Faculty Awards & Honors

Sarki Abdulkadir, MD, PhD

Karl Bilimoria, MD, MS

Melissa Simon, MD, MPH

Cynthia Rigsby, MD

Three faculty were selected to be honored at the 16th annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day. Research Day was cancelled this year and is scheduled to take place again in fall 2021.
  • Sarki Abdulkadir, MD, PhD, vice chair for Research in the Department of Urology, the John T. Grayhack, MD, Professor of Urological Research, and professor of Urology and Pathology, received the Tripartite Legacy Faculty Award for Translational Science and Education.
  • Karl Bilimoria, MD, ’08 MS, ’10 GME, vice chair for Quality in the Department of Surgery, the John Benjamin Murphy Professor of Surgery, and associate professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology, and of Medical Social Sciences, and Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, ’06 GME, vice chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation at the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM), the George H. Gardner, MD, Professor of Clinical Gynecology, and professor of Medical Social Sciences, are recipients of the 2020 Mentor of the Year Award.

Cynthia Rigsby, MD, professor of Pediatric Radiology and Pediatrics, has been named the new head of the Department of Medical Imaging at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Al Benson, MD, professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, and director of Cooperative Groups at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, was honored as “Physician of the Year” by CancerCare, a national nonprofit organization providing free support services to anyone affected by cancer.

The following Feinberg School of Medicine faculty members ranked among the most-cited researchers according to an annual list released by the Web of Science Group within Clarivate Analytics, a global data firm:

Al Benson, MD

Jeffrey Sosman, MD

James A. Hill, ’70 MD, ’79 GME, professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, is the recipient of the 2020 Diversity Award presented by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The Diversity Award recognizes members of the academy who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding commitment to making orthopeadics more representative of, and accessible to, diverse patient populations.

Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD, ’87 GME, chief of Sleep Medicine and the Benjamin and Virginia T. Boshes Professor of Neurology, is the recipient of the Sleep Research Society’s 2020 Distinguished Scientist Award, in recognition of her sustained contributions to sleep and circadian research.

Murad Alam, MD, ’06 MS, ’15 MBA, vice chair of Dermatology and professor of Dermatology, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and Surgery in the Division of Organ Transplantation, will enter a four-year term on the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Board of Directors. He currently serves the AAD as an associate editor for Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and is the chair of the AADA’s Congressional Policy Committee. He is also past-president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and a past treasurer for the Women’s Dermatologic Society.

Samuel Stupp, ’77 PhD, the Board of Trustees Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, was honored by two major organizations: he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and was also awarded the 2020 Nanoscience Prize from the International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering.

Guillermo Oliver, PhD, director of the Feinberg Cardiovascular and Renal Research Institute – Center for Vascular and Developmental Biology, the Thomas D. Spies Professor of Lymphatic Metabolism and professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, was elected to the Latin America Academy of Sciences for contributions in the field, specifically “the rediscovery of the lymphatic system, a vascular network which was virtually ignored by researchers during the 1900s. The tools and findings generated in Oliver’s laboratory set the stage for recent discoveries of novel functions of the lymphatic vasculature in health and disease. His work also focused in the use of stem cells-derived eye organoids to understand the development of this critical organ.”

Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM