School of Medicine Celebrates 2024 Faculty Award Recipients

Duke University School of Medicine is proud to acknowledge the faculty members who were selected as recipients of this year’s School of Medicine faculty awards. These are just a few of the awards and recognitions afforded to our community members and we want to congratulate them on these well-deserved honors. Congratulations to the following 2024 Duke School of Medicine Award recipients!

Excellence in Professionalism Award

The Excellence in Professionalism Award recognizes faculty members who exemplify professionalism and personify Duke’s guiding principles of respect, trustworthiness, diversity, teamwork, and learning.

Andrew Alspaugh, MD; Melanie Bonner, PhD; Adrian Hernandez, MD; Kanecia Zimmerman, MD, PhD, MPH
  • Andrew Alspaugh, MD, Professor of Medicine
  • Melanie Bonner, PhD, Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Adrian Hernandez, MD, Professor of Medicine  
  • Kanecia Zimmerman, MD, PhD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics

Gordon G. Hammes Faculty Teaching Award

The Gordon G. Hammes Faculty Teaching Award is intended to recognize continuing excellence in teaching and mentoring and exemplary commitment to the education of graduate students within Basic Science Departments and Graduate Training Programs in the School of Medicine.

Laura Hale, MD, PhD
  • Laura Hale, MD, PhD, Professor of Pathology

Leonard Palumbo Jr., MD Faculty Achievement Award 

The Leonard Palumbo Jr., MD Faculty Achievement Award recognizes members of the School of Medicine faculty who display dedication to compassionate patient care and excellence in the teaching and mentoring of young physicians. The award was created in memory of Dr. Palumbo through an endowment gift by his brother, E. Arthur Palumbo (Trinity College ’49). 

Annemarie Thompson, MD; Amiee Zaas, MD, MHS
  • Annemarie Thompson, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Aimee Zaas, MD, MHS, Professor of Medicine

Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, is designed to recognize compassion and sensitivity in the delivery of health care. This award is presented to faculty members who demonstrate outstanding compassion in the delivery of care; respect for patients, their families, and health care colleagues; and demonstrated clinical excellence.

Seth Cohen, MD, MPH; Kristin Schroeder, MD, MPH
  • Seth Cohen, MD, MPH, Professor of Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences
  • Kristin Schroeder, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Master Clinician/Teacher Awards

The Master Clinician/Teacher Award honors faculty for accomplishment and service in the area of teaching in the School of Medicine or Medical Center. Nominees shall have made an extraordinary commitment to teaching and students.

Anita Kelsey, MD, MBA; Matilda Nicholas, MD, PhD; Theodore Pappas, MD; Madhav Swaminathan, MBBS
  • Anita Kelsey, MD, MBA, Professor of Medicine
  • Matilda Nicholas, MD, PhD, Professor of Dermatology
  • Theodore Pappas, MD, Professor of Surgery
  • Madhav Swaminathan, MBBS, Professor of Anesthesiology

Michelle P. Winn Inclusive Excellence Award

The Michelle P. Winn Inclusive Excellence Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to diversity and inclusion within the School of Medicine community. Nominees should exemplify excellence, innovation, and leadership in helping to create a more diverse and inclusive environment. 

Kenyon Railey, MD
  • Kenyon Railey, MD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health

Research Mentoring Awards

The Research Mentoring Awards recognize faculty members in the School of Medicine for excellence in research mentoring. Excellence can be demonstrated in many ways, such as by the accomplishments of individual mentees, by programs implemented by the mentor, or by exceptional creativity in mentoring.

Career Mentoring Award in Basic and Translational Science

David Madden, PhD
  • David Madden, PhD, Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Career Mentoring Award in Clinical Research 

F. Joseph McClernon, PhD
  • F. Joseph McClernon, PhD, Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Early Career Mentoring Award in Basic and Translational Science

Christopher Holley, MD, PhD
  • Christopher Holley, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine

Early Career Mentoring Award in Clinical Research

Rushina Cholera, MD, PhD; Neha Pagidipati, MD, MPH
  • Rushina Cholera, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Neha Pagidipati, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine

Mentoring Excellence Award in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Rory Goodwin, MD, PhD
  • Rory Goodwin, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Ruth and A. Morris Williams Faculty Research Prize

The Ruth and A. Morris Williams Faculty Research Prize was established to advance research opportunities for early career faculty members and is awarded for research excellence demonstrated at Duke. The 2023 Williams Prize will recognize outstanding contributions in basic science research.

Opeyemi Olabisi, MD, PhD
  • Opeyemi Olabisi, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine

Interprofessional Education Excellence Awards

The Interprofessional Education Excellence Awards, established by Duke AHEAD (Academy for Health Professions Education and Academic Development) honors members who have demonstrated commitment, enthusiasm, competence, and innovation in promoting Interprofessional education in teaching, scholarly work, and/or clinical education. 

  • The DOC-Durham Tech Mobile Lab - The DOC-Durham Tech Mobile Lab is a partnership that enables monthly home visits to complicated patients who are limited in their ability to come to clinic. Learner-created, learner-led & learner-centered, it was launched during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way of continuing to care for patients outside the clinic, while providing an invaluable learning experience for all involved.

Whitehead Scholars Program

The Whitehead Scholars Program, supported through a gift from the Whitehead Charitable Foundation, helps attract and nurture the most promising biomedical researchers to the faculty at Duke University School of Medicine.

Stephen Harward, MD, PhD; Adrianna San Roman, PhD; Rohit Singh, PhD
  • Stephen Harward, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Adrianna San Roman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
  • Rohit Singh, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Cell Biology