Foster wins Distinguished Medical Educator Award

Dr. Daniel W. Foster, Professor of Internal Medicine and Headmaster of the Colleges at UT Southwestern Medical School, has received the 2011 TIAA-CREF Distinguished Medical Educator Award for his preeminent career of teaching and research at UT Southwestern.

Dr. Daniel W. Foster
Dr. Daniel W. Foster

TIAA-CREF, a leading financial services provider to the academic, research, medical and nonprofit fields, awards the honor annually to individuals for contributions that have had national and international influence and set a standard of excellence in the medical community. A steering committee of leading medical education professionals from Texas institutions governs the award and evaluates entries.

“I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach extraordinary students for nearly 50 years at UT Southwestern while also pursuing my research.” said Dr. Foster, who served as Chairman of Internal Medicine for 16 years. “Thank you to TIAA-CREF and to my peers in the Texas medical community for this award.”

The award carries a $10,000 honorarium for the recipient and a $5,000 donation to the John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, also known as The Health Museum, in Houston for student summer camp scholarships.

Dr. Foster is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. He was appointed to the President’s Council on Bioethics by President George W. Bush in January 2002 and was reappointed for a third term in 2005.

“I congratulate Daniel Foster on behalf of everyone at TIAA-CREF for his contributions to teaching and shaping the medical professionals of the future, adding to the already stellar reputation of the UT Southwestern Medical School,” said Mario Ramirez, national director of Wealth Management Executive Planning for TIAA-CREF.

Dr. Foster’s previous teaching awards include the Eric G. Neilson, M.D., Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Specialty Professors, the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Great Teacher Award from the National Institutes of Health.

A former president of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Sciences of Texas and the Association of Professors of Medicine, Dr. Foster is a 1955 graduate of UT Southwestern Medical School. He received the Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement from the American Diabetes Association for his research with Dr. J. Denis McGarry in discovering a regulatory system for fatty acid oxidation.

For many years he served the National Institutes of Health, where he led the metabolism study section, and was a member of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ advisory council and the National Diabetes advisory council. Dr. Foster also served two five-year terms on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Clinical Center, as well as serving on several NIH search committees.

Dr. Foster holds the John Denis McGarry, Ph.D., Distinguished Chair in Diabetes and Metabolic Research.