A THOMASIAN doctor based in the United States has bagged the Outstanding Community Faculty Award of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Andrew Prieto, 42, took up biology as his pre-medical course in UST before proceeding to the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, where he graduated in 1991. He completed his internship in UST and had undergone six months of internal medicine residency at the Makati Medical Center.

In 1994, he went to Michigan to broaden his internal medicine residency, undergoing sub-specialty fellowship trainings in cardiology and interventional cardiology in the state university.

After completing his residency and fellowship trainings in 2001, Prieto decided to stay in Michigan for good. He has been teaching medical students, internal medicine residents, and cardiology fellows as an assistant professor at the Michigan State University’s Cardiology Division for the past six years.

“After several years I spent in finishing my training, I decided to stay here at Michigan State University to further develop my research and academic career,” Prieto said in an e-mail to Varsitarian.

The Outstanding Community Faculty Award is given to full-time, community-based faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and service.

Prieto said he felt privileged to receive the award.

“It was certainly an honor to be recognized for all my efforts,” he said. “It is really fulfilling to teach students, practice medicine, and conduct researches. Everything about my career is rewarding.”

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