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Urology, endocrinology scholars honored by Pfizer

Two graduating University of Florida College of Medicine scholars recently were honored by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for their achievements in education, research and patient care.

Scott Rhamy, M.D., former chief resident in the department of surgery’s urology division, was named 2002 recipient of the Pfizer Scholars in Urology Grant, given at UF since 1996. Rhamy, who completed his training in June, designed and developed a Web page for the division that included an operating room scheduling system, links to major literature sources, summaries of resident lectures and data on medications commonly used in urology.

The Web page, which will remain online, significantly advances the division’s capabilities to provide both education and patient care, said division chief Robert Newman, M.D.

Endocrinology fellow Monisha “Mona” Chadha, M.D., received the Pfizer Scholars in Endocrinology Grant, the first time the award has been given. She recently completed her fellowship and returned to her native Louisiana, where she plans to pursue a joint academic and clinical appointment in private practice in Houma, near New Orleans.

Chadha and her husband Kevin, a clinical nephrologist in private practice in Houma, expect their first child later this year.

Laurence Kennedy, M.D., chief of the department of medicine’s endocrinology division, nominated Chadha based on her outstanding dedication to all aspects of her program, particularly patient care.

On behalf of the awardees, Pfizer donated research grants of $2,000 and $1,500, respectively, to the divisions of urology and endocrinology.