Two physicians from the Center for Digestive Health at Dartmouth Health’s Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center recently received national recognition. Lee M. Kaplan, MD, PhD, was given the Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship from the Obesity Society, and Richard I. Rothstein, MD, was named a Master of the American College of Gastroenterology.
Kaplan, who serves as section chief of obesity medicine, was chosen for the Wadden Award distinguished mentorship of the Society’s early career investigators. The award is named for Professor Thomas A. Wadden, PhD, who mentored many individuals who went on to pursue successful careers in obesity research and clinical care.
Rothstein, who serves as chair of the department of medicine, is one of only seven physicians in the United States named a Master of the American College of Gastroenterology this year. This award recognizes his stature and achievement in clinical gastroenterology and teaching, service, leadership and education.
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