Five LEAD program graduates receive Dean’s Capstone Recognition Awards

Dr. Greg Fitz, Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean of UT Southwestern Medical School (second from right) congratulated three of the five winners of the inaugural Dean's Capstone Recognition Awards at the LEAD graduation ceremonies. Recognized were (from left) Dr. Elisabeth Martinez, Dr. Tae Chong and Dr. Tracey Wright. Other honorees not present were Dr. Sarah Gualano and Dr. Oren Guttman.
Dr. Greg Fitz, Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean of UT Southwestern Medical School (second from right) congratulated three of the five winners of the inaugural Dean's Capstone Recognition Awards at the LEAD graduation ceremonies. Recognized were (from left) Dr. Elisabeth Martinez, Dr. Tae Chong and Dr. Tracey Wright. Other honorees not present were Dr. Sarah Gualano and Dr. Oren Guttman.

By Lin Lofley

The Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments (LEAD) program graduated its first cohort of faculty members on January 27, 2014, with top campus leadership on hand to mark the occasion.

Thirty-one faculty members earned certificates of completion of the course, with five winning Dean’s Capstone Recognition Awards for their final projects. The awards, along with a check for $500 to each winner, were presented by Dr. Greg Fitz, Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean of UT Southwestern Medical School, who attended all the project presentations and commended the graduates for outstanding work across the board.

“We could very easily have given 15 or 20 awards,” Dr. Fitz said. “The quality was that impressive.”

The winners of the Dean’s Capstone Recognition Awards were: Dr. Tae Chong, Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery; Dr. Sarah Gualano, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine; Dr. Oren Guttman, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management; Dr. Elisabeth Martinez, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology; and Dr. Tracey Wright, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.

In addition to the award winners, certificates of completion were awarded to:

Dr. Neal Alto, Assistant Professor of Microbiology

Dr. Ezra Burstein, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular Biology

Dr. Ondine Cleaver, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology

Dr. Daniel Costa, Assistant Professor of Radiology and in the Advanced Imaging Research Center

Dr. Katherine Coyner, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Kerry Dunbar, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

Dr. Annie Feagins, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

Dr. Lauren Gore, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Jenny Hsieh, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology

Dr. Gaurav Khatri, Assistant Professor of Radiology

Dr. Kelly Klein, Assistant Professor of Surgery

Dr. Simon Craddick Lee, Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences

Dr. Pradeep Mammen, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

Dr. Carrie McAdams, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Amimi Osayande, Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Ava Pierce, Associate Professor of Surgery

Dr. Ramona Rhodes, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

Dr. Kimberly Roaten, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Gilberto Salazar, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Health Care Sciences

Dr. Patricia Santiago-Munoz, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Jay Schneider, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

Dr. Rashmi Shetgiri, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Alex Tessnow, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

Dr. Yihong Wan, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Dr. Brian Williams, Assistant Professor of Surgery

Dr. Jeffrey Zigman, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry

The 2014 class of the LEAD program is now installed and is scheduled to graduate in December. The 2013 class had been scheduled to graduate in December 2013, but the event was postponed due to an ice storm.

Dr. Alto is a Rita C. and William P. Clements, Jr. Scholar in Medical Research.

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. Schneider holds the Dallas Heart Ball Chair in Cardiac Research.

Dr. Wan is a Virginia Murchison Linthicum Scholar in Medical Research.

Dr. Zigman holds the Mr. and Mrs. Bruce G. Brookshire Professorship in Medicine, and the Diana and Richard C. Strauss Professorship in Biomedical Research.

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