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October 2016

NCI-NHLBI Investigator Earns Distinguished Clinical Teaching Award

Dr. Frederick P. Ognibene (left), Dr. Sawa Ito and Dr. Alexis Simpkins (right)
Dr. Frederick P. Ognibene (left), director of the NIH Clinical Center Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, and Dr. Alexis Simpkins (right), the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke representative of the NIH Clinical Fellows Committee, presented the plaque to Dr. Sawa Ito.

The 2016 NIH Distinguished Clinical Teaching Award was presented to Dr. Sawa Ito Sept. 21.

Ito was recognized for her commitment to training future clinical investigators at the NIH and her contributions to medical education.

She is the associate director of the jointly-sponsored National Cancer Institute and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program.

Ito has authored over 25 peer-reviewed publications and is the principal investigator or co-investigator on six NIH clinical trials.

Each year, the award is decided by a vote of the clinical fellows and presented to an individual who exemplifies the ideals of a mentor, teacher, clinician and researcher.

Following the presentation of the award, a CC Grand Rounds Contemporary Clinical Medicine: Great Teachers Lecture was given by Dr. H. Clifford Lane, clinical director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. His lecture, titled 35 Years of HIV/ AIDS: A View from the Ground Level, can be viewed online.

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