Walter P. Cooke Award

John Bodkin, MD '76.

JOHN BODKIN, MD '76
A clinical assistant professor in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Bodkin has dedicated his career as a board-certificated family physician in Western New York. He has given countless hours to UB as a volunteer leader.

John Bodkin, MD ’76, has dedicated his 40-year career as a board-certificated family physician in Western New York. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1972 before studying medicine at UB. He completed the UB Family Medicine residency program at the former Deaconess Hospital in 1979, where he was chief resident, and has worked with Highgate Medical group since 1979.

He is clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and is affiliated with the American Academy of Family Physicians, the New York State Academy of Family Physicians and the Erie County Chapter of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians.

Bodkin has given countless hours as a UB volunteer leader. He is a member of the UB Medicine magazine editorial board and is an emeritus member of the Medical Alumni Association Board of Directors. He typically donates one day each week to help raise funds for the Western New York Medical Scholarship Fund, which he created. His efforts, intended to address the shortage of doctors in the area and the debt of local graduating medical students, has raised more than $4.8 million.

Walter P. Cooke Award

The Cooke Award recognizes notable meritorious contributions by non-alumni that influence the growth and improvement of UB, and inspire others to give their active interest and material support to the university.