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University of Nebraska Medical Center

Current Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Anne Hubbard

Anne Hubbard, MD

Class of 1977

Dr. Anne Hubbard, a native of Omaha, Neb., graduated from the UNMC College of Medicine in 1977 and went on to do a Radiology Residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She also completed a Pediatric Radiology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee.  

Dr. Hubbard spent most of her career as a radiologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) specializing in musculoskeletal imaging, dysmorphology and evaluation of genetic diseases.  In 1996 at the newly opened Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at CHOP, she developed new MR imaging techniques to evaluate fetuses with possible anomalies and received international recognition for her techniques. Dr. Hubbard taught physicians from around the world in fetal imaging. 

In 2005, Dr. Hubbard returned to Nebraska and worked at UNMC and Children’s Hospital. Retiring in 2015, she turned her attention to running her family foundation, the Claire M Hubbard Foundation.  The foundation focuses on the environment, science research and education, and indigenous communities. The foundation recently funded a new Center for Water, Climate and Health at the College of Public Health at UNMC to focus on the effects of the environment on human health. She sits on the boards of the University of Nebraska Foundation, the Omaha Zoo and the Kiewit Luminarium. She recently completed terms of service on the boards of the Nature Conservancy Nebraska and St. Augustine Indian Mission in Winnebago. 

Among her many passions is mentoring Native American Children, mostly from Omaha and the Winnebago Tribe. She is involved with the fundraising committee for the redo of the Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Hospital, located in Walthill, Neb.

Dedication to Student Excellence Award

John Craig

John "Andy" Craig, MD

Class of 2013

Dr. John “Andy” Craig grew up in Minden, Neb., and graduated from Minden High School in 2003. He went on to the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he graduated with a degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Biology in December of 2007. He completed a post bachelor program at UNK through the Kearney Health Opportunities Program (KHOP). The purpose of the program is to recruit and educate students from rural Nebraska who are committed to returning to rural Nebraska to practice healthcare. 
 
Dr. Craig graduated from the UNMC College of Medicine in 2013 and went on to the Accelerated Family Medicine residency at UNMC. He was selected chief resident for the 2014-2015 academic year.   

When he completed residency, Dr. Craig moved back to Minden, Neb. where he lives with his wife and four children.   

Dr. Craig practices family medicine at Kearney County Health Services. According to Dr. Craig, he has “the great privilege of caring for the patients of Kearney County.”  In addition, Dr. Craig and his practice serve as a rural health care preceptor site for UNMC students. He has contributed countless hours of support to students as they rotate through the practice, showing them the value of the experience of practicing in a more rural area.  

Dr. Craig is recognized for going the extra mile for patients. He is the first to do the extra work, make extra calls to specialists and he keeps his focus on taking the best care possible of patients. In addition, Dr. Craig is the Director of EMT services for the hospital, a role in which he works with volunteer fire departments and EMS services to coordinate their service. 

In the spring of 2022, Dr. Craig testified in front of the Nebraska Legislature’s appropriations committee in support of a bill that would provide funding towards the University for expanded health professions programs through a partnership between UNMC and UNK.   

Dr. Craig has shown an unwavering commitment to enhancing the education of UNMC’s students, and to providing the best possible care to the people of his community.   
 
In addition to his busy practice, Dr. Craig serves as a member of the Minden School Board.

Early Career Achievement Award

Kristina Derrick

Kristina Derrick, MD, ScM

Class of 2010

Kristina Derrick, a graduate of Omaha Central High School and an Omaha native, spent many of her teenage years as a volunteer and employee at UNMC, including working at the outpatient center information desk. She matriculated to Johns Hopkins University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health. She then completed a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health where she completed a year of lab research on the hormonal effects of estradiol on a rat model of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Dr. Derrick was proud to return to the University of Nebraska for medical school. She served as president and treasurer of the UNMC Chapter of the American Medical Association-Medical Student Section and a member of the Nebraska Medical Association Board of Directors. Dr. Derrick also received the Nebraska Medical Foundation Summer Research Scholarship and the Mark Husk Pediatric Research Award.

Dr. Derrick completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of California, Davis, where she was the Delegate and Chapter Representative to the American Academy of Pediatrics. She also spent an elective working as a Health Policy Fellow in the Washington, D.C., office of Representative Doris Matsui. She then moved to New York, where she completed a pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She received numerous awards for her research on pediatric brain MRI abnormalities associated with growth hormone disorder and precocious puberty.

Dr. Derrick joined the faculty at Montefiore as an Assistant Professor, where she became the Program Director of the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship. She developed a multi-specialty clinic for children born with differences in sexual development, sometimes called intersex. While collaborating with dermatology in clinical care of patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome and research on the prevalence of pilomatricomas in Turner syndrome and characterizing rickets associated with cutaneous skeletal hypophosphatasia syndrome, Dr. Derrick felt it would be beneficial to her patients to broaden her scope of practice to include dermatology.

Dr. Derrick worked as a clinical research fellow at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, where she was a sub-investigator and study coordinator for 11 pharmaceutical clinical trials and multisite studies for pediatric and adult dermatology. In March 2020, she was working in Brooklyn, NY, when COVID-19 hit the city. Dr. Derrick volunteered as a physician on the COVID wards at Kings County Hospital and also helped to set up telemedicine at several pediatric dermatology clinic sites. She published on COVID and prurigo pigmentosa with type 1 diabetes, perineal desquamation in MIS-C and Kawasaki disease, and periorbital hypopigmentation as an important finding in dark skinned patients with neonatal lupus.

Dr. Derrick was invited to complete a dermatology residency, where she is currently the chief resident in dermatology at SUNY Downstate. She has created modules for the AAD Skin of Color Curriculum on acanthosis nigricans and prurigo pigmentosa. Recently, she has worked with Positive Exposure, a nonprofit founded by a former fashion photographer to create more inclusive and non-stigmatizing representations of individuals and communities for educating medical students and the general public. The current project to increase awareness of the appearance and personal impact of certain dermatology conditions in patients with skin of color is expected to be released in late 2022.

She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with her husband, also a UNMC physician alumnus, and 3 young children.

Honorary Alumnus Award

Emily McElroy

Emily McElroy, MLIS

Emily McElroy, MLIS, became the inaugural dean of the McGoogan Health Sciences Library at UNMC on January 1, 2020.

An Illinois native, McElroy joined UNMC in 2013 as director of the McGoogan Health Sciences Library. Before joining UNMC, she was an associate university librarian for content management and systems at Oregon Health and Science University. She has served on the faculty of New York University’s Elmer H. Bobst Library, the University of Oregon Libraries, and Loyola University’s Health Sciences Library. At OHSU, she served in faculty governance as president of its faculty senate. She was active in Orbis Cascade Alliance, a leading library consortium of 38 colleges and universities in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. 

The McGoogan Health Sciences Library has expanded its collections, programs, and services under McElroy’s leadership. During her tenure, the library completed an extensive renovation of library space. As a primary focus of hers, McElroy worked closely with library staff, students, and faculty in creating a new library. The renovated McGoogan Health Sciences Library meets UNMC’s needs for a 21st-century library that is flexible, forward-thinking, and student-centered. Working closely with Dr. Bob Wigton and Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, McElroy has played a lead role in expanding the library’s special collections and archives into the Wigton Heritage Center. Its exhibits engage users from alumni, visiting delegations, prospective students, current students and faculty, and Nebraska residents. No other academic health sciences library has a similar space in showcasing its resources.

McElroy is committed to the library’s mission of connecting the past, informing the present, and building the future. Inspiring excellence in education, research, and patient care through information. The library faculty work closely with faculty and students in all its colleges, institutes, and major units. Faculty are involved in outreach to Nebraska residents in providing more than 40 years of consumer health information.

With her interest in scholarly communications, McElroy serves on library advisory boards for the largest scientific, technical, and medical publishers. She is active in the American Library Association. She has served in leadership positions in its division, the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services. She is also active in the American Association of Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). Her interest in library assessment data has a particular focus on collections. She has led efforts in different purchasing models for library collections.

Honorary Alumnus Award

Bradley Britigan

Bradley Britigan, MD

An internal medicine/infectious disease trained physician scientist, Dr. Britigan has served as the Stokes-Shackleford Professor and Dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska since July 1, 2011. In January 2014 he also assumed the role of interim President of Nebraska Medicine, the healthcare system formed by the integration of the Nebraska Medical Center, Bellevue Medical Center, and UNMC-Physicians. The latter is the faculty practice plan of UNMC. He held this position until August 2016 when the health system named a permanent CEO. Since 2011, he has also co-directed the pediatric faculty practice plan, Children’s Specialty Physicians, with the CEO of Children’s Hospital of Omaha. During Dr. Britigan’s tenure as dean, the faculty have increased by 50%, extramural research funding has doubled as the school has risen 12 spots in NIH rankings, three new departments have been created, and the number of female department chairs has increased from one to six. 

A Minnesota native who grew up in St. Louis, Dr. Britigan earned his bachelor’s degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and his medical degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He competed internal medicine residency at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Britigan joined UNMC after seven years at the University of Cincinnati, where he was the Taylor Professor and chair of the department of internal medicine. Prior to that, he spent 17 years at the University of Iowa where he was director of infectious diseases and fellowship program director for 11 years. He has had a 30-year role as a staff physician and investigator in the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has been involved in medical student, graduate student, resident, and post-doctoral fellow education throughout his career.  

Dr. Britigan directs an active research program that has been funded by NIH, the VA, and a variety of research foundations. Research in his laboratory focuses on the biology of oxygen-centered free radicals and/or iron metabolism as they relate to host defense/inflammation.  There is a particular emphasis on these events in phagocyte biology and the pathogenesis of infection with bacterial pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and Francisella tularensis. His research has been funded over the years by NIH, the VA and a variety of research foundations.  

The author of more than 135 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Britigan was elected to membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and was the president of the American Federation for Medical Research from 1996-1997 and president of the Central Society for Clinical Research from 2010-2011. He continues to be clinically active in adult infectious diseases and medical education. He has also served for several years as a member of the review and selection committees for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (ELAM) that seeks to advance the careers of women in academic medicine. He also has served as a member of site visit teams for the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) that is responsible for the accreditation of medical schools in the United States and Canada.