GSBS Distinguished Alumnus Award

The GSBS Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented annually to a graduate who has made outstanding contributions in the area of service, involvement and leadership or has achieved special recognition in his or her professional career.  This is the highest honor bestowed to an alumnus by the GSBS Associates.

2022 Recipient
Adrian N. Billings, MD, PhD, FAAFP
Class of 1998 - Experimental Pathology Program

Billings, Adrian

Dr. Billings received his doctorate degree in experimental pathology from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 1998. He then went to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, to work in a biosafety level 4 lab on a hantavirus project infecting rats.  He returned to Texas in 1999 to attend medical school and graduated from UTMB in 2003. After residency training, Dr. Billings opened a federally qualified health center in Alpine, Texas and served as a solo private practice physician providing a full-spectrum family medicine with obstetrics and hospital coverage. He continues to provide medical care for underserved rural and frontier medical communities in west Texas. He is an associate professor of family and community medicine at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine - Permian Basin and was instrumental in establishing a two-year rural training track for family medicine residents. Dr. Billings is an advocate for rural health care at the state, national and international levels. He has been published in more than 15 peer reviewed journals, nine abstracts and has made more than 70 presentations during his career.


 Previous Distinguished Alumni Recipients

Name Program Class Year Award Year
Erle K. Adrian, MD, PhD Anatomy 1967 1982
Harvey Bunce III, PhD Preventive Medicine & Community Health 1978 2005
Adrian N. Billings, MD, PhD, FAAFP Experimental Pathology 1998 2022
Kenneth C. Carter, PhD Human Biological Chemistry & Genetics 1989 1999
Evelyn Tiffany Castiglioni, PhD Human Biological Chemistry & Genetics 1979 2002
Gilbert A. Castro, PhD Microbiology & Immunology 1966 1979
Thomas M. Crisp, PhD Anatomy 1966 1987
Jerry C. Daniels, MD, PhD Anatomy 1973 1990
Timothy L. Denning, PhD Microbiology & Immunology 2002 2020
Michael H. Droge, PhD Physiology & Biophysics 1982 2012
Richard W. Drummond, PhD Human Biological Chemistry & Genetics 1980 1997
Anthony Martin Gerdes, BS, PhD Anatomy 1978 2013
Burhan Ghanayem, PhD Pharmacology & Toxicology 1983 1998
William H. Griffith, III, PhD Pharmacology & Toxicology 1980 2014
Mary E. Guinan, MD, PhD Cellular Physiology & Molecular Biophysics 1969 2001
Melvin Hess, PhD* Anatomy 1952 1977
Jacob Paul Hieble, PhD Pharmacology & Toxicology 1977 1993
T.C. Hsu, PhD* Preventive Medicine & Community Health 1953 1996
George R. Jackson, MD, PhD   Human Biological Chemistry & Genetics 1993 2011
James H. Jorgensen, PhD Microbiology & Immunology 1973 2007
Samuel N. Kolmen, PhD* Cellular Physiology& Molecular Biophysics 1957 1981
Matthew M. LaVail, PhD Anatomy 1969 1984
Gailen Marshall, MD, PhD Human Biological Chemistry & Genetics 1979 2010
Faith McLellan, PhD Medical Humanities 1998 2009
Bettina Mittendorfer, PhD Preventive Medicine & Community Health 1999 2021
Mary Treinen Moslen, PhD Preventive Medicine & Community Health 1983 1984
Susan Lynn Naylor, PhD Human Biological Chemistry & Genetics 1977 1995
J. Arly Nelson, PhD Pharmacology & Toxicology 1970 1991
Anthony P. Nicholas, MD, PhD Anatomy 1987 2019
Joan E. Nichols, PhD Microbiology & Immunology 1999 2015
John M. Nickerson, PhD Human Biological Chemistry & Genetics 1980 2008
Leroy Olson, PhD* Preventive Medicine & Community Health 1957 1978
Slobodan Paessler, DVM, PhD Experimental Pathology 2007 2016
Ben G. Raimer, MA, MD Human Biological Chemistry & Genetics 1970 2003
Victor E. Reyes, MD, PhD Microbiology & Immunology 1987 2018
Cynthia Robbins-Roth, PhD Human Biological Chemistry & Genetics 1980 2006
William B. Stavinoha, PhD Pharmacology 1959 1980
Daniel L. Traber, PhD* Cellular Physiology & Molecular Biophysics 1965 1985
Fernando M. Trevino, PhD Preventive Medicine & Community Health 1979 2000
Robert G. Urban, PhD Microbiology & Immunology 1991 2004
Johan E. van Lier, PhD Biochemistry 1969 1983
Thomas W. Vickroy, PhD Pharmacology & Toxicology 1982 2017
Martin A. Wasserman, PhD Pharmacology & Toxicology 1972 1986
Joseph G. Wood, PhD* Anatomy 1962 1976


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