Guyanese American Doctor Named “Rock Star of Science”

A Guyanese American medical doctor and researcher will be featured as “Rock Star of Science” in GQ Magazine. Dr. Frank L. Douglas, 67, won the honor after being nominated for the 2010 Rock Stars of Science distinction by the leaders of the R.A.R.E. Project. Douglas says the honor was unexpected, but “a thrill.”

The honor is in recognition of his decades of innovative research and development in the pharmaceutical industry. Douglas is founder and CEO of Austen BioInnovation Institute of Akron. Since joining ABIA in September 2009, Douglas has led an organization that is working to improve the health and economy of the region through an unmatched alignment of institutional, state, federal and philanthropic support.

Douglas will be featured along with Dr. Geraldine Dawson of “Autism Speaks,” Dr. Catriona Jamieson of the University of California, Dr. Emil Kakkis of the Kakkis EveryLife Foundation, and Rear Admiral Dr. Susan J. Blumenthal.

Douglas graduated from Lehigh University and received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution and a fellowship in neuroendocrinology at the National Institutes of Health. Douglas taught clinical pharmacology at the Pritzker School of Medicine before becoming a professor of practice at MIT and establishing the Center for Biomedical Innovation Management.

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