FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dr. Brian J. McMahon of the Alaska Native Medical Center
Receives Prestigious Distinguished Scientist Award 2009
from the Hepatitis B Foundation
Dr. McMahon recognized for significantly advancing the science and medicine of hepatitis B
Doylestown, PA, April 2009 - The Hepatitis B Foundation is proud to publicly present its “Distinguished Scientist 2009 Award” to Dr. Brian McMahon, Scientific Program and Clinical Director, Liver Disease and Hepatitis Program, Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, AK, at the annual Crystal Ball gala held in Doylestown, PA. Dr. McMahon is being recognized for his extraordinary contribution and commitment to advancing the science and medicine of hepatitis B. He is internationally renowned for his hepatitis B research and is beloved for his career-long commitment to improving the health of Alaska Native and American Indian people in particular.
When Dr. McMahon first arrived in Alaska in the 1970ís, over 10% of the Alaska Native population was chronically infected with hepatitis B and the annual incidence of acute hepatitis B was staggering. He led a program that provided the hepatitis B vaccine to all susceptible persons and started a routine infant immunization program in the 1980ís, a decade before it became a national recommendation. In addition to hepatitis B vaccination programs, Dr. McMahon initiated a blood screening program for the early detection of primary liver cancer when it is at a treatable stage.
Dr. McMahon is a thought leader in the field who is called upon frequently: he has co-authored the AASLD Practice Guidelines for the Management of Hepatitis B; published hundreds of articles; provided expert testimony at the NIH Consensus Conference on Hepatitis B; and currently serves on the expert panel for the Institute of Medicineís study of chronic viral hepatitis in the U.S. During his distinguished career, Dr. McMahon has been the recipient of several awards, including a Certificate of Appreciation, from the National Indian Health Board, the Indian Health Service PHS Unit Award for Hepatitis A Outbreak Control Program, and elected to Mastership in the American College of Physicians.
About the Hepatitis B Foundation
The Hepatitis B Foundation is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected with hepatitis B worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy. For more information, please call 215-489-4900 or visit www.hepb.org.
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