The 2014 Meharry Medical College Convocation Honorary Degree Recipients
Each year, Meharry bestows three prestigious awards to alumni who have demonstrated merit in their area of expertise, while upholding the mission of the College: Worship of God Through Service to Mankind.
The Axel C. Hansen, M.D. ’44 Distinguished Physician Award is named for the outstanding School of Medicine alumnus who was one of the first African Americans to become a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Hansen, Meharry’s first Distinguished Service Professor, chaired the Department of Ophthalmology at Meharry and served as Medical Director of Meharry’s George W. Hubbard Hospital. The award is given to an alumnus of the School of Medicine who has demonstrated leadership and personal commitment to our mission of service through the exemplary practice of medicine.
Edith Faye Smith Rayford, M.D., ’88
Obstetrician and gynecologist with Central Mississippi Medical Center and South Central Regional Medical Center
Click below to watch Dr. Smith Rayford receive her award from Dean Marquetta L. Faulkner, M.D., M.B.A.
The Fred C. Fielder, D.D.S. ’60 Distinguished Dentist Award is named for an outstanding alumnus who served Meharry Medical College as the Chairman of the Department of Operative Dentistry and Dean of the School of Dentistry. The award is presented to a Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry alumnus who has demonstrated leadership and personal commitment to our mission of service and excellence through the exemplary practice of dentistry.
Robert S. Elam, D.D.S. ’80, MAGD
Dental practitioner in Nashville, specializing in comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry
Click below to watch Dr. Elam receive his award from Dean Cherae Farmer-Dixon, D.D.S. ’90, M.S.P.H.’94.
The Harold D. West, Ph.D. Distinguished Biomedical Scientist Award is named after the fifth and first African-American President of Meharry Medical College. This award is presented to an alumnus of the Meharry Medical College School of Graduate Studies and Research in recognition of their outstanding long-term contributions in biomedical science research. Recipients of this accolade have not only demonstrated reputable accomplishments scientifically, but have made significant and meaningful progress in the highest ethical principles of biomedical conduct.
Cynthia M. Harris, Ph.D., ’85, DABT
Director of the Institute of Public Health at Florida A&M University
Click below to watch Dr. Harris receive her award from Dean Maria de Fatima Lima, Ph.D.