Stars of Stanford Medicine

Hosna Omarzad


Stanford Child Health Research Institute
Stanford School of Medicine

Hosna Omarzad, program coordinator for the Stanford Child Health Research Institute (CHRI), has received the Department of Pediatrics' 2018 Donna Schurr Spirit Award.

This award honors a staff member for their outstanding performance, consistent dedication, initiative, motivation, positive attitude, and exemplary customer service. It was presented at the Annual Pediatrics Awards Day on June 8 at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Auditorium.

Omarzad was nominated by the CHRI Review Panel Chairs for her exceptional work contributions. “We cannot think of a better person who embodies the spirit of the Donna Schurr [award] more than Hosna,” the nomination letter for Omarzad noted. “She consistently shows outstanding performance, having recently received a Personal Victory Award for her work on the RedCap reviewer and application system. Hosna consistently takes initiative to improve the reviewer and applicant experience through her technical knowledge and a deep understanding of the review process.”

Hard work and creativity

Omarzad has been with Stanford University for more than three years. In her current role as the program coordinator for the CHRI, she oversees the Institute’s pre-award research administration, including funding announcements and applications management and review. She coordinates 12 groups of review panels, over 100 reviewers, and a large intake of applications each cycle totaling up to $8M worth of funding per year, a complex task that she embraces with the utmost dedication, her nominators commented.

“She’s a tremendous asset to our team,” said Grant Wells, CHRI’s program manager. “The CHRI runs like a well-oiled machine thanks to her hard work and creativity.”


The Donna Schurr Spirit Award was given to Ms. Hosna Omarzad at the Annual Pediatrics Awards Day at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Auditorium (Photo credit: Stanford Department of Pediatrics)