Dr. A. Bradley Soule was born in St. Albans, Vermont in October 1903. He enrolled at the University of Vermont in the Fall of 1921 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1925. Three years later, Dr. Soule received his M.D. from the College of Medicine
and did a one-year internship at the Mary Fletcher Hospital. His first faculty appointment was in the Fall of 1929 when he was appointed Instructor of Pathology. In 1933, Dr. Soule was appointed attending Radiologist at the Mary Fletcher Hospital
and the Bishop Degoesbriand Hospital as well. Except for a year of residency training in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the time Dr. Soule served in World War II, he remained on the University of Vermont faculty for almost 54 years.Of all of Dr. Soule’s professional accomplishments, he is perhaps best known for his role in preserving the College of Medicine. In 1935, the AMA Council on Medical Education dropped an academic bombshell on the College. Following an
accreditation visit, it was cited for a number of serious academic deficiencies and was placed on probation. The following year, the Association of American Medical Colleges joined the AMA in placing the College of Medicine on probation for similar
reasons. At the time, the Dean did not accept the gravity of the situation so the faculty assumed the initiative of reorganizing the College of Medicine. In 1937, Dr. Soule was appointed to a three-member committee, along with Dr. Hiram Buttles and
Dr. C.F. Whitney, and charged with assessing the situation and correcting the deficiencies. The most formidable task facing the committee was that of strengthening the full-time faculty, particularly in the basic sciences. They also needed to improve
the clinical base of the College, reorganize the curriculum, and strengthen the entrance requirements. Dr. Soule was a leader in all of these endeavors, particularly in recruiting full-time faculty staff. He was also the committee’s “leg
man”, attending meetings of the AMA and Association of American Medical Colleges to demonstrate that the College was making progress. Just six months after their appointment, the Committee had completed all of its tasks of reorganizing the College
and was discharged. Less than a week later, the Dean of the College of Medicine died and, because it was felt unwise to recruit a new dean while still on probation, the Committee was reconstituted. Thus, Dr. Soule and his colleagues assumed leadership
of the College of Medicine until it was removed from academic probation and a new dean was appointed. Several times over the years, the College of Medicine tried to persuade Dr. Soule to officially assume Deanship but he reluctantly refused, citing
it was “right for the University and for himself”.During his time with the College of Medicine, Dr. Soule also participated in such key developments as the construction of modern facilities, the merger of the Hospitals, the
development of practice groups, and the development of full-time faculty. By creating his own practice group in Radiology, Dr. Soule led the way in demonstrating how such an organization could strengthen academic programs. This led to the formation
of full-time practice groups in Pathology and Psychiatry, and then the other major clinical disciplines. Throughout these difficult times of change and negotiation, Dr. Soule also continuously supported the growth of full-time clinical faculty. This
in turn led to the creation of the University Health Center.While Dr. Soule is recognized as a leader in the administration of College of Medicine, he was also celebrated as superb teacher as well. It was noted that Dr. Soule knew every
member of the more than fifty medical classes at the time; and, moreover, he taught almost every single one of them. For years, Dr. Soule served as yearbook advisor and the students voted him Teacher of the Year in 1964. In 1971, Dr. Soule became
Professor Emeritus but on a part-time basis. He continued to teach students and assumed the position as Director of Alumni Affairs in the Dean’s Office. He served in these roles until right before his death in 1983.Throughout his
life, Dr. A. Bradley Soule underplayed his role in transforming the College of Medicine. He was a major leader in its growth and reorganization at a time when it risked losing accreditation. Many Deans relied on Dr. Soule for insight and advice on
issues facing the College. The College of Medicine would perhaps not exist today if it were not for Dr. Soule’s leadership.The A. Bradley Soule Award is presented to an alumnus/a whose loyalty and dedication to the College of Medicine
most emulate those qualities as found in the award's first recipient, A. Bradley Soule, M.D.'28.Submit a nomination
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In grade school, Betsy Sussman, M.D.’81, was inspired to study medicine after reading a biography of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate medical school in the U.S. in 1849. A Burlington, Vt., native, Dr. Sussman was also encouraged
on this path by her father, Joe Sussman. Although he did not attend college, he had great respect for his brother, Ralph Sussman, M.D.‘38, a local pediatrician and founder of the Century Club of the UVM Medical Alumni Association.
After training in internal medicine and diagnostic radiology in Rochester, N.Y., Dr. Sussman returned to Vermont in 1987 as a body imaging fellow in radiology. Encouraged by her mentor, Dr. John Tampas, she never left. She started as assistant professor
in 1988, rising through the ranks to associate professor in 1994 and professor in 2001. Her interest in women’s imaging led to dual appointments in radiology and obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Sussman has enjoyed teaching, serving on many local
and national committees and volunteering on federal Indian reservations. She has joined classmate Peter Millard, M.D.’81, to teach ultrasound to medical students attending the Catholic University of Mozambique and has worked with her mentor,
Kristen Destigter, M.D., on Imaging the World scanning protocols in obstetric and breast ultrasound to improve healthcare in developing countries.
Dr. Sussman always emphasizes the importance of work/life balance to new physicians. When in medical school, she attended a panel that included Marga Sproul, M.D.’76. As a young attending physician with a family, Dr. Sproul spoke about how although
she could not always read the latest journal articles when they came out, she managed to keep up and provide great care to her patients and her family. At the time, this was a revelation to Dr. Sussman. She has since mentored residents and medical
students to choose a specialty they love and to do the best they can to achieve a healthy work/life balance.
Dr. Sussman feels humor and curiosity have served her well in her career. After looking up Elizabeth Blackwell for this bio, it came to light that Dr. Blackwell had befriended Florence Nightingale. Dr. Blackwell was interested in educating women to be
physicians and nurses. Ms. Nightingale believed women should only be educated as nurses, causing a fallout between the two friends. Wouldn’t both of these famous women of medicine be surprised to know that just over half of all medical students
in the U.S. today are women? Dr. Sussman is so grateful for the opportunity to have had a fulfilling career, which started and continues at the Larner College of Medicine with so many teachers and mentors along the way. One of her greatest joys is
when one of her students achieves success which surpasses her own.
Frederick Mandell, M.D. ’64 is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and a Senior Associate in Medicine, Children’s Hospital, Boston.
Dr. Mandell remembers a premedical student asking him, “What does it mean to be a doctor?” He said he tried to explain: “To be a doctor,” he said, “in the true sense of the word, is to use that almost mystical combination
of science and a kind heart to make decisions; to give ear to the voice of the patient and to respond to those who call out to us. That is what gives doctors the thumping heart, to believe in what they have to do. This was the signature of my medical
school”, he said, “and that was the roll of the drums that set me off.”
Dr. Mandell went to medical school wanting to be a surgeon. He left as a pediatrician under the guiding hand of his UVM mentor Dr. Jerry Lucey. While serving as a pediatric resident at Children’s Hospital, Boston, Dr. Mandell began his interest
in the underserved, caring for children of Boston’s Romani community. Following residency Dr. Mandell was invited to join the medical staff at Children’s Hospital, Boston, and received an appointment at Harvard Medical School.
When asked, “Why did my baby die?” Dr. Mandell, attempting to answer the question, he entered the research community, founded the Massachusetts Center for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(SIDS) and became Vice Chairman of the National SIDS
SIDS rates were the highest in the world among the Native American Tribes and Dr. Mandell was a part of the American Academy of Pediatric’s and Indian Health Service’s research teams to investigate the possible causes on the various Reservations.
Dr. Mandell has continued his commitment to the health needs of The Tribal Nations and has worked with the Lakota Sioux for over twenty years. At the Kicking Bear PowWow he was presented with their highest award, the Eagle Feather.
His continued interest in native peoples led him to the high mountains of Peru, to work with the Chacahpoya Indians and the Huaorani people in the Amazon. He worked with Project Hope to build a Children’s Hospital in Pudong, China and he was honored
by the Boston Chasidic Community with their Award for Humanitarian Service. Dr. Mandell’s regard for the underserved has been uninterrupted and at the present time he is providing pediatric care to children at a rural clinic in Nicaragua.
Dr. Mandell has devoted his life to the care of children and has valued the treasures of clinical practice. He continues to fulfill his dream as a physician with professional quality and integrity and as a human being with a listening heart and high ideals.
As an honored teacher he has been resolute in his desire to share knowledge and experience.
The University of Vermont presented Dr.Mandell with “The Lifetime Achievement Award” and the Larner College of Medicine honored him with the alumni award for “Service to the Community.” Harvard Medical School awarded him
the “Dean’s Lifetime Achievement Award.” In his hometown, he was the recipient of their “Native Son Award.” He served as President of the College of Medicine’s Alumni Executive Committee. Dr. Mandell has authored
numerous scientific papers, served as editor of Pediatric Alert, and published three works of historic fiction.
Dr. Mandell concluded, “Over the years I have learned more than I have given. The medicine men I have met have influenced my life in their wisdom and their understanding of disease and cures. Their poignant message transcends culture and has been
what I had been taught at the beginning of my medical life as a student at The College of Medicine, “Every person you touch has a soul.”
As associate dean of admissions, Janice Gallant, M.D.’89, has helped to welcome hundreds of students to the UVM Larner College of Medicine over the past 13 years. Her energy and enthusiasm for this work has helped to create a diverse and robust
admissions committee as well as a holistic admissions process, that has become an example for peer institutions.
Dr. Gallant joined the UVM faculty as an assistant professor of radiology in 1996, and was promoted to associate professor of radiology and pediatrics in 2003. She became associate dean of admissions in 2006, after serving on the admissions committee
since 2001. She is a current member of the Alumni Executive Committee through 2021. She has earned numerous teaching awards from medical students and residents, including Clinical Teacher of the Year twice, Pediatric Teacher of the Year twice, and
the 2006 American Medical Women’s Association Gender Equity Award. Not only is Dr. Gallant an outstanding physician and teacher, she’s also a musician. She attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she studied piano
Her inspiration and achievements in Admissions has come from her diverse and broad health care experience. After working for 9 years as a Physician Assistant in Ob-Gyn at UVMMC she obtained her MD degree from the UVM Larner College of Medicine in 1989
and completed a two year fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. She worked for over 10 years as director of pediatric radiology in the department of radiology at UVMMC, working with a pediatric team caring for families and patients of all
ages which was her passion and lifelong dream. It is these experiences which led to her success in transforming the LCOM admission process. With an innovative and courageous team approach, she has worked closely with 140 MMI Interviewers consisting
of faculty, staff, community leaders and students, a 15 member Admissions Committee and a large number of volunteers to share a vision for and create a competency based and data driven admissions process which could best serve the UVM Larner College
of Medicine and ultimately the care of patients in every community throughout the world.
Her dedication to the College has inspired countless medical students to choose UVM for their medical education and to stay connected to their alma mater.
H. James Wallace, III, ’83, M.D. ’88 remembers following his father (H. James Wallace Jr., ’54, M.D. ’58) rounding at the Mary Fletcher and Bishop Degoesbriand hospitals in the 1960s and can’t remember a time that he did
not want to be a doctor. His father instilled in him a sense of honor in being part of peoples’ lives when they were most vulnerable and the importance of being a person while being a doctor. These ideals have led Dr. Wallace through his
career, informing his work with – and inspiring – patients, students, colleagues, and fellow alumni.After completing training and working in private practice in a few locations, Dr. Wallace arrived back in Burlington in 2000
and over the last 18 years has led the Division of Radiation Oncology, helping integrate the group into the University of Vermont Health Network Medical Group in 2011. He is a member of the UVM Cancer Center leadership team, is the Executive Director
for the Lake Champlain Cancer Research Organization and holds numerous roles on cancer related committees. He is also currently the physician leader for the Patient and Family Centered Care initiative.Asked by John Tampas, M.D. ’54
to become more involved in the Medical Alumni Association, Dr. Wallace agreed, serving on the Alumni Executive Committee from 2003 to 2016 and eventually becoming President of the Medical Alumni Association from 2014 to 2016. He is a class agent for
the class of 1988.In addition to his success as a physician and his leadership among alumni, this award recognizes the compassionate, expert care that Dr. Wallace provides every day to his patients and their families, as well as the inspiration
he provides to his students. Dr. Wallace’s commitment to the values instilled in him by his father, the knowledge he obtained at the College, and the respect for every person he meets combine to create a physician deserving of the A. Bradley
Watch the video of A. Bradley Soule Award recipient Jim Wallace, M.D. '88
Dr. Hebert arrived in Burlington as a freshman medical student in 1973 and has spent his entire career at the College of Medicine where he has supported the academic, teaching and clinical mission in many ways. Encouraged by his friend and mentor, Dr.
Richard Gamelli ’74, he stayed to do a residency in surgery and was subsequently hired as an assistant professor of surgery in 1982. He established a laboratory based on work he had done as a surgery senior major at UVM and was able to secure
NIH funding as a new investigator. A true general surgeon, Dr. Hebert was described by Dr. David Pilcher in his book Catamount Surgeons as “. . a jack-of-all-trades and master of many. He never refused and assignment” He maintains an active
surgical practice and has been the primary pancreatic surgeon for the past two decades. In 1983, Dr. Hebert was asked to represent the department at a newly formed organization, the Association for Surgical Education, where he developed a passion
for medical education. In 1997 he was appointed by Dr. Frymoyer to chair the Curriculum Task Force which developed the principles upon which the current Vermont Integrated Curriculum is now built. Dr. Hebert has served on many committees within the
College including the Admissions and Instructional Improvement Committees and has had many leadership positions at the College including Division Chief for General Surgery, Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Surgery, Program Director for
the Surgery Residency, and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official at Fletcher Health Care. Dr. Hebert was promoted to Professor in 1994 and in 2005 became the Albert G Mackay, M.D. ’32 and H. Gordon
Page, M.D. ’45 Professor of Surgery. He has been the recipient of the department’s teaching and service awards. Dr. Hebert has represented the College well in regional and national leadership roles. He served as Chair of the Residency
Review Committee (RRC) for Surgery, Chair of the Committee of Review Committee Chairs, and a member of the Board of Directors, including the Executive Committee, of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and currently is
a member of the ACGME-International Review Committee for Surgery and Hospital –Based Residencies. Dr. Hebert served as a Director of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and is now a senior examiner for the ABS. He served on many committees including
the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He is a past president of the Vermont Chapter of the ACS. Dr. Hebert was recently appointed by the ACS as editor of the Fundamentals of Surgery and Advanced Curriculum in Surgery. Dr.
Hebert served on a number of committees with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)/ United States Licensing Examination (USMLE) and is currently a member of the USMLE Step 2 Interdisciplinary Review Committee. He received the Distinguished
Service award from the NBME in 2005. Dr. Hebert is a past president of the Association for Surgical Education and the New England Surgical Society. He is currently the immediate past- president of the Vermont Medical Society and remains active on
the VMS executive council. Dr. Hebert has been an active member of the Medical Alumni Association as Class Agent and as a member of the Medical Alumni Executive Committee (MAEC) serving as president from 2010 to 2012. He continues his active and philanthropic
support of the college. He actively participates in reunion planning, and has served as co-host with John Tampas, M.D. ’54 for nostalgia hour for the past few years. He also serves on the UVM Foundation Leadership Council. Dr. Hebert received
the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award awarded by the MAEC in 2002.
Watch the video of A. Bradley Soule Award recipient James C. Hebert, M.D. '772016 A. Bradley Soule Award Recipient
As an alumnus and long-time faculty member at the UVM College of Medicine, Dr. Saia has supported his alma mater in countless ways, from his leadership positions with the Department of Family Medicine, to his teaching and mentoring of students and residents.
After receiving his M.D. in 1966, he interrupted his internal medicine residency in Rochester, New York, to serve in the U.S. Army as a Medical Officer (Captain) in Vietnam, receiving a bronze star and completing his service with the rank of Major.
He returned to the University of Vermont to finish his internal medicine residency training, then went into general practice in Waitsfield, Vt. Dr. Saia joined the University of Vermont College of Medicine faculty in 1980, and was promoted to Associate
Professor in 1987. Dr. Saia served as the residency program director for ten years, and then became director of the Family Medicine Clerkship for six years. During his academic career, he had the opportunity to influence the careers of literally thousands
of medical students, as well as dozens of family medicine residents. Many of these graduates currently practice in Vermont and around the country. Dr. Saia has also helped to shape medical education at the College through his role as director of the
Doctoring Skills course, and through serving on the steering committee for the Vermont Generalist Curriculum.Watch the video of A. Bradley Soule Award recipient John J. Saia, M.D. '66
Dr. Anton has been a loyal supporter and leader of the College of Medicine since his graduation in 1970. A devoted class agent since graduation, Dr. Anton served on the Medical Alumni Executive Committee from 1990 to 2004, and was its President from 2002
to 2004. He was also a member of the Medical Planned Giving Committee from 1999 to 2005. During his tenure as President of the UVM Medical Alumni Association, he was instrumental in making sure the Medical Alumni Association was inclusive of all graduates
of the College. John Tampas, M.D. ’54, Executive Secretary of the Alumni Executive Committee notes, “Dr. Anton pushed hard to make sure Ph.D.’s were included under the Medical Alumni Association umbrella.” With his fellow Medical
Alumni Executive Committee members, Dr. Anton was also intimately involved in the creation of the 21st Century Fund, a precursor to the COM Fund, which encouraged increased alumni support. Since completing his term as President of the Alumni Association
he has continued his involvement and philanthropic support of the College at the highest level, and is a member of the UVM Wilbur Society. In 1987, his strong family legacy contributed to his desire to create, along with his mother, Evelyn, the Harry
J. Anton, M.D. ’40 Memorial Fund at the College of Medicine in honor of his father, as well as the Harry J. Anton classroom. This well-funded endowment continues to be a valuable resource for the College to this day. In 2014, Dr. Anton significantly
added to the Harry J. Anton, M.D. ’40 Memorial Fund in honor of his 45th Reunion, a true testament to his commitment to the College. In addition to his services to UVM, Dr. Anton has served on numerous regional, state and national organizations
which include the presidency of the Anesthesia Section of the Massachusetts Medical Society, president of the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists, and served on the board of directors of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Anton
was also a member of the speaker’s bureau for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Anton continues to work full-time as an anesthesiologist in an outpatient surgical facility in Connecticut.
As a student, Dr. Howard was greatly influenced by Dr. A. Bradley Soule, Dr. John Tampas and the UVM Radiology Department. Thus, it was not surprising that after internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he continued on in Radiology at Walter Reed,
where in 1972 he was appointed Chief Resident. In 1974 he was Chief of Radiology at Kimbrough Hospital in Odenton, Maryland. In 1976 Dr. Howard joined Princeton Radiology Associates (PRA). In 1980 he was elected President and Managing
Partner of PRA, a position he held until 2009. During his tenure, he transformed PRA from a solely hospital-based practice to a primarily non-hospital based (independent) practice by building some of New Jersey’s largest outpatient facilities,
providing both diagnostic and therapeutic Radiology services. In the late 80s he built the Princeton Physician’s Organization (PO) and Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) and served concurrently on the Board of Directors of both organizations
until 2009. He was instrumental in building RADCON (Radiology Consultants), a network of N.J. Radiology Groups. In 1999, Dr. Howard began building RadPharm (Radiology Pharmaceutical Research). After finalizing plans for a proton
radiation treatment center in September 2009, a $180 million project which opened in 2011, he retired. Dr. Howard’s commitment and service to the UVM College of Medicine includes twelve years as agent for the Class of 1969. In 1998, he
earned the Medical Alumni Association’s Service to Medicine & Community Award. From 1994 to 2006 he served on the college’s Medical Alumni Executive Committee (MAEC), becoming President from 2004 to 2006. During his membership
on the MAEC he and his wife created the Charles & Edith Howard Medical Alumni Association Challenge Scholarship. All four of his children attended either undergraduate and/or medical school at UVM. Since retiring in 2009, he donates
his time to "kitchen table medicine" guiding people through today's opaque health care system, operating a farm, repairing autos, and pursuing his passion for music. The Princeton Brass Band in which he plays 1st Baritone is the North American
Brass Band Champion, having won first place in the North American Brass Band Association's Championship Division competition in 2013.