Thirteen UI Carver College of Medicine faculty members were honored for their work at the college’s Faculty Awards Banquet, held Feb. 28 at Brown Deer Golf and Country Club in Iowa City.
“What differentiates academic medicine from private practice or a community hospital model of patient care is the fulfillment of the tripartite mission of medical education, biomedical research, and patient care and service,” said Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA, UI vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Carver College of Medicine who provided remarks at the event. “It is through these pursuits that our faculty members truly shine.”
Following is a list of award recipients honored at the event:
Collegiate Teaching Award
- Ernesto Fuentes, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry
- Jason Barker, MD, associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine
The Collegiate Teaching Award is given to faculty members who demonstrate significant and meritorious achievement in teaching and who have contributed to students’ development through mentoring, advising, and sponsoring of creative and/or scholarly achievements.
Carver College of Medicine Faculty Service Award
- Daniel Weeks, PhD, professor in the Department of Biochemistry
The Faculty Service Award acknowledges a faculty member who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the college in the area of service through extensive committee work, contributions to ad hoc projects, or other leadership roles that benefit the institution.
Ernest O. Theilen Award
- Vincent Liu, MD, clinical professor in the Department of Dermatology
The Theilen Award is presented to a faculty member who emulates the qualities recognized in Theilen, a former faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine known for his commitment to patients and the medical profession. The award recipient is an active clinician who displays the qualities of a dedicated physician, an advocate of the college, a strong representative of the institution, and a mentor to students, residents, and fellows.
J.P. Long Teaching Award in the Basic Sciences
- Jon Houtman, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
This award honors Long, a former faculty member and head of the Department of Pharmacology and is given to an individual who exemplifies teaching that uniquely enhances student learning through new methods, style, or spectrum of material and enhances student learning and intellectual development.
Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award
- Gerald Jogerst, MD, senior vice chair and professor emeritus in the Department of Family Medicine
The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, given in partnership with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, is presented to the faculty member who best demonstrates the ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care and respect for patients, their families, and health care colleagues, as well as demonstrated clinical excellence.
Culturally Responsive Health Care Award
- Lama Noureddine, MD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine (2017 award recipient)
- Anjali Sharathkumar, MBBS, clinical associate professor in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics (2018 award recipient)
Presented by the Carver College of Medicine Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, this award honors the efforts that individuals and/or groups have made to consciously practice culturally responsive health care, stressing the importance of inclusive practice and its impact on our patients, families, and co-workers.
UI President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence
- Thomas Oetting, MD, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
This university-level award represents the highest level of achievement in teaching given at the UI and recognizes a faculty member who has achieved outstanding and sustained levels of teaching excellence and commitment to student learning.
Regents Award for Faculty Excellence
- Richard Shields, PhD, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
- Edwin Stone, MD, PhD, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Given by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, this award honors faculty members for work representing a significant contribution to excellence in public education. As many as six faculty members from across the university are selected each year to receive this award.
Diversity Catalyst Award
- Amy Lee, PhD, assistant dean for research in the Carver College of Medicine and professor in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
- Denise Martinez, MD, assistant dean for cultural affairs and diversity initiatives in the Carver College of Medicine and clinical associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine
Sponsored by the UI Chief Diversity Office and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, the Diversity Catalyst Award is designed to honor faculty or staff members, programs or departments, and students or student organizations engaged in diversity initiatives that have promoted the development of an inclusive, diverse campus community at the UI.