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Heritage Foundation

Philip M. Farrell, M.D., Ph.D.

2007 Heritage Foundation Award Winner

Former Dean for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Receives Clinic’s Heritage Award

Marshfield Clinic’s 10th Heritage Foundation Award has been presented to Philip M. Farrell, M.D., Ph.D., former dean, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

The award, presented at a Heritage Foundation program September 27 in the Froehlke Auditorium, honors outstanding contributions to the community in government, civic leadership, education, medicine, law or business.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Farell joined the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in August 1977. He practiced medicine as a specialist in pediatric pulmonology with a clinical and research interest in cystic fibrosis. He was dean of the School of Medicine from 1995-2006 and helped transform the UW Medical School to the School of Medicine and Public Health in November 2005.

Marshfield Clinic Executive Director Reed E. Hall, master of ceremonies, explained that “the Heritage Foundation Award honors people who have had a substantial impact on the state of Wisconsin. Dr. Farrell’s long and outstanding history of service to his patients, his community and to improving the lives of people throughout the state, nation and world exemplifies the excellence this award was created to recognize.”

Dr. Farrell supported “The Wisconsin Idea” of sharing the University’s resources throughout the state by developing a statewide medical campus. As dean, he was instrumental in enhancing a closer working relationship between the Medical School and Marshfield Clinic, including the designation of the Clinic as the Marshfield Clinic Academic Campus of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health this year.

Other event speakers included:

  • Robert N. Golden, M.D., dean, UW School of Medicine and Public Health and vice chancellor of Medical Affairs, UW-Madison
  • Dennis Maki, M.D., an Edgar native who worked with Clinic physicians including Drs. Ben Lawton, George Magnin and Russell Lewis while he was in medical school at the UW; joined the UW faculty in 1974; and now serves on Marshfield Clinic’s National Advisory Council.
  • Mark Lefebvre, vice president for Health Services, UW Foundation, who was instrumental in raising funds for the new Medical School.
  • Pat Remington, M.D., who served in the state’s Department of Health and Department of Population Health Sciences at UW-Madison; and is now director of the newly-established master of public health program within the School of Medicine and Public Health.

Marshfield Clinic President Karl Ulrich, M.D., M.M.M., presented the award, noting Farrell’s vision for the future of health care in Wisconsin. He acknowledged the dean for making significant contributions to making others’ lives better.

“Heritage Foundation award recipients have many great qualities in common, but one quality stands out beyond the rest,” Ulrich said. “Our Heritage Award recipients have an uncommon vision for the future. And at this time, we honor Dr. Phil Farrell for his vision, for his long-time relationship with Marshfield Clinic and for his contributions to the current and future well-being of Wisconsin.”

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