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Faculty Awards and Honors

Neilson-retouched_500Eric G. Neilson, MD, vice president for Medical Affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony this fall. He was recognized for his research, which seeks to understand the immunologic and fibrogenic mechanisms of interstitial renal diseases.

Clyde Yancy, MD, MSc, vice dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Magerstadt Professor and chief of Cardiology, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Election to NAM is based on professional achievement and a commitment to service. Yancy has published nearly 400 scientific papers covering hypertension, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, preventive cardiology, and ethnic and racial disparities in cardiovascular disease.

David Cella, PhD, chair of Medical Social Sciences and Ralph Seal Paffenbarger Professor, has received the Gustav O. Lienhard Award from the NAM for his work to measure and apply patient-reported outcomes in healthcare. The Lienhard Award recognizes outstanding national achievement in improving personal healthcare in the United States. Cella is an international expert in the measurement and application of patient-reported outcomes in health care settings.

Greenland-2_150Philip Greenland, MD, the Harry W. Dingman Professor of Cardiology, received the David E. Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges and the James D. Bruce Memorial Award from the American College of Physicians. The Rogers Award is given annually to a medical school faculty member who has made major contributions in improving the health of the American people. The Bruce Award recognizes distinguished contributions in preventive medicine. Greenland is a leader in the field of preventive cardiology, with a focus in cardiovascular risk factors, cardiovascular imaging and women’s cardiology.

Dimitri Krainc, MD, PhD, Aaron Montgomery Ward Professor and chair of Neurology, and director of the Center for Rare Neurological Diseases, has received the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The Javits Award is presented to distinguished investigators who have made exceptional achievements in the field of neurological science and are expected to continue to produce cutting-edge research in the coming years.

Jules Dewald, PhD, director of the Neuroimaging and Motor Control Laboratory and the chair of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, received the 2016 Excellence in Research Award from the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy-American Physical Therapy Association. This award honors continued excellence in research related to neurologic physical therapy science, theory, practice or education.

Roopal Kundu,’01 MD, ’02 GME, associate professor of Dermatology and associate dean for Admissions, was formally invested as the Jacob R. Suker, MD, Professor of Medical Education. She founded the Northwestern Center for Ethnic Skin, which has provided focused clinical and surgical care, patient education and clinical trials research since 2005.

Charles W. Hogue Jr., MD, chair of Anesthesiology, was invested as the James E. Eckenhoff Professor of Anesthesiology. Hogue’s research focuses on methods to reduce the risk of neurological injury from cardiac surgery, with a particular emphasis on brain and kidney injury.

Anne Lurie with Daniela Matei, MD

Anne Lurie with Daniela Matei, MD

Daniela E. Matei, MD, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Gynecologic Oncology and professor of Medicine in Hematology/Oncology, was invested as the Diana, Princess of Wales Professor of Cancer Research. She has contributed significantly to improving the treatment of ovarian cancer by conducting high-caliber clinical and basic science research.

A native of Romania, Matei did not always want to be a physician-scientist and originally pursued work as a poet:

Bloom – Daniela Matei
I dressed up in my new tight
perfectly tailored brooks brothers skirt
I put on mademoiselle perfume
blue shadow around my eyes
tan peep-toe heels before
heading out
I kept my smile the misty pleasant scent
throughout the day I did not flinch
sharing my compassion
endlessly I shook
hands patted shoulders
I did not feel pain until
five o’clock
when I walked out spring
was finally here
the balmy wind
blossoms on every tree
cancer is pink

Robert F. Kushner, MD, ’82 GME, professor of Medicine in Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine, received the Obesity Society’s 2016 Clinician-of-the-Year Award.

Henschen-award_150Bruce Henschen, ’12 MD, ’12 MPH, ’15 GME, assistant professor of Medicine in General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, received the Thomas Hale Ham Award for New Investigators from the Association of American Medical Colleges. The award recognizes Henschen’s research on the educational and clinical impact of the Education-Centered Medical Home, a longitudinal clerkship at Feinberg.

During the ECMH experience, teams of medical students are embedded into primary care clinics throughout their four years to provide continuity of care to patients and practice clinical skills in an authentic context. Henschen’s study found that patients enrolled in an ECMH clinic had higher rates of flu shot adherence and cancer screenings, suggesting a benefit to patients as well.

At the sixth annual Medical Education Day, faculty members were recognized for their commitment to teaching. The 2016 John X. Thomas, Jr., PhD, Best Teachers of Feinberg Award Winners were:

Riad Salem, MD, professor of Radiology, received the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation Leader in Innovation Award. Salem is a pioneer in the specialty of interventional oncology.

George Chiampas, DO, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, has been named Hellene of the Year 2016 by the Hellenic Bar Association.

Frank Castillo, MD, clinical assistant professor of Family and Community Medicine, was named one of the “101 Most Influential Latino Leaders of 2016” by Latino Leaders Magazine.

Karla Satchell, PhD, professor of Microbiology-Immunology, and Ali Shilatifard, PhD, Robert Francis Furchgott Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, were elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of their contributions to innovation, education and scientific leadership.

Aruna Ganju, MD, ’01 GME, associate professor of Neurological Surgery, was named a “Female Spine Surgeon Leader to Know” by Becker’s Spine Review. Ganju is a neurosurgeon specializing in spinal column and spinal cord disease treatments. Her research investigates surgical outcomes of patients with conditions spanning post-traumatic syringomyelia to lumbar spondylolisthesis.

Juan Carlos Caicedo, MD, ’06 GME, and Elisa Gordon, PhD, MPH, both associate professors of Surgery in Organ Transplantation, received the 31st Annual Gift of Life Award by the National Kidney Foundation for Informate.org. Their contributions to this website, which educates thousands of people in the Latino community on the benefits and risks of living donation, was recognized at the Gift of Life Gala.

Heron Rodriguez, MD, ’02 GME, associate professor of Surgery in Vascular Surgery, was named to the Negocios Now “Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago.” Rodriguez serves as the program director for Northwestern University’s Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency Program, associate program director for the Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program and co-director of the limb preservation program at Northwestern’s Vein Clinic. Rodriguez’s clinical interests include arterial and venous surgery and percutaneous interventions.

Rowland Chang,  MD, PHD  RheumatologyRowland W. (Bing) Chang, MD, MPH, professor of Preventive Medicine in Epidemiology, assumed the role of board chair for the Arthritis Foundation. The first active physician to serve as the board chair in decades, Chang brings to the role his medical and research expertise combined with a commitment to finding a cure for arthritis. He is a rheumatologist, epidemiologist and health services researcher with more than 34 years of practice and research experience and 30 years of involvement with the Arthritis Foundation. During his time with the foundation, he has focused on advocacy, public policy, research and public health activities by serving on standing committees as well as sitting on the board of directors.

Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Genetic Medicine and Elizabeth J. Ward Professor of Genetic Medicine, and Sadiya Khan, ’09 MD, ’14 MSc, ’11, ’12 GME, instructor of Medicine in Cardiology, were honored for their accomplishments in cardiovascular disease research at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2016. McNally received the 2016 American Heart Association Basic Research Prize for her study of novel genetic mechanisms responsible for inherited human disorders including heart failure, cardiomyopathy, muscular dystrophy, arrhythmias and aortic aneurysms. Khan was honored with the Samuel A. Levine Young Clinical Investigator Award for her innovative research studying the regulation of a gene linked to cardiovascular disease and aging.