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Connecticut Chapter Laureate Award

The Laureate award honors those Fellows and Masters of the American College of Physicians who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in patient care, education or research, and in service to their community and the College. Recipients of this award shall bear the title Laureate of the Connecticut Chapter. The recipients are:

Sherri A. Clayton, MD, FACP

Dr. Sherri Ann Clayton was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts and attended Barnstable High School. In 1983, she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Clayton attended New York Medical College and received her medical doctorate in 1988. She did residency training in Internal Medicine and was Chief Resident at Westchester County Medical Center. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

In 1992, Dr. Clayton declined a Cardiology Fellowship position at Westchester to join academic medicine as the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Medical Clinic Director at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport. She remained at St. Vincent's until 1998 and then moved on to New Haven and the Hospital of St. Raphael as the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Programs.

Dr. Clayton has received several teaching awards and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She was the recipient of the Medical Intern Award for Excellence in teaching, and as Chief Resident she received the Award for Student Teaching from the graduating class of 1992 at New York Medical College. She was also awarded the "Attending Teacher of the Year" Award at St. Vincent's in 1998. Dr. Clayton is a member of the Readership Advisory Group for the Annals of Internal Medicine, has made numerous national and local presentations and has published several articles. She has also been the health expert for the "Ask the MD" column of the Better Health Magazine at the Hospital of St. Raphael since 1998 and reported weekly on "Health Team 8" for Channel 8 Television (WTNH), the ABC Affiliate in New Haven from 1997-1998. She was active on the Board of Governors for the Alumni Association at New York Medical College from 1993-1996.

Dr. Clayton has been a very active member on the Governor's council of the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine since 1992. She was the Chairperson of the Associates Committee from 1994-1996 and contributed to the Chapter "Evergreen Award" for her Associates Committee activities and the Spring Scientific Session. She has been the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee and of the Program Committee for the Annual Sessions. She has been instrumental in developing the Chapters' participation in the "Jeopardy-like" game show of the ACP -The Medical Knowledge Challenge, in which the Connecticut Team won the National title in 1999 at the Annual Session in New Orleans.

She is best known for her computer programming and the application of those skills to program administration and medical education, most widely recognized for her "Medical Jeopardy" noon conferences, and most recently, "Who wants to be a Professor?"

She is currently the Medical Education Consultant for the Hospital of St. Raphael and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, but has now returned to her home on Cape Cod to practice Internal Medicine. She is joined on the Cape by the new additions to her family, Penelope and Potamus, her two pug dogs.

Robert M. McLean, MD, FACP

Dr. Robert M. McLean was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1963 and was raised in Potomac, Maryland. After graduating from the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland, he then attended Williams College from which he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry in 1984. At the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society during his third year and then served as the Chapter President. He graduated in 1988 magna cum laude and was awarded the Faculty Gold Medal.

He trained as a resident in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and then served as a Chief Resident in the Yale Primary Care Medicine Residency Program. After completing a fellowship in rheumatology at Yale in 1994, he joined the New Haven Medical Group to practice internal medicine and rheumatology. He is a founding member of Connecticut Medical Group, formed in 1997 when several groups in greater New Haven merged in an effort to maintain independence from larger healthcare market forces and thereby remain as strong patient advocates. He serves on the executive committee of that organization and serves as the Director of its bone densitometry facility.

Dr. McLean is board-certified in both internal medicine and rheumatology and maintains an active practice in both areas. He is a member of the Attending Staff at Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Hospital of Saint Raphael. During the past six years, he has taught Yale medical students, internal medicine residents from both area hospitals, and Yale rheumatology fellows in both the hospital and office settings and continues to do so on a regular basis. Since 1995, he has maintained an appointment in the Yale School of Medicine as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine and the American College of Rheumatology.

He has been active in the Connecticut Chapter of the American College Physicians since 1992, initially on the Chief Resident's Council under Dr. Joseph Cleary's direction and soon thereafter on the Health & Public Policy Committee since its inception under Dr. George Thornton. Dr. McLean became that Committee's Chairman in 1996 and subsequently became Co-Chairman with Dr. Paul Dolinsky when ACP and ASIM merged in 1998. Through his work on the Connecticut Chapter Health & Public Policy Committee, Dr. McLean tries to promote the interests of internists at the legislative level and has served as the liasion with the Connecticut State Medical Society's Legislative Committee. He remains active in the ACP Connecticut Chapter and has served on the Governor's Council since 1996.

Dr. McLean is married to Catherine Wick, and they live in Woodbridge, Connecticut with their two sons, Jack and Will.