Gainesville Physician Receives AMA’s Young Physician Award

CHICAGO - Nov. 12, 2012 - The American Medical Association (AMA) presented Latha G. Stead, M.D. with the Dr. William Beaumont Award in Medicine today at its semi-annual policy-making meeting. This honor is awarded to a distinguished young physician for his or her work in the medical sciences. Dr. Stead, an emergency medicine physician from Gainesville, Fla., is professor and chief of the division of clinical research at the University of Florida and the Toral Family Foundation Endowed Professor of Traumatic Brain Injury.

“It is an honor to present Dr. Stead with this award recognizing her outstanding contributions to emergency medicine,” said AMA Board Chair Steven J. Stack, M.D. “Dr. Stead’s dedication to medicine is reflected by the volume of research she’s published, her commitment to patients and time spent mentoring other physicians.”

Still early in her career, Dr. Stead has already achieved many milestones. At the age of 38, she became the first and youngest full Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. She has authored 22 books, including the best selling First Aid for the Clinical Clerkship series. Several of the books are in their third edition and have been translated into multiple languages.

Dr. Stead has received awards from the Mayo Medical School for excellence in teaching. The American College of Emergency Physicians awarded her with the National Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in 2005, and she also received the first ever Mentorship Award from the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association in 2008. Dr. Stead has been named a 2012-13 Fulbright Scholar for her project entitled “Strategy & Innovation in Clinical Research for the Global Health Era.”

Dr. Stead received her medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. She then completed her residency in emergency medicine at the Jacobi-Montefiore Program, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y. Dr. Stead also holds a Masters in Clinical and Translational Science from the Mayo Graduate School and a Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management.

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