UTSW Schools, Students Honor Excellence In Education
By Lin Lofley
Dr. Joseph Albanesi, Professor of Pharmacology, and Dr. Beth Brickner, Professor of Internal Medicine, received Distinguished Educator Awards for UT Southwestern Medical School during the 12th Annual Excellence in Education reception and awards ceremony held recently at the A.W. Harris Faculty and Alumni Center.
The event, sponsored by the Southwestern Academy of Teachers (SWAT), was hosted by Dr. J. Gregory Fitz, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Medical School Dean; and Dr. Brickner, SWAT President and Co-Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program.
“This celebration of educational excellence demonstrates the outstanding breadth and quality of the faculty’s educational efforts across the campus,” Dr. Brickner said. “To that end and for the first time, SWAT presented five Outstanding Teacher Awards to faculty from all three schools.
“SWAT is composed of educational leaders from UT Southwestern’s schools and the membership felt that it was important to recognize and acknowledge teaching excellence across the campus by giving awards specific to each school.”
In receiving his Distinguished Award Dr. Albanesi said, “The development and introduction of the new medical school curriculum have made the last couple of years the most interesting and exciting in my 30 years as an educator at UT Southwestern. This award, for which I am very grateful, further motivates me to contribute to the Medical Center’s success and continued improvement.”
UT Southwestern Medical School recognition went to Dr. Julie Champine, Professor of Radiology, named the top Basic Science Educator, and Dr. Mary Camp, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, recognized as the top Clinical Educator.
UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences honored Dr. Keith Argenbright, Professor in the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, and of Clinical Sciences; and Dr. Laura Howe-Martin, Associate Professor of Psychiatry.
UT Southwestern School of Health Professions recognized Leslie Gray, Assistant Professor of Health Care Sciences.
Other honored nominees for the SWAT Outstanding Educator award from the various schools included: Dr. Luke Rice, Associate Professor of Biophysics, and of Biochemistry (Graduate School); Dr. Joel Elmquist, Professor of Internal Medicine, of Pharmacology, and of Psychiatry (Graduate School); Dr. John Farrar, Associate Professor of Immunology, and of Molecular Biology (Graduate School); Dr. Jenny Hsieh, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology (Graduate School); and Dr. Won Lee, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, and Medical Director of the Clinical Center for Sleep and Breathing Disorders (Medical School).
Also nominated were Dr. Melanie Sulistio, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (Medical School); Dr. Diana Tomchick, Professor of Biophysics, and of Biochemistry (Graduate School); Dr. Elena Vinogradov, Assistant Professor of Radiology, and of the Advanced Imaging Research Center (Graduate School); Jeffrey Williams, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies (School of Health Professions); and Dr. Jason Zafereo, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, and of Orthopaedic Surgery (School of Health Professions).
The Medical School Class of 2019 Pre-Clerkship Teaching Awards were presented to:
Drs. Champine and Sulistio, in addition to Dr. Barry Botterman, Professor of Cell Biology; Dr. Champine, Dr. Joel Goodman, Professor of Pharmacology; Dr. Don Hilgemann, Professor of Physiology, and of Internal Medicine; Dr. Angela Mihalic, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and Professor of Pediatrics; Dr. John Phelan, Associate Professor of Cell Biology; Dr. Janine Prange-Kiel, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology; Dr. James Richardson, Professor of Pathology, of Molecular Biology, and of Plastic Surgery; and Dr. Ashoke Sathy, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.
And recipients of the Medical School Class of 2018 MS2 Teaching Awards are:
Drs. Albanesi and Richardson, in addition to Dr. Preston Blomquist, Professor of Ophthalmology; Dr. Dennis Burns, Professor of Pathology; Dr. David Greenberg, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, and of Microbiology; Dr. Ugis Gruntmanis, Assistant Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Professor of Internal Medicine; Dr. Celia Jenkins, Professor of Psychiatry; Dr. Kyle Molberg, Professor of Pathology; Dr. Harikrishna Raja, formerly Professor of Internal Medicine; and Dr. Vivyenne Roche, Director of the Genetics Fellowship Program, and Professor of Internal Medicine.
New inductees into the Southwestern Academy of Teachers are:
Dr. Benjamin Greenberg, Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, and of Pediatrics; Dr. Oren Guttman, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management; Dr. Mary Jane Pearson, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Dr. Phelan, Dr. Roche, and Dr. Clifford Wai, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Eleven faculty members were recipients of SWAT Small Grant Awards, either as part of a research team or as duos. Those selected are:
Dr. Aditee Ambarkedar and Dr. Philip Greilich, Associate Professor and Professor, respectively, of Anesthesiology and Pain Management; the research team of Dr. Ami L. DeWaters, Assistant Instructor in Internal Medicine; Dr. Tara Dickson and Dr. Julie DeVahl, Assistant Professors of Physical Therapy; the research team of Dr. Jakub Furmaga, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine; the research team of Dr. Nora Gimpel, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine; the research team of Dr. Susan Hupp, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Dr. Venetia Orcutt, Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, and Dr. Palma Longo, Associate Professor of Health Care Sciences – Education and Research; and Dr. Mihalic.
Recognized also were newly elected members of the UT Academy of Health Science Education, including Drs. Bricker, Jenkins, and Biff Palmer, Professor of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Blomquist holds the Dr. W. Maxwell Thomas Chair in Ophthalmology.
Dr. Brickner holds the Charles B. Mullins, M.D. Professorship in Clinical Practice and Teaching in Cardiology.
Dr. Burns holds the Jane B. and Edwin P. Jenevein, M.D., Chair in Pathology.
Dr. Elmquist holds the Carl H. Westcott Distinguished Chair in Medical Research, and Maclin Family Distinguished Professorship in Medical Science, in Honor of Dr. Roy A. Brinkley.
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. Benjamin Greenberg is a Cain Denius Scholar in Mobility Disorders.
Dr. Hilgemann holds the Roy and Christine Sturgis Chair in Biomedical Research, and the Floyd C. Rector, Jr., M.D. Professorship in Acid-Base Regulation.
Dr. Jenkins holds the McKenzie Foundation Chair in Psychiatry I.
Dr. Molberg holds the Philip O’Bryan Montgomery Jr., M.D., Professorship in Surgical Pathology.
Dr. Rice is a Thomas O. Hicks Scholar in Medical Research.