Gilman, Cox among faculty members honored for excellence in teaching

By Erin Prather Stafford

Dr. Alfred Gilman, executive vice president for academic affairs, provost and dean of
UT Southwestern Medical School, and Dr. Rody Cox, professor of internal medicine, were given the highest honors at the fourth annual Excellence in Education Awards ceremony and reception held on campus in October.

Dr. Gilman, who annually hosts the event, was surprised with the Basic Science Educator Award, and Dr. Cox was presented with the Distinguished Clinical Science Educator Award. Both awards are voted on by the faculty.

Dr. Daniel Podolsky (second from left), president of UT Southwestern, congratulates Dr. Alfred Gilman (left), Dr. Rody Cox and Dr. Susan Cox, who were among the honorees at the Excellence in Education awards ceremony and reception.

“Teaching is our most fundamental mission as a medical school, graduate school and health profession school,” said Dr. Gilman, who won the 1994 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his discovery of G proteins. “This is what we’re here for, but sometimes we get distracted.

“We obviously do other very important things. There is a frequent urgency for delivering clinical care and conducting important research. There are usually not teaching emergencies. And so we take this time to thank those and reward those who resist distractions and do a spectacular job with upholding our most fundamental mission.”

Following an address by Dr. Kenneth Shine, interim chancellor of the UT System, in the A.W. Harris Faculty and Alumni Center, honors were also bestowed by the medical school classes.

Socrates Award winners for outstanding clinical teaching, chosen by third- and fourth-year medical students, were Dr. Susan Cox, associate dean for medical education and professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. Howard Morgan, professor of neurological surgery; Dr. Barbara Hoffman, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. M. Elizabeth Brickner, associate professor of internal medicine; Dr. Angela Mihalic, associate professor of pediatrics; and Dr. J. Gregory Modrall, associate professor of surgery.

The Class of 2008 recognized six faculty members with awards for core clerkships — those that all medical students must take during their third and fourth years. Recognized by the medical students who graduated in May were, for acute care: Dr. Charles Rosenfeld, professor of pediatrics, and Dr. Darren McGuire, associate professor of internal medicine; for ambulatory care: Dr. Elizabeth Paulk, associate professor of internal medicine, and Dr. Mary Jane Pearson, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology; and for subinternships: Dr. Jennifer Cuthbert, professor of internal medicine, and Dr. Padmashri Rastogi, assistant professor of internal medicine.

Core clerkship teachers honored by the Class of 2009 were Dr. Roger Rosenberg and Dr. Worthy Warnack, professors of neurology; Dr. Lynn Mahony and Dr. Raymond Quigley, professors of pediatrics; Dr. Steven Bloom, professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. R. Ellwood Jones, professor of internal medicine; Dr. Scott Kinkade and Dr. Dan Sepdham, assistant professors of family and community medicine; Dr. Ugis Gruntmanis, associate professor of internal medicine; Dr. Clifford Wai, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. Mary Ellen Bret, assistant professor of psychiatry; Dr. John Quinn, associate professor of psychiatry; and Dr. Brett Arnoldo and Dr. Shelby Holt, associate professors of surgery.

Pre-Clinical Teaching Awards, selected by the Class of 2010, were presented to Dr. Ellen Vitetta, director of the Cancer Immunobiology Center; Dr. James Wagner, associate dean of student affairs and professor of internal medicine; Dr. Amit Pandya, professor of dermatology; Dr. David Khan and Dr. Daniel Foster, professors of internal medicine; Dr. Kyle Molberg, professor of pathology; Dr. Dennis Burns, professor of pathology; Dr. Michelle Gill, assistant professor of pediatrics; Dr. Dominick Cavuoti, assistant professor of pathology; Dr. Hari Raja, associate professor of internal medicine; Dr. Stephen Lacey, former assistant professor of internal medicine; and Dr. Gilman.

Pre-Clinical Teaching Awards voted on by the Class of 2011 went to Dr. Helen Hobbs, director of the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development; Dr. Woodring Wright, professor of cell biology; Dr. Biff Palmer, professor of internal medicine; Dr. George DeMartino, professor of physiology; Dr. Elliot Frohman, professor of neurology; Dr. Lawrence Lum, assistant professor of cell biology; Dr. Rohan Jeyarajah, assistant professor of surgery; Dr. Barry Botterman, associate professor of cell biology; Dr. Judith Head, associate professor of cell biology; Dr. Bruce Faust, clinical associate professor of orthopaedic surgery; Dr. Keith Tansey, assistant professor of neurology; and Dr. Burns.

The Kathryn Howe Muntz Award for Teaching in Anatomy, given to an instructor who has made the greatest contribution to the teaching of gross anatomy, went to Dr. John Phelan, adjunct associate professor of cell biology. The award is named after Dr. Muntz, an assistant professor who taught gross anatomy to first-year medical students.