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Faculty Recognition and Awards Ceremony set for Nov. 2

October 31, 2017

The Wayne State University School of Medicine will recognize and celebrate outstanding members of its faculty during the annual Faculty Recognition and Awards Ceremony.

The ceremony will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Margherio Family Conference Center, and includes the presentation of College Teaching Awards and Research Excellence Awards, along with Dean’s Office Awards.

College Teaching Awards are presented to faculty based on the evaluation of instructional expertise as evaluated by students in the undergraduate medical education program, residents in the graduate medical education programs and graduate students, as well as the department chairs' annual evaluation and other factors.

Research Excellence Awards are presented annually and evenly distributed among assistant professors, associate professors and professors from the Basic Science and Clinical Science departments based on criteria defined for each academic rank.

The Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award will be presented to Margit Chadwell, M.D., assistant professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, and associate dean of Student Affairs and Career Development. The award is given annually to a faculty member who, through long and meritorious teaching of clinical or behavioral sciences, has left a mark of excellence and provided students with a critical understanding of the faculty member’s discipline.

Fu-Shin Yu, Ph.D., professor of Ophthalmology and of Anatomy and Cell Biology, will receive the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. The award is presented to a faculty member who has served as an outstanding mentor to other faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine and who demonstrated a gift and passion for mentoring faculty.

This year two faculty members have been selected to receive the Kamran S. Moghissi, Endowed Faculty Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching Award: Lawrence Lash, Ph.D., professor of Pharmacology, and Robert Lasley, Ph.D., professor of Physiology. The award is given annually to a faculty member who, through long and meritorious teaching of basic sciences, has left a mark of excellence and provided students with a critical understanding of the faculty member’s discipline. The purpose of the award is to recognize faculty achievement, to encourage continued progress and to provide assistance to faculty who demonstrate significant contributions to the teaching of basic science courses during the first two years in the School of Medicine.

Bonnie Sloane, Ph.D., distinguished professor of Pharmacology and of Oncology, will receive the annual Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Award. The award is given to an individual who has supported and/or brought recognition to women faculty members or activities for women faculty.

The Outstanding Research Achievement Award will go to Ann Schwartz, Ph.D., professor of Oncology. The honor is given to a faculty member in a basic science or clinical department who has made significant and career-long contributions to the advancement of an area of biomedical, behavioral, clinical or medical research. Nominees must have a sustained record of meritorious publication and scholarship, and must have demonstrated a record of nationally and internationally recognized research.

Those receiving the College Teaching Award include:

Erin Carmany, M.S., C.G.C., assistant professor, Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics
Angela Trepanier, M.S., C.G.C., associate professor, Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics
Ren Zhang, Ph.D., assistant professor, Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, and Internal Medicine
Kezhong Zhang, Ph.D., professor, Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, and Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry
Tiffany Cook, Ph.D., associate professor, Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, and Ophthalmology
Andrew King, M.D., assistant professor, Emergency Medicine
Pranatharthi Chandrasekar, M.D., professor, Internal Medicine
Teena Chopra, M.D., associate professor, Internal Medicine
Zyad Kafri, M.D., assistant professor, Internal Medicine
Navid Seraji-Bozorgzad, M.D., assistant professor, Neurology
Deepti Zutshi, M.D., assistant professor, Neurology
Kang Chen, Ph.D., assistant professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Nihar Nayak, D.V.M., Ph.D., associate professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Karoline Puder, M.D., associate professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Judith Abrams, Ph.D., professor, Oncology
Jennifer Beebe-Dimmer, Ph.D., associate professor, Oncology
Robert Morris, M.D., Ph.D., professor, Oncology
Stephan Patrick, Ph.D., associate professor, Oncology
Lisa Polin, Ph.D., associate professor, Oncology
Malathy Shekhar, Ph.D., professor, Oncology
Michael Simon, M.D., professor, Oncology
Ammar Sukari, M.D., assistant professor, Oncology
Ulka Vaishampayan, M.D., professor, Oncology
Jay Yang, M.D., assistant professor, Oncology
Sudeshna Bandyopadhyay, M.D., associate professor, Pathology
Dongping Shi, M.D., associate professor, Pathology
Katherine Cashen, D.O., assistant professor, Pediatrics
Meera Chitlur, M.D., professor, Pediatrics
Jeff Clark, M.D., associate professor, Pediatrics
Amrish Jain, M.D., associate professor, Pediatrics
Ajit Sarnaik, M.D., associate professor, Pediatrics
Maxim Yankelevich, M.D., associate professor, Pediatrics
Karin List, Ph.D., associate professor, Pharmacology
Nicholas Davis, Ph.D., professor, Pharmacology
Xuequn Chen, Ph.D., associate professor, Physiology
Bhanu Jena, Ph.D., professor, Physiology
Assia Shisheva, Ph.D., professor, Physiology
Fei Sun, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, physiology
Eva Waineo, M.D., assistant professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

Faculty receiving the Research Excellence Award include:

Leonard Lipovich, Ph.D., associate professor, Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, and Neurology
Roger Pique-Regi, Ph.D., assistant professor, Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology
Karen MacDonell, Ph.D., associate professor, Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences
Susan Eggly, Ph.D., professor, Oncology
Rafael Fridman, Ph.D., professor, Pathology
Vaibhav Diwadkar, Ph.D., professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

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