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THREE TO RECEIVE UTHSC OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARDS
Tennessee (October 10, 2005) – Three exceptional alumni were chosen by the
College of Medicine Alumni Council to receive the University of Tennessee
Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine’s 2005 Outstanding Alumnus
Award. Presented annually, the award was
created to give special recognition to UTHSC graduates who have distinguished
themselves in their medical practice, their profession, and in their community.
Charles Edward Allen, MD (1954), Robert E. Tooms, MD (1956), and
Each award winner made his mark in more than one of the primary academic medicine mission areas of education, patient care, research and community service. Each also left an indelible legacy in his chosen specialty: Dr. Allen in internal medicine and cardiology, Dr. Tooms in orthopedic surgery and Dr. Wruble in gastroenterology.
pioneer in medical education, Dr. Allen served nationally as the director of
the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education, was a trustee on the
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, was elected three times
to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Council on Medical Education and served
on both the AMA’s Section on Medical Schools and the committee on Allied Health
Education and Accreditation. He was the driving force behind the founding of
the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) which
had a profound impact on the level of healthcare in the Appalachian areas of
Over his dynamic career, Dr. Allen has received a variety of honors including, the Governor’s Outstanding Tennessean Award, the Tennessee Medical Association’s Outstanding Physician Award, the Meritorious Service Award from the Tennessee Hospital Association, and his community presented him with the Spirit of Johnson City Award. In his retirement, his continuing interest in education is evidenced by his service on the ETSU Foundation Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees of Milligan College and the Board of Trustees of Emmanuel School of Religion.
Dr. Tooms made a huge difference in the lives of amputees by being instrumental in the development of a number of research projects that resulted in increased mobility for handicapped individuals. Recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in prosthetics, he has authored several textbook chapters and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles.
A leader in the
field of orthopedics, Dr. Tooms was also leader at UTHSC in a variety of
positions, including medical director of the University of Tennessee
Rehabilitation Engineering Center, medical director of the Spinal Cord Injury
Center, chief of the Childhood Amputee Clinic, consultant to the Tennessee
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and chairman of the committee on
rehabilitation of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. In addition to his numerous positions at
UTHSC, he was president of the medical staff at
Revered and honored for his contributions to education, Dr. Wruble’s teaching abilities have been recognized as outstanding from the beginning of his career. He has received the Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Teaching Excellence Awards for two consecutive years, and the Golden Apple Award from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he still holds the position of professor of medicine.
Opening the first
gastroenterology practice in the city of
“Drs. Allen, Tooms
and Wruble represent the best of what UT College of
Medicine graduates contribute in practice, academics and community service.
Each has been an innovator in his chosen specialty and has moved the entire
field forward, making an enormous difference in people’s lives along the way. I
am proud of their association with the
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