Jaehyuk Choi, MD, PhD, Ruth K. Freinkel, MD, Research Professor and assistant professor of Dermatology and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, received the 2016 Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award. He will be co-funded through a partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through its 2016 Clinical Scientist Development Awards, which provide grants to junior physician-scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers.
Choi has recently used next generation sequencing to identify gene mutations that he hypothesizes are important for the pathogenesis of cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL), an incurable cancer of the immune T-cells in the skin. His ultimate goal is to identify novel therapeutic strategies that selectively target CTCL cancer cells, hastening the development of a cure for this intractable disease.
Zeeshan Butt, PhD, associate professor of Medical Social Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Surgery, was appointed by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) as a member of its advisory panel on Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options. He will help PCORI refine and prioritize research funding priorities and ensure that research the institute supports centers on outcomes that matter to patients and other healthcare decision makers.
PCORI is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. Butt also serves as the associate director for Northwestern University’s Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes. His research focuses on the development and application of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in the post-surgical context, with an eye toward improved care quality and patient-centeredness.
Kathleen Green, PhD, the Joseph L. Mayberry, Sr., Professor of Pathology and Toxicology and professor of Dermatology, was elected to the German National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of her scientific achievements. The German National Academy of Sciences, formerly known as the Leopoldina, is the oldest German-speaking society of scholars, providing science-based advice to politics and society.
D. Martin “Marty” Watterson, PhD, John G. Searle Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, was awarded the 2016 Goodes Prize for Excellence in Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery. This is an annual lifetime achievement award given by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.
Ankit Bharat, MBBS, assistant professor of Surgery in the Division of Thoracic Surgery and of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, received the 2016 Jacobson Promising Investigator Award from the Academic College of Surgeons.
Ali Shilatifard, PhD, Robert Francis Furchgott Professor and chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, was named the 15th recipient of the Martin E. and Gertrude G. Walder Award for Research Excellence. This award, established in 2002 by Joseph A. Walder, MD, PhD, and given annually by the provost, recognizes excellence in research at Northwestern.
Michael Markl, PhD, the Lester B. and Frances T. Knight Professor of Cardiac Imaging in the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, was named a fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. His research group has been instrumental in establishing 4D Flow MR imaging methods and data analysis tools for the comprehensive assessment of 3D blood flow and cardiovascular function. Further accomplishments include the development, validation and application of novel imaging tools for the evaluation of structure and function of the heart.
Rukhsana Mirza, MD, associate professor of Ophthalmology, received the 2016 Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education given by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology. The award recognizes the critical role of medical student education directors and celebrates their contributions.
Lee Jampol, MD, Louis Feinberg, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology, received the Crystal Apple award for excellence in teaching and mentorship from the American Society of Retina Specialists. In addition, the Cyrus Chung Ying Tang Foundation made a $3 million gift to create the Cyrus Tang and Lee Jampol Professorship in Ophthalmology.
Paloma Toledo, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Anesthesiology, was elected as a member of the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA), an organization that advances the art and science of anesthesiology by encouraging members to pursue original investigations in the clinic and laboratory, develop teaching methods and freely and informally interchange ideas.
James Surmeier, PhD, Nathan Smith Davis Professor and chair of Physiology, was awarded the 2016 C. David Marsden Presidential Lecture Award by the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society for his contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms underlying Parkinson’s disease.
Jacob Sznajder, MD, Ernest S. Bazley Professor of Asthma and Related Disorders, was named a fellow of the European Respiratory Society, recognition of lifetime excellence and contributions to research, education and clinical leadership in respiratory medicine. He was also honored with the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Foundation’s Excellence Award.
Kelly N. Michelson, MD, MPH, director of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine’s Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and associate professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Critical Care, was formally invested as the Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities. Michelson’s research focuses on communication and decision-making in the pediatric intensive care unit and pediatric palliative care settings.
Robert L. Vogelzang, MD, was invested as the Albert Nemcek Professor of Interventional Radiology Education. Vogelzang is a national leader in interventional radiology.
Deborah Clements, MD, chair of Family and Community Medicine, was appointed as a member of the National Resident Matching Program’s (NRMP) board of directors. The NRMP is a non-profit organization that matches fourth-year medical students to U.S. residency programs.
Aarati Didwania, MD, ’04 MSCI, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, was named director of the Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME). Didwania is director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University’s Survivors Taking Action and Responsibility Program Program for adult survivors of pediatric cancer.
At the fifth annual Driskill Day, held by the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Program in the Life Sciences (DGP), Christopher Payne, PhD, assistant professor of Pediatrics, received the faculty service award; Karla Satchell, PhD, professor of Microbiology-Immunology, and Murali Prakriya, PhD, associate professor of Pharmacology, received the Dean’s teaching award.
The Lupus program, led by Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD, DrPh, professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, has been awarded the Lawren H. Daltroy Award for Excellence in Health Communication at the LUPUS 2016 international (Americas) meeting in New York. The award recognizes work that bridges the gap between words and understanding in provider-patient communications.