Top teachers garner Excellence in Education awards

By Lin Lofley

Dr. James Stull, Chairman of Physiology, and Dr. George R. Buchanan, Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, have won the 2013 Distinguished Basic Science Educator Award and the Distinguished Clinical Science Educator Award, respectively.

Their recognitions highlighted the 9th annual Excellence in Education reception and awards ceremony, hosted by Dr. J. Gregory Fitz, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Dean of UT Southwestern Medical School.

Dean Greg Fitz, James Stull
From left: Dr. J. Gregory Fitz, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Dean of UT Southwestern Medical School; Dr. James Stull, Chairman of Physiology

Dr. Stull, a faculty member since 1978, said: “I was stunned, but very pleased to receive this award. I have received teaching awards in the past and again this year for teaching in the medical physiology course, but this is the first time I have won this award. It’s especially meaningful, given that there are many other outstanding educators here.”

Dr. Stull gave credit to the students for his continued enthusiasm for teaching. “They’re terrific. They make it a pleasure to contribute with my colleagues to their education.”

Dr. Albanesi also lauded Dr. Buchanan, who joined the faculty in 1977, saying, “Despite being a world leader in the research area of childhood anemias, he has continued to demonstrate a passion for teaching and mentoring students at all levels of their medical training.”

Greg Fitz, George Buchanan
From left: Dr. J. Gregory Fitz, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Dean of UT Southwestern Medical School; Dr. George R. Buchanan, Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine

Dr. Buchanan, a renowned hematologist/oncologist, said: “When I didn’t see my name in the program, I thought maybe I had misunderstood that I needed to attend. Then I saw two awards to be announced, and my heart started racing. This is a big deal. It’s a world-class school with a lot of superb educators and teachers. This award makes it all worthwhile.

“So many things have changed over the years. But fundamentally the students who come to UT Southwestern are still the cream of the crop from Texas and stars from elsewhere in the country. They’re good; they study hard; they’re fun to work with; and they ask intriguing questions.”

Serving as Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Stephen Cannon, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, said that 73 outstanding candidates had been nominated for the awards. Forty-two educators were honored at the Oct. 9 event along with faculty members previously recognized with UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teacher Awards.

The Kathryn Howe Muntz Award for Teaching in Human Anatomy was presented to Dr. John Phelan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cell Biology.

In addition to the teaching awards, 10 faculty members were inducted into the UT Southwestern Academy of Teachers: Dr. James Amatruda, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Molecular Biology; Dr. Ponciano Cruz, Professor of Dermatology; Dr. Frederick Grinnell, Professor of Cell Biology; Jennie Hocking, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies; David Klocko, Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies; Dr. Darren McGuire, Professor of Internal Medicine; Dr. Edward Mulligan, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Orthopaedic Surgery; Dr. Biff Palmer, Professor of Internal Medicine; Dr. Rod Rohrich, Chairman of Plastic Surgery; Dr. Lewis Waber, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and in the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development.

Pre-Clinical Teaching Awards for first-year medical student classes were awarded to:

  • Anatomy – Dr. Gary Iwamoto, Adjunct Professor of Cell Biology, and Dr. Alisa Winkler, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology.
  • Biochemistry – Dr. James Amatruda; Dr. Helen Hobbs, Director of the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development.
  • Cell Biology – Dr. William Snell, Professor of Cell Biology.
  • Embryology – Dr. Janine Prange-Kiel, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology.
  • Human Behavior – Dr. Lindsey Pershern, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.
  • Immunology – Dr. Anne Satterthwaite, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Immunology.
  • Neuroscience – Dr. Dennis Burns, Professor of Pathology; Dr. Stephen Cannon, Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics.
  • Physiology – Dr. Robert Reilly Jr., Professor of Internal Medicine; Dr. James Stull.

Pre-Clinical Teaching Awards for second-year medical student classes were awarded to:

  • Clinical Medicine – Dr. Julie Champine, Professor of Radiology; Dr. Celia Jenkins, Professor of Psychiatry; Dr. James Wagner, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine.
  • Microbiology – Dr. David Greenberg, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Microbiology.
  • Pathology – Dr. Dennis Burns, Professor of Pathology; Dr. Kyle Molberg, Professor of Pathology; Dr. James Richardson, Professor of Pathology, Molecular Biology, and Plastic Surgery.
  • Pharmacology – Dr. Joel Goodman, Professor of Pharmacology.
Excellence in Education Awards
The 2013 Excellence in Education Awards

Clinical Teaching Awards for Core Clerkship Teachers for third-year medical student classes were awarded to:

  • Family Medicine – Dr. Monica Kalra, Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine; Dr. Nicolas Schwedock, Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine.
  • Internal Medicine – Dr. R. Ellwood Jones, Professor of Internal Medicine; Dr. Salahuddin Kazi, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine.
  • Internal Medicine Subspecialty – Dr. David Balis, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine; Dr. Francesca Lee, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pathology.
  • Neurology – Dr. Mehari Gebeyohanns, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics; Dr. Alejandro Magadan, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics.
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology – Dr. J. Seth Hawkins, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Dr. Kimberly Kho, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Pediatrics – Dr. Lillienne Chan, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Dr. Amanda Galloway Hartke, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.
  • Psychiatry – Dr. Monte Goen, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Dr. Sidarth Wakhlu, Associate Professor of Psychiatry.
  • Surgery – Dr. Sergio Huerta, Associate Professor of Surgery; Dr. John Mansour, Assistant Professor of Surgery.

Clinical Teaching Awards for Core Clerkship Teachers for fourth-year medical student classes were awarded to:

  • Acute Care – Dr. Christian Minshall, Associate Professor of Surgery.
  • Ambulatory Care – Dr. Ellen Wilson, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Subinternship – Dr. Sujata Bhushan, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine; Dr. Scott Roberts, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Dr. Rohit Sharma, Assistant Professor of Surgery.

Dr. Amatruda holds the Nearburg Family Professorship in Pediatric Oncology Research, and is a Horchow Family Scholar in Pediatrics.

Dr. Buchanan holds the Children’s Cancer Fund Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Oncology and Hematology.

Dr. Burns holds the Jane B. and Edwin P. Jenevein, M.D., Chair in Pathology.

Dr. Cannon holds the Patricia A. Smith Distinguished Chair in Neuromuscular Disease Research, in Honor of Gil Wolfe, M.D.

Dr. Cruz holds the Paul R. Bergstresser, M.D., Chair in Dermatology.

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

Dr. Goodman holds the Jan and Bob Bullock Distinguished Chair for Science Education.

Dr. Grinnell holds the Robert McLemore Professorship in Medical Science.

Dr. Hobbs holds the Eugene McDermott Distinguished Chair for the Study of Human Growth and Development; the Philip O'Bryan Montgomery Jr., M.D., Distinguished Chair in Developmental Biology; and the Dallas Heart Ball Chair in Cardiology Research.

Dr. Jones holds the Paul T. Stoffel/Centex Professorship in Clinical Care.

Dr. McGuire holds the Dallas Heart Ball Chair for Research on Heart Disease in Women.

Dr. Molberg holds the Philip O’Bryan Montgomery Jr., M.D., Professorship in Surgical Pathology.

Dr. Reilly holds the Fredric L. Coe Professorship in Nephrolithiasis Research in Mineral Metabolism.

Dr. Rohrich holds the Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery, and the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Satterthwaite holds the Peggy Chavellier Professorship for Arthritis Research and Treatment, and is a Southwestern Medical Foundation Scholar in Biomedical Research.

Dr. Stull holds the Fouad A. and Val Imm Bashour Distinguished Chair in Physiology.

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