Faculty Awards & Honors
Daniel Brat, MD, PhD
Daniel Brat, MD, PhD, a prominent neuropathologist and brain tumor investigator, was named chair of the Departments of Pathology at Feinberg and Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, effective this September. Brat was previously a professor and vice chair for Translational Programs in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine.
Karl Bilimora, MD, ’08 MS, ’10 GME, director of the Northwestern Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center and the John Benjamin Murphy Professor of Surgery and Medical Social Sciences, and Sarki Abdulkadir, MD, PhD, John T. Grayhack, MD, Professor of Urological Research and professor of Pathology, were inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Billimora has devoted his career to research focusing on improving approaches for measuring and improving hospital quality and safety, specifically in general surgery and oncology specialties. Abdulkadir’s career as a physician-scientist has focused on understanding and therapeutically targeting the molecular mechanism driving tumor initiation, specifically in prostate cancer.
Karl Bilimora, MD, ’08 MS, ’10 GME
Sarki Abdulkadir, MD, PhD
Shira Dinner, MD
Jeffrey Barsuk, ’99 MD, ’02 GME, ’10 MS
Shira Dinner, MD, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, received a 2017 Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The award recognizes and supports outstanding mid-career clinical investigators who work at NCI-designated cancer centers and participate extensively in NCI-funded collaborative clinical trials.
Jeffrey Barsuk, ’99 MD, ’02 GME, ’10 MS, professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine and of Medical Education, was recently awarded the 2017 Excellence in Research Award from the Society of Hospital Medicine. Barsuk was recognized for his decade-long research into optimizing clinical performance, using simulation technology within a mastery learning theoretical framework.
Multiple faculty were recognized at Feinberg’s fifth annual Honors Day:
- Harry N. Beaty Honors Day Speaker: Samer Attar, MD, assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, was selected by students for this honor. He shared his experience serving as a volunteer physician with the Syrian American Medical Society.
- George H. Joost Outstanding Teaching Awards: Thomas Corbridge, MD, professor ofMedicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care and of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, for outstanding teaching in a large-group setting during the first year of medical school curriculum. Katherine Watson, JD, adjunct associate professor of Medical Education and Obstetrics and Gynecology, for outstanding teaching in a large-group setting during the second year of medical school curriculum. David Salzman, ’05 MD, MEd, ’09 GME, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Education, for excellence in the clinical teaching of medical students.
- Michael M. Ravitch Award: Cynthia Barnard, ’16 PhD, MBA, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, for outstanding teaching in a small-group setting.
Samar Attar, MD, speaking at Honors Day.
Cynthia Barnard, ’16 PhD, MBA
Dane Chetkovich, MD, PhD, professor of Neurology in the Division of Neurophysiology/Epilepsy, and director of the Medical Scientist Training Program, accepted a leadership role at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, as chair of the Department of Neurology. Chetkovich will lead Vanderbilt’s nationally ranked department, which includes 16 clinical divisions, more than 80 faculty members, and more than 40 residents and fellows.
Paul DeCaen, PhD
Feinberg’s Women Faculty Organization (WFO) chose Amy Paller, MD, Walter J. Hamlin Professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology, as the inaugural winner of the first Paula H. Stern Award for Outstanding Women in Science and Medicine, established by the Department of Pharmacology in conjunction with the WFO. The award, named in honor of Dr. Paula Stern’s 50 years of scientific accomplishments and dedicated service to Feinberg, will be given annually to a Feinberg woman faculty member who has exhibited successful basic, translational or clinical research, strong leadership at a local, national and/or international level in her field, and as an exemplary role model inspires and mentors trainees and/or junior investigators.
Brian Mustanski, PhD, professor of Medical Social Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Psychology; director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing; and co-director of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, has been chosen as one of NBC News’ #Pride30 changemakers, innovators and rising stars. Mustanski has been a principal investigator for multiple federal and foundation research and training awards totaling over $38 million. His current projects include studies of young gay/bisexual men on the drivers of substance use and HIV in this population, several randomized controlled trials of HIV prevention program for adolescent and young adult gay/bisexual men, and a study of ethical considerations in LGBT adolescent participation in HIV prevention research.
The inaugural Paula H. Stern Award for Outstanding Women in Science and Medicine was awarded on May 30, 2017 to Amy Paller, MD. (Left: Stern, Right: Paller)