From Russia with love: The 2021 recipient of the James E. Cottrell, M.D., Presidential Scholar Award is Alex Proekt, M.D., Ph.D. Alex’s meteoric rise to a newly tenured Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), will come as no surprise to those who know him. As a 13-yr-old, Alex moved with his parents and brother from St. Petersburg, Russia, to the United States. Alex’s STEM foundations were solidified at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), where he majored in biological sciences. Alex completed dual degree training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York, New York), receiving his M.D. and neuroscience Ph.D. degrees. Anesthesiology was fortunate to attract Alex. At Weill Cornell Medicine (New York, New York), Alex entered the Van Poznak combined anesthesiology research residency scholar’s track. Under the direction...

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