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UW School of Medicine and Public Health student honored with Houghton Award

Release Date: April 24, 2012
Contact: Lisa Hildebrand - 608.442.3765 lisa.hildebrand@wismed.org

Madison, Wis. (April 24, 2012) — Joseph Hippensteel, a student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, was named as a recipient of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious 2012 Houghton Award on April 20 during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting.

A fourth-year medical student, Hippensteel was nominated by Patricia DeMarse, assistant dean at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. “In recognition of his academic excellence, leadership and commitment to service, Joseph received multiple honors during medical school (including) his induction by nomination of his classmates in the Gold Humanism Honor Society for his exemplary attitudes and behaviors that are characteristic of the most humanistic physicians,” DeMarse said in her nomination.

In addition to his academic excellence, Hippensteel has been an active member of the Wisconsin Medical Society, the American Medical Association and the Ethics Committee at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. He also served as coordinator of the student-run South Madison MEDiC free clinic, supervising volunteer medical, nursing, physical therapy and pharmacy students and working with attending physicians to care for underserved patients.

Hippensteel, who received the Foundation’s Presidential Scholar Award in 2011, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He is relocating to San Francisco to serve his internal medicine residency.

The Houghton Award was established by Doctors John H. and William J. Houghton in the 1960s to honor medical students who show promise for becoming what the brothers referred to as “complete physicians” – those who excel in their knowledge of both the scientific and socioeconomic issues related to medicine. Recipients receive a check for $1,000.

John H. Houghton, MD, who was a general practitioner in Wisconsin Dells, was president of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin (now called the Wisconsin Medical Society) from 1965 to 1966. William J. Houghton, MD, who was also active in the Society, was a general surgeon in Milwaukee.

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation, chartered in 1955 as a charitable organization, works to advance the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting medical and health education and statewide public health initiatives.

With nearly 12,500 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.