H. David Wilson wins prestigious Commonwealth Award

H. David Wilson, vice president for health affairs and dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, recently was named as recipient of the coveted Commonwealth Award by the University of Kentucky Medical Alumni Association for 2008.

In his award letter, Bill Hoppenjans, chair of UK’s Alumni Awards Committee, said that Dr. Wilson, a pediatrician and pediatric infectious disease specialist, got the prestigious award “in recognition of your work in pediatrics…and your remarkable accomplishments throughout the nation.

“Your achievements have earned for you the immense respect of your peers,” Hoppenjans said.

For his part, Wilson says peer recognition is very rewarding.

“The positive judgment of your peers is always most welcome,” said Wilson, who currently serves as chair of Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges, which accredits all U.S. medical schools.

Wilson was named dean of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences in 1995 and UND vice president for health affairs in 2001. According to President Charles Kupchella, the vice president title reflects the leadership role Wilson plays in the implementation of the University’s strategic plan, particularly with respect to expanding research, increasing external funding, and broadening UND’s public service commitment in the area of health promotion.

The UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, one of the smallest medical schools in the country, has made an outsize reputation for its patient-centered curriculum and its family medicine and rural health programs.

A native of Illinois, Wilson graduated from Wabash College in Indiana and received his M.D. from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Mo. His specialty training is in pediatric infectious diseases, done at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Before coming to UND, he was a faculty member and associate dean at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington.

The Commonwealth Award will be formally presented to Dr. Wilson at a banquet and awards ceremony Oct. 10 in Lexington, Ky.