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Schmidt and Boustani named finalists in the Indianapolis Business Journal "Health Care Hero" awards

Mar. 7, 2013

Two IU School of Medicine faculty members have been named Indianapolis Business Journal “Health Care Hero” finalists.

Now in its 13th year, the IBJ's prestigious Health Care Heroes awards program solicits nominations from the public in the following five categories: Community Achievement in Health Care, Advancements in Health Care, Physician, Non-Physician and Volunteer. Winners were chosen by a judging committee comprising people from all facets of health care.

C. Max Schmidt

C. Max Schmidt, Ph.D., associate professor in the Departments of Surgery and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and director of the Pancreatic Cyst and Early Detection Center at IU Health.

C. Max Schmidt, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the Departments of Surgery and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was honored in the “Advancements in Health Care” category, which recognizes a company or individual primarily responsible for a scientific discovery or for development of a new procedure, device or service that can save lives or improve quality of life for a large number of people.

Dr. Schmidt serves as director of the Pancreatic Cyst and Early Detection Center at IU Health, which identifies and treats patients at risk for pancreatic cancer using biomarkers to differentiate malignant cysts from those unlikely to develop into the disease. (About 20 to 30 percent of pancreatic cysts will develop into cancer.) This includes a discovery by Dr. Schmidt’s lab of a biomarker that can identify benign cysts “with near 100-percent certainty.”

He also aims to use patient information from the Regenstrief Institute to identify at-risk patients and create an interface that notifies their primary care physicians about “red flags.” This system will serve as a model for a nationwide informatics-based pancreatic cancer prevention program.

In addition, Dr. Schmidt also heads B9, an IU startup company, created to identify and market biomarkers.

Malaz Boustani

Malaz Boustani, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine, associate director of the IU Center for Aging Research and director of the Healthy Aging Brain Center at Wishard Health Services

Malaz Boustani, M.D., an associate professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine, was honored in the “Physician” category, which honors a physician whose performance on the job is considered exemplary by patients and peers.

Dr. Boustani devotes his work to improving the care of older adults with dementia and delirium in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

In addition to his role as director of the Wishard Healthy Aging Brain Center, which he co-founded in 2008, he also serves as. Enabled by $7.8 million he received from a Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Award in 2011, his efforts have also been the driving force behind the Healthy Aging Brain Center’s expansion into 11 primary care health centers.

Dr. Boustani also serves as director of the Healthy Aging Brain Center at Wishard Health Services, associate director of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, chief research officer of the Indianapolis Discovery Network for Dementia and an investigator with the Regenstrief Institute. He is also the current president of the American Delirium Society.

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