UPMC physician receives Japanese bilateral friendship award

The America-Japan Society named Jeannette South-Paul, MD, as the recipient of the second annual Kentaro Kaneko Award.

The Kentaro Kaneko Award is named after the organization's first president, Count Kentaro Kaneko, who helped broker a treaty to end the Russo-Japanese War in 1905. The award honors one American individual and one Japanese individual who have promoted grassroots exchanges between Japan and the U.S.

Dr. South-Paul serves as the Andrew W. Mathieson chair of the family medicine department at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, which is affiliated with Pittsburgh-based UPMC.

She and her colleagues have spent more than 10 years working with physicians in Japan to create a family residency program and family medicine health center in Japan.

An awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on Oct. 23 in Tokyo.

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