Awards honor exceptional work in education, patient care

A number of faculty members, students, trainees, staff and affiliated staff won awards for dedication to and excellence in graduate and medical education, patient care and teaching.

At the School of Medicine’s commencement June 14, more than three dozen faculty members, students, trainees, staff and affiliated staff were recognized for dedication to and excellence in graduate and medical education, patient care and teaching.

David Svec, MD, clinical instructor of medicine; Leslie Lee, MD, clinical associate professor of neurology and neurological sciences; and Tracy Rydel, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine were honored with the Arthur L. Bloomfield Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Clinical Medicine. The award commemorates the late Bloomfield, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine from 1926- 54. Students in clinical training chose the award recipients.

Douglas Fredrick, MD, clinical professor of ophthalmology, received the Franklin G. Ebaugh Jr. Award for Advising Medical Students. The award honors the late Ebaugh, MD, longtime associate dean for veterans affairs and chief of staff at the Palo Alto VA. Frederick was chosen by medical students and full-time faculty members.

Marina Basina, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine, was honored with the Alwin C. Rambar-James B.D. Mark Award for Excellence in Patient Care, which recognizes a member of the medical faculty for compassion in working with patients and their families, excellence in providing medical treatment, and effectiveness and pleasantness in interactions with patient-care staff. The award was established in 1985 to honor the late Rambar, MD, a Chicago pediatrician long associated with the medical school, and was renamed in 1997 to include Mark, MD, a Stanford thoracic surgeon and professor emeritus who was Rambar’s son-in-law.

Gilbert Chu, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and of biochemistry, received the Lawrence H. Mathers Award for Exceptional Commitment to Teaching and Active Involvement in Medical Student Education. The award, which was created in memory of the late Mathers, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics and of surgery, recognizes an individual who exemplifies the values and accomplishments of Mathers’ work and life.

James Lau, MD, clinical associate professor of surgery, received the Learning Environment Faculty Award.

Madika Bryant, education manager at the School of Medicine, received the Medical Education Service Award.

Donald Regula, MD, professor of pathology, was recognized with the  Outstanding Service to Medical Education Award.

Jennifer Andrews, MD, clinical assistant professor of pathology and of pediatrics, received the Outstanding Lecture/Presentation Award.

 Malika Kheraj, MD, received the Outstanding Community Clinic Preceptor-Preclerkship Instruction Award.

Audrey Kuang, MD, received the Outstanding Community Clinic Preceptor-Clinical Instruction Award.

Mariko Bennett, an MD/PhD student, received the Teaching Assistant Award.

Faculty awards in graduation education

Miriam Goodman, PhD, associate professor of molecular and cellular physiology; Tim Stearns, PhD, professor of genetics; Aaron Straight, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry; Tom Clandinin, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology; Theodore Jardetzky, PhD, professor of structural biology; Sheri Krams, PhD, associate professor of surgery; David Schneider, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology; Tom Wandless, PhD, associate professor of chemical and systems biology; Gavin Sherlock, PhD, associate professor of genetics; Max Nachury, PhD, assistant professor of molecular and cellular physiology; Margaret Fuller, MD, professor of genetics; and David Kingsley, PhD, professor of developmental biology earned the Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of their group effort to develop and implement an innovative and closely mentored experience for PhD students as they entered their training in the biosciences.

John Boothroyd, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology; Russ Altman, MD, PhD, professor of bioengineering, of genetics and of medicine; Olivia Martinez, PhD, professor of surgery; and James Nelson, professor of molecular and cellular physiology were honored with the Excellence in Mentoring Award, which recognizes faculty who made distinguished contributions to enhancing the quality of training and the mentoring experiences for biosciences graduate students.

Anthony Ricci, PhD, professor of otolaryngology; Mary Beth Mudgett, PhD, associate professor of biology; and Jennifer Raymond, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology received the Excellence in Diversity Award, which recognizes faculty who made distinguished contributions toward enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion across the biosciences.

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation awards

Errol Ozdalaga, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine, earned the Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Medical Education.

James Fann, MD, professor of cardiothoracic surgery; Safwan Jaradeh, MD, professor of neurology and neurological sciences; and James Lau, MD, clinical associate professor of surgery, received the Kaiser Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching.

Eric Strong, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine; Jonathan Bernstein, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics; and Christopher Gonzalez, MD, clinical assistant professor of pathology, earned the Kaiser Foundation Award for Excellence in Preclinical Teaching.

Gold Foundation Award

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching recognizes medical residents for their humanism and for exemplary teaching of medical students. This year’s recipients were Cara Liebert, MD, surgery; Jon Gerry, MD, surgery; Wendy Caceres, MD, internal medicine; Chad McCarthy, MD, pediatrics; Lindsay Wheeler, MD, obstetrics and gynecology; and Louise Wen, MD, anesthesia.



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