Dr. Grace Wilkowski: Rolland C. Reynolds Pathology Award

During her third and fourth years at UT Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Grace Wilkowski served as co-chair of Project REMEDY, the student organization that connects surplus medical supplies to university-affiliated organizations that use them on international medical mission trips.

Dr. Grace Wilkowski
Dr. Grace Wilkowski

For that and several other projects, the Department of Pathology chose her to receive the 2014 Rolland C. Reynolds Pathology Award, presented to a graduating medical student whose actions demonstrate care and giving. The award, which includes $1,000, is named for the late UT Southwestern alumnus and faculty member remembered as a gifted pathologist and a generous person.

“I am thrilled and honored to be chosen as the 2014 Reynolds Award recipient. I am grateful to the Department of Pathology at UT Southwestern for providing the solid foundation on which I will build my clinical knowledge for the rest of my career,” said Dr. Wilkowski, a San Antonio native whose family moved to Savannah, Georgia. “I am humbled by Dr. Reynolds' contributions to academics and pathology, as well as by his commitment to serve his community, and I hope to follow the example he set.”

In addition to Project REMEDY, she also served as a HERO mentor at Williams Preparatory Academy, where she helped a hearing-impaired senior high school student with her college and financial aid applications, as well as with the teenager’s senior honors project.

Dr. James Richardson, Professor of Molecular Biology, Pathology, and Plastic Surgery who directs the second-year pathology course on which the Reynolds award is largely based, said, “Dr. Reynolds held with high esteem those who have demonstrated a capacity to care for and give to others. Grace’s dedication to a wide range of service projects throughout her undergraduate and medical school careers makes her an excellent choice for this year's Rolland C. Reynolds Award.”

Dr. Wilkowski graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors from UT Austin, where she majored in history, minored in biology, and played tenor saxophone in the UT Longhorn Basketball and Volleyball Band for three years.

Her mother is an anesthesiologist and her father is a nephrologist. She has two younger sisters: one in law school and the other a successful New York City interior designer.

Dr. Wilkowski matched at UT Southwestern, and will start a residency in anesthesiology later this summer.

“Anesthesiology gives me the opportunity to take care of critically ill patients in the operating room and in the intensive care unit,” she said. “The knowledge I’ve gained studying pathology at UT Southwestern will help me anticipate patient needs.”