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Wake Forest Medical Alumni Association Honors Five

The Medical Alumni Association (MAA) of Wake Forest School of Medicine has presented its annual awards to distinguished alumni. Honored at the organization’s fall meeting were:

  • Richard E. Bird, M.D. ’65, and W. Harold Newman, M.D. ’56, Distinguished Achievement Awards;
  • Marcus M. Gulley, M.D. ’51, Distinguished Faculty Award; and
  • Thomas D. Long, M.D. ’52, and Samuel A. Sue, M.D. ’56, Distinguished Service Awards.

Bird, a native of Ithaca, N.Y., practiced in Charlotte, N.C., from 1971-2013. His academic appointments have included clinical assistant professorships in radiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Bird’s accomplishments include designing breast imaging programs at Carolinas Medical Center and Presbyterian Health Care in Charlotte, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., and Wake Radiology in Raleigh, N.C.

He established multi-disciplinary breast cancer programs at Carolinas Medical Center and Presbyterian Health Care. He has been a fellow in the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging.

Newman, a specialist in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, spent his career serving Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and Highsmith-Rainey Memorial Hospital in Fayetteville, N.C., before retiring in 1990.

A 1952 graduate of Wake Forest University, he is a member of the board of trustees at Mars Hill College and was the 2009 recipient of the North Carolina Baptist Heritage Award.

Newman served on 22 international medical mission trips to Brazil, Gaza, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria, Thailand and Zimbabwe. In retirement, he became a painter. His portraits of Thurman Kitchin, M.D., and Howard Holt Bradshaw, M.D., are displayed at Wake Forest Baptist.

Gulley earned his undergraduate degree in 1947 from Wake Forest. He completed an internship in Philadelphia at Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a residency at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, and served as chief resident in psychiatry at Graylyn Hospital in Winston-Salem from 1955-56.

Gulley joined the Wake Forest School of Medicine faculty in 1958 in general adult psychiatry. In 1976, he received the MAA Distinguished Lecturer Award. As associate professor emeritus, he continues to see patients through the Homeless Opportunities and Treatment (HOT) Project. The HOT Project, offered through Wake Forest Baptist’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and community partner organizations, provides free behavioral health care to the area’s homeless population.

Long, an internal medicine specialist in Roxboro, N.C., received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest in 1949 before earning his M.D. After receiving his medical degree, Long completed residencies and fellowships at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia and at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center before returning to (then) North Carolina Baptist Hospital to finish his training.

Long has been active in the Roxboro Baptist Church and in his community, where he was District Governor of Rotary International for District 771. In 1959, he joined the North Carolina Baptist Hospital Board of Trustees, where he holds the board’s record for longest service.

Sue is a former clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Wake Forest School of Medicine. He graduated from Wake Forest in 1952 before attending medical school. He has been active on the MAA Board and established the Class of 1956 Scholarship Fund at the School of Medicine.

In 2002, Sue retired from the orthopaedic surgery practice he had begun at Greensboro Orthopaedic Center in 1962. After retirement, he served as medical director at Lorillard Corp. and as an orthopaedic consultant for Western Rockingham Family Medicine in Madison, N.C.

Sue was vice president of the North Carolina Orthopedic Association and served on the boards of Wesley Long Hospital, the American Red Cross and the Greensboro Cerebral Palsy Society.

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