New Generation of Healthcare Professionals Honored by Elsevier

New York, April 19, 2006 - Elsevier, a leading global healthcare and scientific publisher, has officially announced the winners of two distinctive new US award programs established to foster innovation and acknowledge the vital role of US healthcare professionals. With four grand prize winners and an additional 38 first prize winners across the US, awards include thousands of dollars in cash prizes, a year of free Elsevier textbooks, online subscriptions and charity donations.

The Elsevier “Medical Information Can…” Awards recognize the dedication medical students and residents share in improving global point-of-care medicine. Medical residents and students were asked to submit essays completing the thought “Medical Information Can…,” which were then judged by a panel of distinguished Elsevier authors. National grand prizes were awarded to Jason Ryan, medical resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Nitya Abraham, medical student at New York University School of Medicine. Their essays effectively addressed the critical link between access to medical information and improving quality of life as medical professionals. A total of 18 first prize winners were awarded across the US. A complete list of award winners and essays can be viewed at

Elsevier’s Student & Faculty Awards for Nursing Excellence invited faculty to nominate students for their outstanding commitment to the nursing profession and the potential to make a difference. Nursing students, in turn, nominated teachers who have served as role models, inspiring them to pursue a nursing career. Charles Kemp of Baylor University in Dallas,Texas was selected as the faculty grand prize winner. “His commitment to his profession and his students is humbling,” said Amy Suttle, a nursing student at Baylor University. “Mr. Kemp is a dedicated professional who works to improve the lives of his patients and students.” In addition to the grand prize award, there were 10 first prize faculty winners.

Student grand prize winner, Tara Patton of the University of Texas at Tyler, was chosen for her proven commitment to professional values. Faculty member Debra Stauffer highlighted Ms. Patton’s “passion for the nursing profession as well as her role in promoting the positive image of nursing.” First prize awards were also given to 10 nursing students nationally. A full list of student and faculty winners and nominations are available at

“At Elsevier, we are fully committed to supporting the next generation of healthcare professionals,” said Brian Nairn, CEO, Health Sciences, Elsevier. “While our goal in establishing these awards is to profile and promote the crucial role that nurses and doctors play in our communities across the US, along the way we were truly inspired by the young minds at work, searching for ways to improve medical care every single day.”

Notes to Editors:For more information about the awards and a complete list of first prize winners, please visit

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