June 21, 2010 - By Margarita Gallardo
Recognition of dedication and excellence to graduate and medical education, patient care and teaching were honored with the annual faculty and student awards announced during the School of Medicine’s commencement ceremony on June 12.
Jennifer Raymond, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology, is the recipient of the School of Medicine Award for Graduate Teaching. The graduate awards recognize teaching excellence and exceptional impact in the graduate classroom and outstanding service on behalf of graduate students at the medical school. Recipients of the graduate education awards are chosen by medical faculty and MS and PhD students at the medical school.
The Stanford University School of Medicine Award for Outstanding Service to Graduate Students goes to John Huguenard, PhD, professor of neurology and neurological sciences. This award, voted on by all graduating MS and PhD students and by the medical faculty, recognizes remarkable and extraordinary service on behalf of medical school graduate students.
Three longtime awards created by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation are given each year for excellence in medical education and in clinical and preclinical teaching. This year’s Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Medical Education recognizes David Gaba, MD, professor of anesthesia.
The Arthur L. Bloomfield Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Clinical Medicine commemorates the late Arthur Bloomfield, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine from 1926 to 1954. Students in clinical training chose the recipients of these awards. This year’s winners are Yasser El-Sayed, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Paul Mohabir, MD, clinical assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine; and Tracy Rydel, MD, clinical professor of family and community medicine.
The Kaiser Foundation Award for Excellence in Preclinical Teaching was chosen by students in preclinical medicine. The recipients are Rita Popat, PhD, clinical assistant professor of epidemiology, Ellen Porzig, PhD, professor (teaching) of developmental biology, and Julie Theriot, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and of microbiology and immunology.
The Alwin C. Rambar-James B.D. Mark Award for Excellence in Patient Care 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 annual award was established in 1985 to honor the late Alwin Rambar, MD, a Chicago pediatrician long associated with the medical school and was renamed in 1997 to include James Mark, MD, a Stanford thoracic surgeon and professor emeritus who was also Rambar’s son-in-law. Philip Sunshine, MD, emeritus professor of pediatrics, was honored as this year’s recipient.
The Kaiser Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching was given to three faculty members — Craig Albanese, MD, professor of surgery; Rebecca Blankenburg, MD, clinical instructor of pediatrics; and Yvonne Karanas, MD, clinical assistant professor of surgery.
Bertha Chen, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is the recipient of the Franklin G. Ebaugh Jr. Award for Advising Medical Students. The award honors the late Franklin Ebaugh, MD, longtime associate dean for veteran’s affairs and chief of staff at the VA hospital. The recipient of the award, which recognizes dedication to service, was chosen by medical students and full-time faculty members.
Preetha Basaviah, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, is the recipient of 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 Lawrence Mathers, MD, PhD, professor ofpediatrics and of surgery, recognizes an individual who exemplifies the values and accomplishments of Mathers’ work and life.
Six residents were chosen to receive the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching. The award recognizes medical residents for their humanism and for exemplary teaching of medical students. This year’s recipients were Eva Delgado, MD (pediatrics), Marie Gonella, MD (neurology), Marie Holzapfel, MD (obstetrics and gynecology), Tom Nguyen, MD (surgery), Margie Teng, MD (emergency medicine), and Shirin Zarafshar, MD (medicine).
Rebecca Rakow-Penner is the recipient of the Norman Blank Award, given by the Department of Radiology in recognition of outstanding performance in radiology or radiology research. The award was created in memory of longtime faculty member and admissions director Norman Blank, MD. Rakow-Penner has an exceptional interest in developing and applying imaging research to human health care, and has been pursuing a concurrent PhD in biophysics and an MD, with a specialization of radiology.
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