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School of Medicine Alumnus, Martin Gordon, M.D., ('46) awarded Peter Parker Medal

October 08, 2004
by Karen Peart

Martin E. Gordon, M.D., a distinguished member of the Yale School of Medicine's class of 1946 and a clinical professor of medicine, has been awarded the Dean's Peter Parker Medal for outstanding contributions to medicine and the well being of the Yale University School of Medicine.

Robert J. Alpern, M.D., dean of Yale School of Medicine and Ensign Professor of Medicine, will present Gordon with the medal on Monday, October 11, at noon in Yale's Medical Historical Library of the Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar St.

A gastroenterologist, Gordon is chairman of the board of trustees for the Associates of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, whose mission is to enhance the information needs of students, faculty and staff. In his role, he has brought many distinguished speakers to the Yale campus. He recently arranged for Peter C. Agre, M.D., Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, to speak at the Library Associate's annual lectureship. He has produced many medical films, exhibits and educational devices that are used internationally.

As a consulting gastroenterologist in private practice, he received the 1991 American College of Physician's Laureate Award for patient care. He created and initiated "The evolution of Gastroscopy-from the Magenkratzer to the Laser." This exhibit opened at Yale and traveled to national medical schools for five years.

Gordon's interactions with students, House Officers and faculty at Yale is ongoing. He coordinates Yale Medical Students as tour guides/mentors with high school honor students and the Connecticut United for Research Excellence (CURE) BIO-BUS to stimulate interest in the biomedical sciences. He has been a long-standing member of the Dean's International Health Committee and the Wilbur Down's International Fellowship Program. He has published in many peer-reviewed journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet and the American Journal of Gastroenterology. The New England Journal of Medicine published his book review on "Travel Medicine" in its April 22, 2004 issue.

As a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he was cited for "contributions to clinical gastroenterology, travel medicine and biomedical film productions." He was also the designated recipient for the Yale School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Service Award in June 2000.

The Peter Parker Medal is named for The Reverend Peter Parker, M.D., who traveled to China in 1834 as a medical missionary after completing his studies at Yale College, Yale School of Medicine and the Yale Divinity School. While in China, he founded the Ophthalmic Hospital at Canton and co-founded the Medical Missionary Society of China. Within six years, his breakthrough achievements in transcultural relations brought about historic changes in the worlds of medicine, religion and international diplomacy. Parker became the leading pioneer in the new profession of medical missionary.


Karen N. Peart

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Submitted by Liz Pantani on September 27, 2012