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Jung honored with mentoring award

By Ian Thomas
August 2011

from left to right, Staff Cmdr. Paul Jung, M.D., Rear Adm. Epifanio (Epi) Elizondo, Ph.D., and Capt. Lydia Soto-Torres, M.D.

Jung, left, is joined by are Rear Adm. Epifanio (Epi) Elizondo, Ph.D., HHS Region VI regional health administrator, center, and Capt. Lydia Soto-Torres, M.D., medical officer at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (right) during the award presentation. (Photo courtesy of Cmdr. David Lau)

In recognition of his exemplary work within the Asian Pacific American medical community, NIEHS Chief of Staff Cmdr. Paul Jung, M.D., was honored on June 22 with the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Asian Pacific American Officers' Committee RADM Samuel Lin Senior Officer Award at the 2011 Minority Officer Liaison Council (MOLC) awards ceremony in New Orleans. Held annually by the MOLC, the ceremony recognizes excellence on the part of individuals who continually strive to further the USPHS mission to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our nation.

“Reducing health disparities has been a long-standing priority for the [U.S.] Department of Health and Human Services [HHS],” Jung said. “I'm glad the committee has the opportunity to recognize officers who make the effort to contribute to the public's health in this way.”

Prior to his arrival at NIEHS in February 2010 (see related story(, Jung's previous assignments included details to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Peace Corps. As a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he completed residencies in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University and preventive medicine at Emory University. He earned his M.P.H. as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Johns Hopkins University.

(Ian Thomas is a writer/editor for the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison.)

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