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2001 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:

James L. Bernene, MD, FACP

Dr. James L. Bernene was born and raised in Befford, New York. After graduating from high school, he attended Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, where he obtained his BA in 1963. He then attended the Albany Medical College in Albany, New York and graduated with his MD degree in 1967. Dr. Bernene did a medical internship at the Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut, and pursued his medical residency in internal medicine at Cornell University and a fellowship program in endocrinology/metabolism at the Albany Medical College.

Dr. Bernene has been a physician, educator, and mentor to many throughout his career. He has been Board certified in internal medicine since 1972, and in endocrinology/metabolism and diabetes since 1975. He has been a Diplomat with the National Board of Medical Examiner since 1968, and received a Certificate in Medical Management from the Wolf-Springer School at the University of Connecticut School of Business Administration in 1992.

Upon the completion of his postgraduate training, Dr. Bernene served in private practice in Greenwich, Connecticut from 1972 to 1976; as Director of the Medical Residency at Greenwich Hospital from 1976 to 1981; and as Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. From 1981 through 1988, he was Director of the Medical Teaching Service and Medical Residency at the Good Samaritan-Phoenix Veterans Administration Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Since 1988, he has served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the New Britain General Hospital in New Britain, Connecticut.

Dr. Bernene has held dual appointments with New Britain General Hospital and the University of Connecticut Health Center since 1988, and concurrently has been a leader in the filed of graduate medical education. He was appointed Professor and Associate Chairman of Medicine and also Assistant Dean, Medical Education in the School of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. In addition, from 1992 to 1995, he served as Program Director of the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Dr. Bernene has been active in the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Physicians, as well as with the ACP national organization. His commitments have been numerous and include: Governor of the Connecticut Chapter, Reviewer of Annals of Internal Medicine, member of the Health and Public Policy Committee and the Post-Graduate Education Committee. He is a 2001 winner of the Laureate Award for the Connecticut Chapter of the ACP.

He has served in many roles outside of the ACP. In particular, Dr. Bernene has been affiliated with the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine from 1977 to 1993, APDIM Executive Committee, and has served as the first editor of the APDIM journal, Careers in Internal Medicine, for several years. He has also been appointed to the Executive Committee for Physician Reimbursement, Medicare Intermediary for Connecticut. In addition, he has served as a member of the Health and Public Policy Committee for the Hartford County Medical Society, and as course director for the annual "Update in Clinical Medicine" course held in Scottsdale, Arizona since 1985.

Aside from his love of medicine, Dr. Bernene enjoys golf and tennis, and spending time with his expanded family, which now includes two grandchildren. Dr. Bernene is married to the former Diane Nicandri and lives in Avon, Connecticut. Dr. Bernene and Diane have two children, Christopher and Melissa.

Barry J. Wu, MD, FACP

Dr. Barry J. Wu was born in New Jersey, the second of three children to Louise and the late William C. L. Wu. After receiving his undergraduate degree cum laude in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed a NIH Pathology Research Fellowship during medical school. Dr. Wu graduated in 1989 Alpha Omega Alpha, and received the William B. Hawkins Pathology Prize.

Following his internship and residency training in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Wu was appointed Chief Medical Resident at Griffin Hospital. Thereafter, he joined a unique model of faculty development and house staff training at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in 1993. He was blessed with wonderful role models, mentors, and friends including Dr. Peter Herbert, Dr. Ernest Moritz, Dr. Stephen Atlas, Dr. Robert Nardino, Dr. Sherri Clayton, Dr. Alan Kliger, medical directors, and the late Elise Christianson. He has enjoyed opportunities to participate in patient care, medical education, research, and administration. He has contributed to the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Connecticut Medicine, and is on the editorial boards of the Better Health Magazine, and the Saint Raphael Bulletin. In addition, he has served in medical mission projects sponsored by the Hospital of Saint Raphael to the Dominican Republic and Ecuador, and remains active in the Yale Health Professional Christian Fellowship. In 1999, he was awarded the Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Prize and the Francis Gilman Blake Award for his contributions to medical education from Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Wu has been active in the American College of Physicians since 1992, and was inducted into Fellowship in 1997. He has served under Governors Dr. Joseph Cleary, Dr. James Bernene, and Dr. David Podell. He was on the Associates Council from 1994 to 1999, Governors Council from 1995 to present, and Annual Meeting Planning Group from 1999 to present. In addition, he has chaired the Medical Student Committee from 1996 to present, and celebrated their National Evergreen award in 2001 for implementing several programs including an annual regional medical school jeopardy tournament, a graduating medical student award, and a recruiting fair for first-year medical students.

Dr. Wu is presently Director of Medical Student Clerkship and an Associate Program Director in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of Saint Raphael. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine.