An assistant professor at Harvard University's School of Public Health and a Chicago oncologist are among 25 MacArthur Fellows, a prestigious honor that includes a no-strings-attached gift of $500,000 over the next five years.
Sue Goldie, M.D., who is an associate professor of health decision science at Harvard, is among a eclectic group of award winners that includes a fisherman, a rare-book preservationist and a violin-maker. She is joined on the list by Olufunmilayo Olopade, M.D., a professor of medicine and human genetics at the University of Chicago Hospitals.
The 25 winners of what are widely known as "genius grants" were selected by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago for creativity, originality and potential.
The list also included a well-known name in patient-safety circles in the healthcare industry -- Michael Cohen, president of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices based in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., who is considered an early pioneer in the movement to address medication errors in hospitals.
Goldie, a public-health researcher who has focused on improving women's health in underserved populations, received her medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed her residency at Yale University-New Haven Medical Center. She received a master's in public health from Harvard in 1997.
Olopade received her medical degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and completed an internship and residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.