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Silver & Gold Award

School of Medicine

First awarded in 1969, this is the highest honor and recognition bestowed by the Medical Alumni Association. The Silver and Gold Award for Excellence in Humanitarianism, Citizenship and Professionalism is presented for outstanding service to the community and contributions to the science and art of medicine. To be eligible, the candidate must be a current or past member of the association and an MD graduate of the school. 


Year Recipient
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William Maniatis, MD
Class of '65

​H.A. "Rick" Fonken, MD, Class of '59
Carol Rumack, MD
Class of '74

Nathaniel Stinson, MD,PhD
Class of ‘81


Stephen M. Nicholas, MD, Class of '81

A pioneer in the care of HIV-infected children and an advocate for the medically underserved.


E. Chester Ridgeway, MD, Class of '68

Graduated magna cum laude from the School of Medicine, chaired the school's research oversight committee for 10 years.


Philip S. Mehler, MD

Chief Medical Officer of Denver Health and a professor at the School of Medicine where he holds the Glassman Endowed Chair of Medicine.


Ned Calonge, MD

Chief Medical Officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and a member of the CDC's Task Force on Community Preventive Services.


Herbert Rolan Zick, Class of 1955

Long recognized for his valuable services in the education and training of resident surgical staff, Dr. Herbert Zick also is honored as a member of our armed forces.


Philip Sunshine, Class of 1955

Many consider Dr. Philip Sunshine to be a living legend, as he is widely recognized as one of the founding fathers of modern neonatology.



Jack Comstock,  Class of 1938 

It is common to use the term “hero” to describe those we admire. But it is rare that an individual lives up to the term as much as Dr. Jack Comstock.