Miller/VA Researcher Receives High Honors from Federal Executive Board

Herman S. Cheung, Ph.D., senior career research scientist at the Miami VA, made history as the first VA-based faculty member to receive both Employee of the Year (in the Scientific Category) and the Federal Employee of the Year award in the same year. Cheung was chosen for the honors from 165,000 federal employees in South Florida.

“To be recognized by the federal government for my scientific contribution and mentorship of my students and fellows is indeed the biggest honor in my career,” said Cheung, the James L. Knight Professor of Biomedical Engineering and professor of medicine and orthopaedics.

Presented at the South Florida Federal Executive Board’s 47th Annual Awards Luncheon on May 10, the awards recognize Cheung’s global impact on medicine and patient care.

An internationally renowned researcher, Cheung has been involved in adult stem cell research for the past decade. He is one of the original investigators who reported the isolation and characterization of pluripotent stem cells from human periodontal ligament. The cells are relatively easy to obtain, circumvent immunogenic rejection, and hold significant promise for advancement in the fields of regenerative dentistry and medicine.

On the day of the luncheon, Cheung also received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition signed by Florida Senator Bill Nelson in honor of his invaluable contribution to the state.

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