College of Medicine Distinguished Alumni: Arthur Evans, III, MD

evans alumniEach year the College of Medicine Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni though the Distinguished Alumni Awards. The award recognizes MD graduates of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for achievements in the areas of basic research, education, clinical care, health service administration, and public and/or civic duties.

This year’s winners, Arthur Evans, III, MD, Sheldon Greenfield, MD, Clarice Reid, MD, were recognized at the 2014 Reunion, held April 10-13.

Between completing his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1974 and returning to lead the department in 2007, Arthur Evans, III, MD, built an accomplished career in obstetrics and gynecology.

A clinician, teacher and researcher, he is known for his collaborative spirit at the College of Medicine, where he serves as professor and chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology.

After studying at Harvard University for his undergraduate degree, Evans attended the UC College of Medicine during the tenure of his father, Arthur Evans Jr., MD. Evans Jr. was then professor of surgery and head of the division of urology, positions he held from 1963 until 1984.

After graduation, Evans III traveled west for his clinical training, completing an internal medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, before conducting a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of California, Davis.

Early in his career, Evan’s peers and teachers recognized his talents. Both the Mayo Clinic and the University of California Irvine named Evans “Teacher of the Year”—the Mayo Clinic in 1981 and the University of California Irvine twice in a row, in 1985 and 1986.

He would continue to advance through the ranks of academic medicine before returning to UC, holding faculty appointments and leadership roles at Eastern Virginia Medical School, the University of Kentucky and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. In Kentucky and Eastern Virginia, he served as director of maternal-fetal medicine.

In Texas, Evans spent five years at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock. From 2003 to 2007, he held the Robert H. Messer, MD, Endowed Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology and served as chief of obstetrics and gynecology at the University Medical Center.

Throughout his career, Evans has contributed to our understanding of the management of gestational diabetes and high-risk pregnancies, contributing 44 publications, chapters and abstracts to scientific literature, publishing four books and conducting 74 presentations since 1992.

He devotes his current scholarly activity to interdisciplinary research benefiting women’s health and producing the next generation of academic physicians.

Back at UC, Evans remains a leader—not just in his department, but for our university and health system. He has volunteered countless hours toward organizational improvement and patient safety, serving on the UC College of Medicine Council, the UC Health Quality, Safety and Service Council, the hospital’s OB safety committee and on the Executive Committee of the Medical Center Fund of Cincinnati and UC Physicians.

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