also serves on the Tisch College Board of Advisors.

Distinguish Service Award - Scott K. Epstein, M84

Scott Epstein, M84

Scott K. Epstein, M84, is a Professor of Medicine, and Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). He currently serves as the TUSM Director of Continuous Quality Improvement and Medical Director of the Physician Assistant Program. A 1984 TUSM graduate, he subsequently completed internal medicine residency training and served as chief medical resident at Tufts Medical Center (Tufts MC). With the exception of fellowship training at Boston University (1989-1992), he has spent his entire career at Tufts.

In 1992, he joined the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division at Tufts MC eventually directing the Medical Intensive Care Unit. From 2004-2007, he was Vice Chair for Education, Residency Program Director, and Clerkship Director in the Department of Medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, a Tufts teaching hospital.

Dr. Epstein then spent 15 years as TUSM Dean for Educational Affairs, stepping down on Dec 31, 2021. During that time, he led two major curricular revisions emphasizing the integration of clinical and basic science, population medicine, clinical reasoning, simulation, and clinical skills training. He has been a committed educator in the classroom and at the bedside. He directed the 2nd year TUSM Pulmonary Course for nearly 25 years and now co-directs the Introduction to Clinical Reasoning Course.

Tufts medical students and residents have recognized him for excellence in teaching on thirty separate occasions. Dr. Epstein is also the recipient of the Zucker Prize for Outstanding Innovations in Clinical Teaching, the Dean’s Outstanding Mentor Award, the Outstanding Teacher in the Clinical Sciences Award, the Outstanding Teacher in the Preclerkship Years Award, and the TUSM Distinguished Alumni Award. His research interests have focused principally on mechanical ventilation and critical care. He has published 275 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, commentaries, editorials, and scientific abstracts. His publications have been cited by subsequent authors more than 9000 times.

Young Alumni Achievement Award - Nicholas Gordon, D12, MG14

Nicholas Gordon

Nicholas Gordon is a native of Fort Washington, Maryland and a graduate of Morehouse College. He is the first graduate of Tufts’ DMD/MPH dual degree program, obtaining both his Doctor of Dental Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from Tufts. Gordon went on to complete specialty training in both dental public health and pediatric dentistry at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Gordon is a board-certified pediatric dentist and is the owner of Camp Springs Pediatric Dentistry in Maryland.  

Gordon is a Captain in the United States Air Force and currently serves as a dentist in the District of Columbia Air National Guard. Additionally, he serves as Co-Chair of the National Dental Association Global Oral Health Outreach Committee where he works to increase access to dental care for vulnerable communities domestically and abroad. An area of focus of his has been working with the University of Haiti School of Dentistry to promote oral health and prevention in rural communities in Haiti. Gordon was awarded the Herschel S. Horowitz Scholarship from the American Association of Public Health Dentistry Foundation and his research focuses on access to care for vulnerable populations.

One of Gordon’s greatest joys is speaking to students. As a clinical instructor in the Department of Public Health and Community Service at Tufts School of Dental Medicine he has the opportunity to present to dental students about disparities in oral health and discuss social justice in health care issues.

Gordon enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Shanika and their son, Julian. In his spare time, Gordon advocates to lawmakers for increased access to oral health care for all people. He also enjoys running, kayaking and speaking to youth about the wonderful profession of dentistry.

Tufts University School of Medicine Award Recipients Since 1941

The following are Tufts University School of Medicine alumni who have been recognized for their achievements since the Tufts University Alumni Awards Program began in 1941:

Full Name & Suffix Year Award
Betsy Busch, MD, M75 2021 Distinguished Service Award
Scott K. Epstein, MD, M84 2021 Distinguished Service Award
Nicholas B. Gordon, D12, MG14 2021 Young Alumni Achievement Award
Derrick Young Jr., MG17 2020 Young Alumni Service Award
Emily Frank, MD, M15 2019 Young Alumni Achievement Award
Tom Hedges, MD, M75 2017 Distinguished Service Award
Genevra "Gevvie" Stone, MD, M14 2017 Young Alumni Achievement Award
Nahid Bhadelia, MD, MALD, J99, F04, M05 2016 Active Citizenship & Public Service Award
Mark D. Pearlmutter, MD 2016 Distinguished Service to Tufts
Sean B. Carroll, PhD, GSBS83 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award
Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba, MD, M02 2015 Distinguished Achievement
Randal (Randy) C. Christensen, MD, MPH, M95 2014 Citizenship & Public Service Award
Mary Y. Lee, MD, MA, MS, J75, M83 2014 Distinguished Serve Award
Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, M84 2014 Achievement Award
Steven J. Phillips, MD, M66, A89P 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award
David S. Rosenthal, MD, M63, AG88P 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award
Sherwood L. Gorbach, MD, M62, J84P 2009 Distinguished Service Award
Lawrence K. Altman, MD, M62 2008 Distinguished Service Award
John C. Richmond, MD, M76 2008 Distinguished Service Award
Bernard E. Maney, MD, A49, M53, J81P 2007 Lifetime Service Award
Elena M. Massarotti, MD, J80, M84 2006 Distinguished Service Award
Donald E. Wilson, MD, MACP, M62, H08 2006 Distinguished Service Award
Gloria White-Hammond, MD, M76, H06 2005 Distinguished Service Award
Roseanna H. Means, MD, M81 2004 Distinguished Service Award
Paul A. Brown, M64, M93P 2002  
William M. McDermott, A53, M58, AG54, A84P 1999 Lifetime Service Award
Robert A. Sears, MD, A50, M54, A83P 1997  
Philip E. McCarthy, M59, M97P 1996 Lifetime Service Award
Barbara A. Rockett, MD, M57, M90P, M93P, J96P 1995  
Francis A. D'Ambrosio, MD, M45, J80P, M80P, M88P 1991  
Henry H. Banks, MD, M45, AG74P 1990  
Bernard A. Berman, MD, A45, M48, J83P 1986  
Elias C. Dow, M53, J85P, M85P, M87P 1985  
Francis A. Avola, MD, A41, M44 1981  
Brian M. Golden, MD, A61, M65, A89P 1981  
Fred G. Arrigg, MD, M47, A75P, A77P, M78P, M79P, M82P 1978  
Farahe Maloof, MD, M45 1978  
Jane F. Desforges, MD, M45 1975 Lifetime Service Award
Gerard Desforges, MD, M45 1975 Lifetime Service Award
Thomas A. Martin, MD, M32 1971  
Robert E. McAfee, M60, M87P 1966 Distinguished Achievement Award
Francis P. McCarthy, MD, M05 1966  
H. Spencer Glidden, MD, A27, M31, AG62P 1963  
Helen C. Young, MD, M49 1963  
Lawrence R. Dame, MD, A23, M27 1959  
Philip E. Meltzer, D15, M18 1957  
George W. Papen, MD, A15, M16 1957  
Nathan Brody, MD, A29, M33 1956  
Anna Q. Churchill, MD, M17 1955  
J. Laurence Golden, MD, M28, A55P, J59P, D61P, J61P, A61P, J63 1953  
Frank H. Dunbar, MD, M00 1952  
Stanley H. Osborn, MD, M14, H42 1951  
Edward M. Hodgkins, MD, M15 1950  
Harry Blotner, MD, M24, A60P, M64P 1948  
Alonzo K. Paine, MD, M02, H47 1945  
George G. Averill, MD, M96, H41 1944  
A. Warren Stearns, MD, A09, M10, H43, A39P 1943  
Christopher J. Duncan, MD, M28 1942  
Louis E. Phaneuf, MD, M13 1942