Dr. William E. Cunningham, professor of medicine and public health, died January 3, 2020. He was 60 years old. Dr. Cunningham was a national leader in studies designed to improve outcomes along the HIV-care continuum. He completed his residency training at UCLA and was selected into the 1991 cohort of the UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. He taught graduate-level courses on racial disparities and health, health-services organization and outcomes and effectiveness research. Dr. Cunningham was instrumental in mentoring hundreds of trainees, most of who were from underrepresented minority groups aspiring to enter the medical and/or public health professions.
Dr. Howard Ronald Kaback, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physiology and the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, died December 20, 2019. He was 83 years old. Dr. Kaback joined the UCLA faculty in 1989 as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and professor. Dr. Kaback’s contributions to science have been recognized by many honors and awards, including election to the National Academy of Sciences and as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, receipt of the Peter Mitchell Medal and delivery of the Harvey Lecture.