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Roanoke College alumnus receives award from the American College of Physicians

  • Roanoke College alumnus receives award from the American College of Physicians

  • 06/14/10
  • SALEM, Va. - Munsey S. Wheby, MD, MACP, of Charlottesville, has been awarded the Alfred Stengel Memorial Award for Out­standing Service to the American College of Physi­cians. The ACP is a national organization of internists and is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Its membership of 129,000 includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical students, residents and fellows.

    Wheby, a Roanoke native and 1951 graduate of Roanoke College, received the award at the ACP's annual meeting in Toronto. The service award recognizes his unusual loyalty and exceptional contributions to the aims and purposes of the ACP, as well as his outstanding influence in maintaining and advancing the best standards of medical education, medical practice and clinical research. Wheby's service to the ACP includes terms as president of the ACP; member of the board of regents; chair of the board of governors; chair of the board of trustees of the ACP Foundation; and governor of the Virginia chapter of the ACP.

    "This award means quite a lot to me since it is based on the judgment of colleagues whom I respect," Wheby says. "Each year there are many potential candidates for this award and I feel very honored that the award committee selected me to receive it this year. It means that the time and effort I put into the ACP was recognized as being valuable, even exceptional."

    Wheby received his doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1955 and sub­sequently certified in internal medicine, nutrition and hematology. He is a professor emeritus of medicine at UVA and also has served as chair of medicine and senior associate dean there. He has been a visiting professor in China; in Beirut, Lebanon; and at the University of California.

    Wheby's clinical focus was general hematology with emphasis on anemias, and he has published papers on mechanisms and regulation of iron absorption, on the pathogenesis of hemochromatosis, and on folic acid and vitamin B12 metabolism in tropical sprue.

    Roanoke College honored Wheby as the Distinguished Alumnus in 1992 and as the Roanoke College Medalist in 2000. In 1999, the UVA Medical School Alumni Association gave Wheby its highest award, the Walter Reed Distinguished Achievement Award.

    Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

    For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

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