Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Research

Tripartite Legacy Faculty Prize in Translational Science and Education

2017 Winner

Richard Pope

Richard Pope, MD Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology Solovy/Arthritis Research Society Professor

Pope’s lab studies the biology of macrophages in rheumatoid arthritis, specifically directed at defining the mechanisms that promote resistance to cell death or apoptosis. He began his career at Feinberg in 1985 and was named chief of the Division of Rheumatology in 1989. He held that position for 27 years. Pope received his medical degree from Loyola University, Chicago, and completed an internship and residency at Michael Reese Medical Center. It was while working with patients at Michael Reese that he first became interested in medical research. He completed his clinical fellowship at University of Washington Medical Center specializing in rheumatology. Aside from the work in his lab, Dr. Pope leads the Multidisciplinary Career Development Program (KL2), an NCATS-sponsored training grant supporting junior faculty in clinical and translational research. During his career he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and mentored dozens of scientists who now work in medical research institutions around the world.

The Legacy

The Tripartite Legacy Faculty Prize was established to commemorate the medical teaching legacies of Abraham Albert Hijmans van den Bergh, MD, Isadore Snapper, MD, Hans Popper, MD, Fenton Schaffner, MD, and Geoffrey Kent, MD, PhD. Each was a pioneer in medical research and education during the nineteenth or twentieth century. Each was the special mentor of a privileged successor. All passed between them a unique gift and educational legacy spanning nearly 100 years and several generations. European-born and educated, their lives were forever changed by the Holocaust and war; all but Hijmans van den Bergh reached the United States to continue their careers and briefly worked together at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. (Along with Feinberg graduate Augusta Webster MD, whose contributions are recognized by an endowment at Feinberg.) Through their prolific collaborations and publications, Drs. Snapper, Popper, Schaffner and Kent emerged as international leaders in the study of liver disease.

Dr. Kent later became closely associated with Northwestern University, serving as a professor and chief of Pathology for Northwestern Memorial Hospital and its affiliate hospitals during the 1970s. Today, the legacy of Dr. Kent and his predecessors continues to live and evolve within the excellent individuals teaching and conducting research at Feinberg.

Feinberg presents this honor annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in research that emphasizes translational approaches, teaching and mentoring and leadership. The award is sponsored and supported by the Office of the Dean and is made possible through the generous support of family members and friends of Dr. Geoffrey Kent.

Previous Winners

Previous winners of the Tripartite Legacy Faculty Prize include:

About the Prize

Feinberg presents the Tripartite Legacy Faculty Prize annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in research that emphasizes translational approaches, teaching and mentoring and leadership. The award is sponsored and supported by the Office of the Dean and is made possible through the generous support of family members and friends of Dr. Geoffrey Kent. 

Award & Honors

The Office of the Dean will honor the recipient with the presentation of the Tripartite Legacy Medal and inscription of his or her name on a plaque for recognition as a Tripartite Legacy Scholar in a central location at the medical school.