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Faculty Awards and Honors

Kathleen J. Green PhD Pathology FSMKathleen Green, PhD, Joseph L. Mayberry, Sr., Professor of Pathology and Toxicology, professor of Dermatology, associate director of Basic Sciences for the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, and co-director of the Tissue Engineering Core of the Northwestern University Skin Disease Research Center, has been awarded the 2014-15 Albert M. Kligman/Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture Award from the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID). The award acknowledges significant contributions to the understanding of the structure and function of skin.

She also recently received a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, which is conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in research. The award winner is invited to carry out research projects of his or her own choice in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany.

 

Kahrilas-McDermott_500Peter Kahrilas, MD, ’84 GME, Gilbert H. Marquardt Professor of Medicine, in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Mary McGrae McDermott, MD, ’92 GME, Jeremiah Stamler Professor of Preventive Medicine, and of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, were elected to the Association of American Physicians (AAP).

Dr. Kahrilas has been on faculty for 32 years. His career as a physician-scientist spans nearly 400 publications in the areas of esophageal disorders, gastroesophageal reflux disease and swallowing disorders. From 1999 to 2006, Dr. Kahrilas served as chief of the Division of Medicine-Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He also founded the division’s Esophageal Center.

Dr. McDermott, who joined Feinberg’s faculty in 1994, has devoted much of her career to improving health in people with lower extremity artery disease (PAD). Dr. McDermott’s contributions to science, embodied in more than 200 publications, include defining the nature of functional impairment and decline in patients with PAD and leading randomized controlled clinical trials to identify optimal exercise programs that decrease impairments associated with the disease.

 

Peng Ji, MD, PhD, Department of Pathology, FSM.Peng Ji, MD, PhD, ’13 GME, assistant professor of Pathology, was recently honored with one of the American Society of Clinical Investigation’s (ASCI) 2015 Young Physician-Scientist Awards. He is one of only 40 investigators nationwide to receive the honor this year.

Dr. Ji has made significant contributions in the fields of pathology and hematology. He and his colleagues discovered several genetic mutations associated with the development of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a group of diseases that affect bone marrow and lead to ineffective production of stem cells that become blood cells.

His lab discovered that the disease was associated with the loss of parts of chromosome 5, which in turn led to abnormal over-expression of the CD14 gene and contributed to the development of MDS.

 

Ritu Nayar_150Ritu Nayar, MD, professor of Pathology, has been elected a trustee of the American Board of Pathology (ABP) beginning in 2016. The mission of the ABP is to promote the health of the public and advance the practice and science of pathology by establishing voluntary certification standards and assessing physician qualifications.

Dr. Nayar is editor and author of numerous publications, including the 2nd and 3rd editions of “The Bethesda System for Reporting Cervical Cytology Atlas.”  She is ABP-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and cytopathology. She served on the ABP Cytopathology Test Development and Advisory Committee and will chair that Committee as a trustee.

 

Paula Stern, PhD, Molecular Pharmacology, FSMPaula Stern, PhD, professor of Pharmacology, has been chosen to receive the 2015 Louis V. Avioli Foundation Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) for her contributions to basic science bone research. She is the first woman to receive the award.

During her nearly five decades at Feinberg, Stern and her team have made significant discoveries in the mechanisms of bone formation and resorption, focusing on osteoporosis, cancer metastases and most recently, sex-specific differences in bone health.

In addition to her research, Stern is also passionate about teaching and promoting the professional development and advancement of women in science. She has previously been honored with Feinberg’s George H. Joost Outstanding Teaching Award, Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and Distinguished Women in Medicine and Science Award. She was also the first female president of the ASBMR, which now presents the Paula Stern Achievement Award each year to recognize a woman who has made significant scientific achievements and promoted the professional development and advancement of women in the bone field.

 

Darius Tandon, PhD, associate professor of Medical Social Sciences and associate director of the Center for Community Health, has been selected to join the 2015 class of Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows. The Ascend Fellowship invests in diverse 
leaders from a range of sectors who have breakthrough ideas
 to build economic security, educational success, and health and well being for low-income families in the U.S. These leaders will fuel their work with a two-generation approach that invests in children and their parents.

Much of Tandon’s recent work has focused on the development and replication of mental health interventions aimed at preventing the onset and worsening of depression among low-income perinatal women in home visitation programs.

 

Ansari-MD-Sameer_150Sameer Ansari, MD, PhD, associate professor of Radiology, Neurological Surgery and Neurology, has been elected to serve on the 2015 Board of Directors for the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS).

The following faculty members received third place for the 2015 Duncan Neuhauser Curricular Innovation Award in Healthcare Improvement for their submission: “The Education-Centered Medical Home: A Novel Longitudinal Clerkship Model Focused on Quality Improvement.”

 

Flaherty-John_150John Flaherty, MD, professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, was chosen to deliver the keynote address at The Imagine Ball, the 27th annual fundraising event of Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago (DIFFA/Chicago).

 
 
 
 
 
 

Hefner_George_G_150George Gerhardt Hefner, MD, health system clinician of Anesthesiology, and chief of Lake Forest Anesthesiology, was elected president of the Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kopp-Peter-MD_150Peter Kopp, MD, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, received the ATA Distinguished Service Award from the American Thyroid Association.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Elizabeth-McNally_150Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Genetic Medicine, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Research and Technology about the science and ethics of genetically engineered human DNA.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Soper-Nathaniel_150Nathaniel Soper, MD, professor of Surgery in the Division of Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Surgery and chair of the Department of Surgery, was named as the 2015 Master Educator of the Year by the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT).

 
 
 
 
 
 

Alisha Thomas, ’05 MD, instructor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine, received the Exemplary Teaching Award for volunteer faculty from the American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP).

 

Michael Abecassis MD Transplant NMH FSMMichael Abecassis, MD, MBA, chief and professor of the Division of Organ Transplantation in the Department of Surgery, professor of Microbiology-Immunology and director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center, received an $11.8 million NIH P01 award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for his project entitled “Integrating Mechanistic Insights from Diverse Models to Prevent CMV Reactivation following Transplantation.”

 
 

Goldberger-Jeffrey_150Jeffrey Goldberger, MD, professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, has accepted a leadership role at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where he will be chief of cardiology.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD, Rheumatology, NMFFRosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD, professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, and her partners have recently been awarded an Office of Minority Health grant for “Addressing Lupus Health Disparities Adapting Culturally Competent Community-Based Education Models through Local and National Collaborative Partnerships.”