Yale University School of Medicine Presents Alumni in Medicine Distinguished Service Award

Dr. William G. Anlyan, of Durham, North Carolina was presented the Yale Alumni in Medicine Distinguished Service Award on June 5 at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Anlyan, who is celebrating his 50th Reunion at Yale Medical School this spring, was commended for his distinguished career in academic medicine and for the leadership he exhibited throughout his entire career, particularly at the Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Anlyan graduated magna cum laude in 1945 from Yale University and from the School of Medicine in 1949. He served his internship and residency in the general and thoracic surgery division at Duke University and in 1953 received a Markle Scholarship, one of the most coveted awards in medicine.

From 1964 to 1988, Dr. Anlyan served as Chancellor of Duke University Medical Center. Under his leadership, the Medical Center became one of the major private tertiary care facilities of the southeast, taking it from a fine regional medical center to the front ranks of American medical research institutions. In recognition of his many accomplishments, Duke’s Board of Trustees designated Anlyan as chancellor emeritus in 1990. Anlyan continues to serve as a trustee of The Duke Endowment, the $2 billion Charlotte (N.C.) charitable trust which supports educational, health care, religious, and child welfare organizations in North and South Carolina.

Dr. Anlyan has authored numerous research papers, has written books regarding the fields of medical education and health policy and has served on numerous committees and organizations, including chairmanships for the Council of Deans and the Assembly of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He was the founding chairman of Educom, and chairman of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine. In 1971, he was a founding member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He was chairman of Yale University Council’s Committee on Health Affairs, has served on the White House Science Council and has been sought after for advice and counsel on medical education and medical care throughout the world.

In 1979, Yale named Dr. Anlyan Distinguished Surgeon Alumnus and in 1980, the Association of American Medical Colleges gave him its highest honor, the Abraham Flexner Award.

Dr. Anlyan is past chairman of the board of directors and continues to serve on the executive committee of Research!America, an organization that, in partnership with professional societies, hospitals, industry, universities and voluntary health agencies, is a leading advocate for medical research.

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