Who’s Who in the World 2010: Prof. dr. Herman Hariman, Ph.D

Adalah sebuah kehormatan bagi Prof. dr. Herman Hariman, Ph.D (England), ketika nama putra Sumatera Utara ini tercantum dalam buku “Who’s Who in the World 2010”. Sosok yang juga dikenal sebagai penulis buku “Improvisasi Jazz: Siapa Takut” ini mendapat kehormatan untuk kategori “Healthcare: Medicine”.

“Seperti diketahui, untuk dapat tercantum maka seseorang harus mempunyai kontribusi yang luar biasa (outstanding) dalam bidangnya, terlebih-lebih bagi orang Asia apalagi bagi orang Indonesia kesempatan ini sangat sangat jarang,” kata Herman Hariman, dosen pada S1, S2 dan S3 Fakultas Kedokteran, Universitas Sumatera Utara, juga konsultan haematologi R.S. H. Adam Malik, wakil kepala Departemen Patologi Klinik Fakultas Kedokteran Universitas Sumatera Utara, kepada Global akhir pekan lalu.

Beberapa nama orang terkenal tercatat kali ini masuk dalam “Who’s Who in the World 2010”, misalnya ialah Barrack Husein Obama Jr, President Amerika Serikat yang ke 44, Paus Benedictus XVI (nama asli Joseph Alois Ratzinger), Lee Hsien Loong perdana menteri Singapura, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad president Iran.

Sedangkan, dari kalangan seniman dan selebrities tercatat nama-nama seperti Andrea Bocelli penyanyi tenor dari Italia, David Copperfield sang illusionist, Sir Elton Hercules John (Reginald Kenneth Dwight) musisi, Andrew Llyoid Weber sang composer, Madonna (Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone) artis dan penyanyi, Oprah Winfrey presenter, Sir James Paul McCartney musisi dan anggota the Beatles, Joanne Kathleen Rowling (pengarang Harry Potter). Dari Indonesia, nama Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (presiden Republik Indonesia) juga tercatat di buku tersebut.

Lalu apa kontribusi Herman Hariman, yang juga penyandang penghargaan Satya Lencana Karya Satya dari presiden Republik Indonesia, sehingga namanya dapat terekam di buku yang diterbitkan Marquis Publisher tersebut? Herman Hariman telah banyak berkontribusi dalam bidang kedokteran yang hasil karyanya tercantum pada publisher-publisher di-luar negeri maupun dalam negeri dan juga terekspos di internet serta majalah-majalah kedokteran internasional.

Herman Hariman juga banyak mengabdikan diri pada kerja sosial untuk anak-anak yang menderita kanker (children cancer) hal ini terutama dilakukan dengan bekerjasama dengan Rotary Club sehingga membawanya menerima penghargaan Paul Harris Fellow Award, tahun 2008.

Salah satu yang tak dapat dipungkiri juga adalah kontribusi tulisan Herman Hariman dalam buku karangannya “Improvisasi Jazz; Siapa Takut”. Buku ini membuat Herman Hariman dianugerahi penghargaan MURI pada bulan Agustus 2008 yang diberikan langsung oleh bapak Jaya Suprana.

Penulisan hasil karya ilmiah mulai dirintis secara intensif sewaktu Herman Hariman memenangkan Grant dari Asian Development Bank ditahun 1985 yang membawanya menimba ilmu di Inggris untuk meraih gelar S3 yaitu Ph.D (Doctor of Philosophy) dalam bidang penyakit darah (haematology) dari University of Leeds di Yorkshire, England. Sejak saat itu, sejumlah karya tulisnya mulai diterbitkan dalam majalah kedokteran internasional.

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Tinsley Randolph Harrison

Tinsley Randolph Harrison

Tinsley Randolph Harrison (March 18, 1900 – August 4, 1978) was a US physician and editor of the first five editions of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine.

Harrison was born in Talladega, Alabama, on March 18, 1900. He was the son of Groce Harrison, himself a sixth-generation physician. Having graduated from high school at the age of 15, Harrison attended the University of Michigan, where he also completed one year of medical school before transferring to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the fall of 1919. His roommate and tennis partner at Johns Hopkins was Alfred Blalock, with whom he developed a close lifelong friendship. He completed his internship at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, returned to Hopkins for further training in internal medicine, and completed his residency at Vanderbilt University.

Harrison’s special field of interest was cardiovascular medicine as well as the pathophysiological mechanisms of disease. His name is best known among medical practitioners as the founding editor and editor-in-chief of the first five editions of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. The text initiated several unique approaches to medical textbook writing, and remains, in its current edition, one of the most widely read and regarded textbooks in medicine.

Harrison’s career included extensive work in research, publishing, medical education, and medical practice. He taught at Vanderbilt University’s school of medicine, at what was then the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and at what is today the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas.

Harrison spent the greatest part of his teaching career at the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM) in Birmingham, Alabama, where he served as Dean and chairman of the Department of Medicine. At UASOM, Harrison helped initiate a rapid period of growth that included recruitment of nationally known physicians from the faculties of such institutions as Harvard University and the Mayo Clinic. This period saw UASOM rise from local to international prominence. The Tinsley Harrison Research Tower at UASOM is named in his honor.

Harrison died in Birmingham at the age of 78.

Tinsley Harrison statue at Tinsley Harrison Research Tower, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Tinsley Harrison statue at Tinsley Harrison Research Tower, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine