Medical School honors three distinguished graduates

Three University of Minnesota Medical School alumni were honored for their contributions to the medical profession at the Medical School Alumni Awards Banquet last spring at the University’s McNamara Alumni Center.


Macaran Baird, M.D., M.S. Headshot

The Harold S. Diehl Award is granted to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the University of Minnesota Medical School, the University as a whole, and the community. It was established in honor of the Medical School’s fifth dean, Harold Sheely Diehl, M.D. 

Macaran Baird, M.D., M.S.

Baird, head of the Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health for 15 years and a former certified marriage and family therapist, is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in the movement toward integrated primary care and behavioral health. Before his retirement from the department in 2018, he accepted the position of interim University of Minnesota Physicians chief executive officer and copresident of University of Minnesota Health and was a key figure in creating M Health Fairview. A member of the Medical School Class of 1975, Baird is known for his strong work ethic and deep personal integrity.


Mark V. Dahl, M.D. Headshot

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes University of Minnesota Medical School alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their communities — at the local, regional, or national level — through medical practice, teaching, research, or other humanitarian activities.

Mark V. Dahl, M.D.

A member of the Medical School Class of 1968, Dahl is a highly respected teacher and expert in immunodermatology. He is a former chairman of the dermatology departments at both the University of Minnesota Medical School and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Arizona. Dahl founded Camp Discovery for children who have severe skin disorders, which has continued each summer for 25 years, and has helped to train hundreds of medical students, residents, and fellows. Those who know him appreciate his wit, commitment to research, and dedication to excellence.


Terence (Terry) C. Burns, M.D., Ph.D. Headshot

The Early Distinguished Career Alumni Award is given to a physician for exceptional accomplishments within 15 years of graduating from or completing his or her residency at the University of Minnesota Medical School. 

Terence (Terry) C. Burns, M.D., Ph.D.

Even in his days in the Medical School’s Medical Scientist Training Program, Burns was making his mark on science, publishing a landmark paper on methodological pitfalls in stem cell research. Burns, who earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2007 and medical degree in 2009, is now a surgeon-scientist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is working to develop regenerative strategies to optimize function and quality of life for people who have brain tumors, neurologic injuries, and neurodegenerative diseases. Colleagues describe him as a passionate, empathetic, and driven clinical investigator.  

Published on October 15, 2019

Honor an outstanding alumnus 

The Medical School is seeking nominations for its 2020 alumni awards, which will be presented at an awards banquet on April 16 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus.

Please consider honoring a deserving colleague by recommending him or her for one of the following awards: 

Harold S. Diehl Award, granted to individuals who have made outstanding professional contributions to the Medical School, the University, and the community. 

Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes University of Minnesota Medical School graduates and resident alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through medical practice, teaching, research, or other humanitarian activities.

Early Distinguished Career Alumni Award, given to a physician for exceptional accomplishments within 15 years of graduating from or completing their residency at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Nominations are due by January 15, 2020. For more information and a list of past winners, visit med.umn.edu/about/honors-awards/alumni-awards.