A pair of School of Medicine faculty members have earned prestigious awards for their contributions to their respective fields. Paul Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D., has been selected as one of Virginia's Outstanding Scientists for 2014, while David Cifu, M.D., will be honored as one of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia's (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Awardees for 2014.

More information about the recipients, as well as a handful of links to related news articles on their awards, can be found below:

Paul Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D.

Paul Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D.

One of just two researchers honored this year, Fisher was presented with his Virginia's Outstanding Scientist of 2014 award by Governor Terry McAuliffe in a ceremony held on Jan. 16. Fisher was selected for his work in the field of molecular biology — specifically his research on cancer development, progression and treatment — and its application to patient care.

In addition to serving as chair and a professor in the VCU Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, Fisher is also the director of the VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine and holds the Thelma Newmeyer Corman Chair in Cancer Research. He becomes the fourth Massey Cancer Center researcher selected for the commonwealth's Outstanding Scientist Award.

Sponsored by the Science Museum of Virginia, the Virginia Outstanding Scientist Award is an annual honor given to researchers whose work advances scientific knowledge and technology, and extends the boundaries of their chosen field.

News coverage of Fisher's Virginia's Outstanding Scientist Award

David Cifu, M.D.

David X. Cifu, M.D., talking with colleagues

Selected as one of 12 recipients of SCHEV's 2014 Outstanding Faculty awards, Cifu will be honored at an upcoming ceremony in the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond on Feb. 20. Cifu was selected for the award thanks to his contributions to the field of neurologic rehabilitation as well as his work with veterans — Cifu is the principal investigator overseeing a national research consortium study examining mild traumatic brain injuries in service members.

Cifu serves as chair and the Herman J. Flax Professor of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the executive director of VCU's Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering, and is the national director for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services for the Veterans Health Administration.

The SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards are the commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia's college and universities, both public and private — recognizing accomplishments in teaching, research and public service.

News coverage of Cifu’s Outstanding Faculty Award