Jacobs School Distinguished Alumni Awards

Each year we present a Distinguished Medical and Biomedical Alumnus/a Award to an MD, PhD, Resident and Volunteer of our school who is recognized nationally or internationally for his or her outstanding contributions to medicine and the biomedical sciences, the arts or the humanities.  This event takes place annually during Reunion Weekend.

We are proud to recognize our 2022 Distinguished Medical and Biomedical Alumnus/a for their outstanding accomplishments and the distinction they bring to our school!

2022 Recipients

Distinguished Medical Alumnus

Rob Gore, MD '02.

Rob Gore, MD '02

Robert Gore, MD '02

Robert Gore, MD, a 2002 graduate of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is founder and executive director of the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI), a youth violence prevention program. In 2018, as a result of his efforts with KAVI, he was named a Top 10 CNN Hero, a global honor that celebrates everyday people changing the world. An emergency department physician and clinical assistant professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County in Brooklyn, Gore has served extensively on the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis in New York City. He is the founding director of the Brooklyn-based Minority Medical Student Emergency Medicine Summer Fellowship, a mentoring and enrichment program for underrepresented minorities interested in emergency medicine. 

Distinguished BIOMedical Alumnus

Dr. Jessica L. Reynolds, PhD '04 (Pathology)

Jessica Reynolds, PhD '84 (Pathology).

Jessica Reynolds, PhD '84 (Pathology)

Dr. Reynolds writes, "I have a strong interest in the development of therapeutic delivery tools using nanomedicine to modulate both the nervous and immune systems. I have developed a body of work in nanomedicine, which is the medical application of nanotechnology and includes a wide range of applications. Towards this end I have been developing nanotechnology and biological based delivery vehicles that target astrocytes, microglial cells, and macrophages. These cells play a prominent role in HIV and neuroAIDs pathogenesis and co-infections associated with HIV such as tuberculosis (TB). My laboratory has developed a new therapy that combines anti-TB drugs with the actions of the innate immune system, to synergistically act to eradicate pathogens. This could potentially reduce the drug dosage required, shorten treatment duration, mitigate dose-dependent toxicity, and reduce the emergence of drug resistance."

2022 Medical Alumni Association’s President’s Award

Kenneth L. Gayles, MD '73

Kenneth L. Gayles, M.D. '73, F.A.C.C.

Kenneth L. Gayles, M.D. '73, F.A.C.C.

Dr. Kenneth Lee Gayles is a cardiovascular specialist who treats over 6,000 cardiac care patients annually. He is the owner of Gayles Medical practice. Dr. Gayles is board certified in cardiovascular diseases and internal medicine and brings to GBUAHN over four decades of experience diagnosing and treating congenital heart defects, heart failure, coronary artery disease, and other heart problems. He was the first African-American invasive cardiologist in Western New York.