Abonour receives IU Bicentennial Medal for distinguished service

October 31, 2019

Rafat Abonour, MD, Harry and Edith Gladstein Professor of Cancer Research, recently received the IU Bicentennial Medal, awarded to individuals who have “broadened the reach of Indiana University around the state, nation and world.” With the help of the IU Grand Challenge initiative, Abonour, director of the multiple myeloma, Waldenstrom's disease and amyloidosis program at IU School of Medicine, and his colleagues are creating an infrastructure to research ways to prevent multiple myeloma and improved treatments for the disease.

IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, presented the medal to Abonour during a recent IU School of Medicine Faculty Steering Committee meeting.

“I am extremely honored to receive such a distinction and to take home a piece of IU history,” Abonour said. “I am very appreciative of the recognition, but even more appreciative of my colleagues and the school of medicine community, which is dedicated to honoring the life of every patient we touch.”

The Bicentennial Medal honors organizations and individuals for distinguished and distinctive service. The medals themselves are unique, made from materials salvaged from the old bells that hung in the student building on the IU Bloomington campus.