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 2020 Distinguished Medical and Biomedical Alumnus/a for their outstanding accomplishments and the distinction they bring to our school!

2020 Recipients

Distinguished Medical Alumnus

John Ulatowski, MD '84.

John Ulatowski, MD ’84, PhD ’80  

John A. Ulatowski, MD ’84, PhD ’80, MBA, is an internationally recognized leader in anesthesiology/critical care medicine, neurology and neurosurgery. He has been on faculty at Johns Hopkins University since 1991. In 2004, Dr. Ulatowski became the Mark C. Rogers Professor and director of the department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (ACCM), as well as anesthesiologist-in-chief for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Under his oversight, ACCM emerged as an institutional leader in patient safety, culminating in the department’s founding leadership of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety. Dr. Ulatowski's research interests focus on the regulatory mechanisms of cerebral blood flow and oxygen delivery to the brain, pain management and sedation, and patient safety and performance improvement in the OR and ICU environments.

From 2011 to 2018 Dr. Ulatowski served as vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI). In this role, he oversaw delivery of medical care to international patients coming to The Johns Hopkins Health System in the U.S. He also led efforts to increase medical care and medical program development at institutions affiliated with JHI around the world.

At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Ulatowski is credited with creating a new educational platform for residencies and fellowships in all specialties in anesthesia; expanding research programs; introducing new care models to clinical practice that were later adopted by outside institutions; implementing electronic medical records for perioperative environments; and facilitating telemedicine initiatives in the adult and pediatric ICUs to improve patient care.

Dr. Ulatowski received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Niagara University. He then attended the University at Buffalo, where he earned a doctorate in physiology and a medical degree. After completing his internship and residency in neurology at the University of Maryland Hospital, he began a second residency in anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins in 1988. He followed this with combined fellowships in neuroanesthesia and neurocritical care. In 2000, he earned an MBA degree from Loyola College of Maryland.

Distinguished Volunteer of the Year

Kim Griswold, MD '94.

Kim Griswold MD ’94, MPH, RN, FAAFP

Kim Griswold MD, MPH, RN, FAAFP, is professor of family medicine, psychiatry, and public health and health professions.

For 25 years, she has dedicated her clinical practice to working with mentally ill adults and with immigrant and refugee populations seeking asylum. Dr. Griswold also serves as a role model to UB medical students and residents by providing care to underserved communities overseas. As faculty advisor to the student-led Human Rights Initiative in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, she has been instrumental in establishing and sustaining this unique learning experience for UB medical students.

Dr. Griswold conducts research related to psychiatry, cultural care and public health. She is a co-investigator on a project to increase the primary care workforce size, leadership potential, diversity and commitment to patient-centered medical home models of practice in underserved areas throughout the region, state and nation.

A highly regarded teacher, Dr. Griswold is devoted to educating pre-med and medical students and training family medicine residents to provide complete inpatient management of adult patients, with a special focus on care for vulnerable populations.

Dr. Griswold earned a bachelor of arts degree in drama and English from Bard College; a nursing degree from Upstate Medical Center; a master’s degree in public health from Yale University; and a medical degree from UB.  She is a graduate of the Royal College of Physicians Educator Program. Over the course of her career, she has received multiple teaching and humanism awards from students and residents and has been inducted into the Richard Sarkin Memorial Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.