Richardson, Cox among many cited for excellence in teaching

By Erin Prather Stafford 

Dr. James Richardson, professor of pathology, and Dr. Sue Cox, associate dean for medical education and professor of obstetrics and gynecology, received the highest honors at the fifth annual Excellence in Education Awards ceremony and reception held at the A.W. Harris Faculty and Alumni Center in October.

Dr. J. Gregory Fitz, executive vice president for academic affairs, provost and dean of UT Southwestern Medical School, presented the Distinguished Basic Science Educator Award to Dr. Richardson and the Distinguished Clinical Science Educator Award to Dr. Cox.

All awards were voted on by the Teaching Awards Committee.

“We are spoiled at UT Southwestern by the extremely high educational standards of our faculty,” said Dr. Fitz. “Those recognized by these awards have distinguished themselves as the best of the best.”

Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky (right) and Dr. Gregory Fitz (second from left) congratulate Dr. Susan Cox and Dr. James Richardson, who were given the highest honors at the Excellence in Education Awards ceremony.

Pre-Clinical Teaching Awards for the Class of 2012 went to Dr. Richard Finn, professor of surgery; Dr. Alisa Winkler, assistant professor of cell biology; Dr. Bruce Elliston, assistant professor of family and community medicine; Dr. David Russell, professor of molecular genetics; Dr. James Amatruda, assistant professor of pediatrics; Dr. Ellen Vitetta, director of the Cancer Immunobiology Center; Dr. Judith Head, associate professor of cell biology; Dr. Stephen Cannon, chairman of neurology; Dr. Dennis Burns, professor of pathology; Dr. Lewis Waber, associate professor of pediatrics; Dr. Robert Reilly, professor of internal medicine; and Dr. James Stull, chairman of physiology.

Pre-Clinical Teaching Awards for the Class of 2011 went to Dr. Julie Champine, professor of radiology; Dr. James Wagner, associate dean for student affairs; Dr. Angela Mihalic, associate dean for student affairs; Dr. Dennis Burns, professor of pathology; Dr. Reade Quinton, assistant professor of pathology; Dr. Mark Swancutt, associate professor of microbiology; Dr. K. Voe Cotton and Dr. Joel Goodman, professor of pharmacology; and Dr. Richardson.

For the Class of 2009 four faculty members were recognized with awards for core clerkships that all medical students must take during their third and fourth years. Recognized were Dr. Myra Wyckoff, associate professor of pediatrics, for acute care; Dr. Paula Noe, assistant professor of internal medicine, for ambulatory care; and Dr. Amit Shah, assistant professor of internal medicine, and Dr. Jeanne Sheffield, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, both for subinternships.

Core clerkship teachers honored for the Class of 2010 were Dr. Dan Sepdham, assistant professor of family and community medicine; Dr. Hong Xiao, associate professor of family and community medicine; Dr. Irwin Kerber, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. Scott Roberts, professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. Amit Khera, assistant professor of internal medicine; Dr. Elizabeth Paulk, associate professor of internal medicine; Dr. Vineeta Mittal and Dr. Theresa Barton, assistant professors of pediatrics; Dr. Jonathan Weissler, professor of internal medicine; Dr. Mark Drazner, associate professor of internal medicine; Dr. L. Dennis “Nhan Trang” Le and Dr. Sidarth Wakhlu, assistant professors of psychiatry; Dr. Michael Dowling and Dr. Jose Aceves, assistant professors of pediatrics; and Dr. Sergio Huerta and Dr. John Mansour, assistant professors of surgery.

Faculty members elected this year to the UT Southwestern Academy of Teachers (SWAT) were Dr. Patricia Bergen, professor of surgery; Dr. Samuel Bierner, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation; Dr. M. Elizabeth Brickner, professor of internal medicine; Dr. Alison Dobbie, chair of family and community medicine; Dr. Dean Smith, associate professor of pharmacology; and Dr. R. James Valentine, professor of surgery.

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, associate professor of cell biology. This was the fifth year Dr. Phelan was honored with the award, which was named after Dr. Muntz, an assistant professor who taught gross anatomy to first-year medical students.

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Dr. Fitz holds the Nadine and Tom Craddick Distinguished Chair in Medical Science and the Atticus James Gill, M.D., Chair in Medical Science.

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