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Department of Medicine alumnus receives prestigious award

An alumnus of the College of Medicine recently received a prestigious achievement award.

Paul Plourde, MD, completed his internal medicine residency at Penn State from 1978 to 1981 and his fellowship in endocrinology from 1981 to 1983. He began his medical career in a private Endocrinology practice, subsequently using his clinical and scientific skills to develop new pharmacological agents to help his patients.

Dr. Plourd, who is also a University of Maine alumnus, was recently chosen by that university’s Alumni Association as the recipient of the prestigious Bernard Lown ’42 Humanitarian Award as part of their 2021 Alumni Achievement Awards. According to the Association, Dr. Plourde has made a name for himself as an industry leader in the planning and development of a large study of the treatment of breast cancer; his scholarship and commitment led to the development of novel hormonal treatment of the disease.

Learn more about Dr. Plourde and his extraordinary work in this video starting at minute 17:00. (Begin the video at 15:22 to learn more about the award’s namesake.)

Longtime members of endocrinology at Penn State might recognize a familiar face at 18:45: Among those singing Dr. Plourde’s praises are Dr. Richard Santen, who served as the Chief of Endocrinology at Penn State College of Medicine from 1973 to 1993.

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