Faculty Notes

Recognizing the honors, achievements and service of University of Kansas Medical Center faculty members

April 2014

Kim Templeton, M.D.

Templeton

Templeton, professor of orthopedic surgery, has been selected to be inducted into the University of Kansas Women's Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame winners are exemplary KU alumnae, faculty and staff women, who through their significant contributions and achievements, overall impact and outstanding character serve as role models for students. Templeton is immediate past president of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative and the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts and is a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners. She was recently named co-chair of the National Quality Forum Musculoskeletal Standing Committee.

Prateek Sharma, M.D.

Prateek

Sharma, professor of gastroenterology and hepatology and fellowship program director, will receive the 2014 American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Distinguished Endoscopic Research Mentoring Award. Sharma was chosen to receive the award for his stewardship and development of trainees in endoscopic research. GI trainees have maintained a 100 percent board pass rate, published more than 20 first-authored peer-reviewed papers, and become prominent in the field of endoscopic research. The award will be presented at the ASGE’s 10th annual Crystal Awards ceremony in May.

February 2014

Indranil Biswas, Ph.D.

Indranil BiswasBiswas, professor of microbiology, molecular genetics and immunology, has been named a U.S. fellow in the Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Program. His main research interests are bacterial pathogenesis and bacterial antibiotic resistance. His Fulbright research will focus on understanding the molecular mechanisms by which bacterial pathogens acquire the New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-1 gene and steps that might be taken to halt the spread of this antibiotic resistance marker. He will spend four months at Christian Medical College–Vellore and other universities in India.

Carl Weiner, M.D., M.B.A.

Carl WeinerWeiner, the K.E. Krantz Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, presented an award-winning abstract at the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine meeting in New Orleans on Feb. 6. Winning in the Clinical Obstetrics category was his presentation “5-year experience with PROMPT (PRactical Obstetric Multidisciplinary Training) reveals sustained and progressive improvements in obstetric outcomes at a US hospital.” The study demonstrated successful outcomes over a five-year period using PROMPT simulation training and initiating mandatory, annual training of all OB personnel. Collaborating on the study were Linda Samuelson, clinical research coordinator; Leigh Collins, nurse manager; and Catherine Satterwhite, Ph.D., professor of preventive medicine and public health. The study was also published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

January 2014

Elizabeth Ablah, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Liz AblahAblah, associate professor of preventive medicine and public health at the KU School of Medicine–Wichita, has been appointed to the Kansas Governor's Council on Fitness. Her focus is health promotion, chronic disease prevention, access to health care, and nutrition and physical activity. The council promotes healthy lifestyles to business, schools and families by sharing information about nutrition, physical activity and tobacco prevention and cessation.

Hinrich Staecker, M.D., Ph.D.

Hinrich StaeckerStaecker, professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, will receive the Edmund Prince Fowler Award for a thesis submitted to the Triological Society, the most prestigious society in otolaryngology. His research focuses on developing gene therapy treatments to cure hearing loss and balance disorders. The study he submitted described the development of advanced generation adenovectors for treating loss of vestibular function. He will be inducted as a fellow into the society at a ceremony in May.

Donna Sweet, M.D.

Donna SweetSweet, professor of medicine at the School of Medicine–Wichita, is the president of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County for 2014. The society represents physicians on issues related to the private practice of medicine and is considered one of the most active county medical societies in the country. Sweet succeeds Bart Grelinger, M.D., clinical assistant professor at the School of Medicine–Wichita.

November–December 2013

Randolph J. Nudo, Ph.D.

Randolph NudoNudo, director of the Landon Center on Aging and professor of molecular and integrative physiology, has been named editor-in-chief of the highly rated clinical journal Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. Sponsored by the American Society of Neurorehabilitation and the World Federation of NeuroRehabilitation, the journal is focused on the management and fundamental mechanisms of functional recovery from conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, brain and spinal cord injuries, and peripheral nerve injuries. Nudo assumes his duties on Jan. 1.

Russell Swerdlow, M.D.

Russell SwerdlowSwerdlow, director of the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center, has been named the Gene and Marge Sweeney Professor of Neurology. Swerdlow studies brain energy metabolism and the role it plays in neurodegenerative diseases. His main area of clinical expertise includes the neurodegenerative diseases that affect cognition, especially Alzheimer's disease. The professorship was established through an estate gift created by Mr. and Mrs. Sweeney, who owned and operated the College Motel in Lawrence for 40 years.

October 2013

Faculty Research Day

Faculty Research Day provides researchers with an opportunity to share their work with their colleagues. During the event, individuals are recognized for their excellence in research and contributions to research administration. Charles Little, Ph.D., professor of anatomy and cell biology, received the Chancellors Club Research Award. Robert De Lisle, associate professor of anatomy and cell biology, received the Thomas L. Noffsinger Investigator Award. Patricia Kluding, Ph.D., associate professor of physical therapy and rehabilitation; Warren Nothnick, Ph.D., professor of molecular and integrative physiology; and Sheldon Preskorn, M.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in Wichita, received Faculty Investigator Research Awards. Susan Harp, assistant director for education and research resources at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, and Shari Standiferd, operations manager in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, received Research Grant Administrator Awards.

Richard Barohn, M.D.

Richard BarohnBarohn, chair and Gertrude and Dewey Ziegler Professor of Neurology, has been appointed a University Distinguished Professor. He serves as the principal investigator on the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award and the NeuroNEXT grant at KU Medical Center, and serves as the director of Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. His present research focuses on myopathies, motor neuron disease (including ALS), peripheral neuropathies and myasthenia gravis. He has authored more than 200 journal publications and more than 50 book chapters on various aspects of neuromuscular disease.

Judy Bielby, M.B.A.

Judy BielbyBielby, clinical assistant professor of health information management, has been elected a fellow of the American Health Information Management Association. The fellowship program recognizes association members who made significant and sustained contributions to the profession. Her clinical interests include health care classification and terminology systems; accurate and consistent application of coding rules, conventions, and guidelines; and semantic interoperability.

Janet Pierce, D.S.N., ARNP, CCRN

Janet PiercePierce has been named the next Christine A. Hartley Centennial Professor in Nursing. The Christine A. Hartley Centennial Professorship was funded with a gift from alumna Christine Hartley and her husband, Ross Hartley, to celebrate the School's 100th Anniversary in 2006. The endowed professorship recognizes Pierce's service to the School of Nursing, her record of research accomplishments and funding, and her demonstrated key role in student research mentoring and advising.

John Sutphin, M.D.

John SutphinSutphin, the Luther and Ardis Fry Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology, has been elected vice chair of the American Board of Ophthalmology. A member of the board of directors since 2008, he begins his term in January, with promotion to board chair in January 2015. The American Board of Ophthalmology was founded in 1916 and awards the only medical specialty certificate in ophthalmology recognized by both the American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Medical Association.

September 2013

Stewart Babbott, M.D., and Tracie Collins, M.D., M.P.H.

Tracie CollinsStewart BabbottCollins, chair and professor of preventive medicine and public health at the School of Medicine–Wichita, is now president-elect of the Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine. Babbott, professor of medicine at the School of Medicine's Kansas City campus, is the association's current president. A creation of the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine addresses the increasing complexity faced by primary care physicians, educators, hospitalists and researchers as they take on additional responsibility within their organizations. Collins has recently rotated off another leadership role as president of the Midwest region of the Society of General Internal Medicine.

Charles Little, Ph.D., and John Wood, Ph.D.

John WoodCharles LittleLittle, professor of anatomy and cell biology, has been named a recepient of the Chancellors Club Research Award, and Wood, associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology, has been named a named a Chancellors Club Teaching Professor. Little studies complex biological processes involving the simultaneous interaction of multicellular assemblies during embryogenesis. He has presented nearly 150 seminars worldwide, and he has received numerous national and international academic honors. Wood's research focuses on the mechanisms responsible for microvascular inflammation in various clinical settings. He has received teaching awards from medical students, as well as the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, the Ruth Bohan Teaching Award, and the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. Little and Wood will be honored at the Oct. 4 Chancellors Club celebration in Lawrence.

Donald Milligan, M.D.

Donald MilliganMilligan, assistant professor of family medicine, has received the 2013 Exemplary Teaching Award from the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians. An expert in pharmaceuticals and pain management, he is director of the department's in-patient service. He is a former winner of Mentor of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards from family medicine residents.

Ruth Wetta, RN, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Ruth WettaWetta, associate professor of preventive medicine and public health at the KU School of Medicine–Wichita, was honored at the Kansas Public Health Association's fall conference with the Dorothy Woodin Award. The award is given each year to a public health nurse in recognition of outstanding public health nursing services.

August 2013

School of Medicine Annual Faculty Retreat

Eight individuals received awards at the School of Medicine Annual Faculty Retreat. Tomas Griebling, M.D., M.P.H., the John P. Wolf 33° Masonic Distinguished Professor of Urology, and Michael Werle, Ph.D., associate professor anatomy and cell biology, received the Ruth Bohan Teaching Professorship. Sheldon Preskon, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavorial sciences (Wichita), received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Mentoring ("The Jawyhawk"). Randolph Nudo, Ph.D., professor of molecular and integrative physiology, received the Excellence in Mentoring Award. Nancy Berman, Ph.D., professor of anatomy and cell biology, received the Achievement in Mentoring Post-Doctoral Fellows Award. John Calkins, M.D., professor obstetrics and gynecology, and Richard Dubinksy, M.D., M.P.H., professor of neurology, received the Achievement in Mentoring Residents Award. Steven Stites, M.D., the Peter T. Bohan Professor and Chair of Internal Medicine, received the Glendon G. Cox ING Leadership Award.

Ubolrat Piamjariyakul, Ph.D., RN

Ubolrat PiamjariyakulPiamjariyakul, associate professor of nursing, has been selected by the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing to receive the 2013 Arteriosclerosis/Heart Failure Translational Research Prize. The award, which will be presented at the council’s annual dinner in November, recognizes outstanding research by nurse investigators in the area of arteriosclerosis, heart failure or both.

July 2013

Kathy Davis, Ph.D.; Diane Ebbert, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-B; and Edward Ellerbeck, M.D., M.P.H.

Ed EllerbeckDiane EbbertKathy Davis

Davis, Ebbert and Ellerbeck have been selected to receive the 2013 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding classroom teaching. Davis, assistant professor of pediatrics, specializes in teaching health care professionals about the educational and psychosocial needs of children with chronic and frequently life-threatening illnesses. Ebbert, assistant professor of family medicine and assistant professor of nursing, sees patients in a collaborative clinic that is a model for family medicine residents and medical students, while also teaching multiple courses in the School of Nursing. Ellerbeck, professor and chair of preventive medicine and public health, developed and leads the Health of the Public course, a four-week clerkship for fourth-year medical students.

Buddhadeb Dawn, M.D.

B. DawnDawn, the Maureen & Marvin Dunn professor of cardiovascular diseases and director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, has been appointed executive director for the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center. His research interests include the biology of adult stem cells, and he is engaged in promising research involving the use of adult stem cell therapy for cardiac repair. Created by the Kansas Legislature in 2013, the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center will focus on activities that advance adult, cord blood and related stem cell and nonembryonic stem cell research and therapies for patient treatment.

Gretchen Dickson, M.D., M.B.A.

Gretchen DixonDickson, assistant professor of family and community medicine at the Wichita campus, has been named director of Wichita's family medicine residency program at Wesley Medical Center. The position was previously held by Paul Callaway, M.D., who was recently named an associate dean. For the past three years, Dickson has directed the family medicine clerkship program in Wichita..

Robert Klein, Ph.D.

Robert KleinKlein, Chancellors Club teaching professor of anatomy and cell biology and associate dean for professional development and faculty affairs, has been named vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies. In his new role, he will oversee activities related to academic affairs, graduate studies, international programs, faculty professional development, faculty governance and institutional reporting of faculty information. He succeeds Allen Rawitch, who begins phased retirement this summer. Klein assumes his position on July 15.

Lou Wetzel, M.D.

Lou WetzelWetzel, professor and vice chair of radiology, has been elected chief of the medical staff at The University of Kansas Hospital. He has extensive experience in the use of radiology on bone and soft tissue cancers and in polycystic kidney disease. He has served in many leadership roles in the School of Medicine and he has received numerous teaching awards.

June 2013

Diane Ebbert, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-B

Diane EbbertEbbert, assistant professor of family medicine and director of advanced practice programs in the School of Nursing, has been named the Kansas recipient of the State Award for Excellence from the American Association for Nurse Practitioners. The awards recognize excellence in clinical practice as well as individuals who work to increase the awareness and acceptance of nurse practitioners.

Carol Fabian, M.D.

Carol FabianFabian, distinguished professor of medicine and Kansas Masonic cancer research chair, has been presented a Pearl Award from the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri. The award recognizes female leaders who are achieving excellence in their field and are role models for other women and girls. This year's event focused on women achieving excellence in science, technology, engineering and math.

Michael Soares, Ph.D.

Michael SoaresSoares, distinguished professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, has been elected a director of the Society for the Study of Reproduction. The director of the Institute for Reproductive Health and Regenerative Medicine, he investigates specialized survival strategies used by the embryo as it grows within the uterus.

May 2013

Martha Baird, Ph.D., APRN/CNS-BC, CTN-A

Martha BairdBaird, assistant professor of nursing, has won the the Jean Johnson Nursing Research Development Award. The award, made possible by a KU School of Nursing alumna, supports pilot projects as well as ongoing studies. The 2013 award recognizes Baird's effort to translate the Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25, an inventory which measures symptoms of anxiety and depression, into Dinka, a tribal language used in South Sudan.

Giulia Bonaminio, Ph.D.

Guilia BonaminioBonaminio, associate dean for medical education, has graduated from the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program at Drexel University. Established in 1995, the program is the only in-depth national program dedicated to preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine, dentistry and public health to move into positions of institutional leadership.

Paul Callaway, M.D.

Paul CallawayCallaway, clinical professor of family and community medicine, has been appointed associate dean for graduate medical education at the KU School of Medicine–Wichita. He previously served as the Wesley Family Medicine program director. He has received numerous teaching awards and has been part of developing efforts targeting diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Andy Godwin, Ph.D.

Andy GodwinGodwin, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, has been appointed deputy director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center. Recognized for his studies of gastrointestinal stromal tumors, breast cancer and ovarian cancer, he is the director of molecular onclogy and the biospecimen repository at the cancer center. He was named a Kansas Bioscience Authority Eminent Scholar in 2010 and the Chancellor's Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Sciences Endowed Professor in 2012.

Michael Parmely, Ph.D.

Michael ParmelyParmerly, professor of microbiology, molecular genetics and immunology, has been named chair of the department. The interim chair of on two occasions (1991-1994, 2008-present), he has played a crucial role in the growth of the department, which ranks among the top 25 public medical school microbiology programs in direct funding from the National Institutes of Health. He researches the human body's immune responses to important bacterial pathogens.

Sue Popkess-Vawter, Ph.D, RN

Sue Popkess-VawterPopkess-Vawter, professor of nursing, has been named the recipient of the Phyllis Keeney Lawrence Teaching Award, given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates a superior record of teaching performance, makes significant contribution to curriculum development and utilizes innovative approaches in teaching. Lawrence was a 1990 graduate of the School of Nursing. Her family established the award after her death. Popkess-Vawter will be acknowledged at the ceremony on May 18.

Ryan Spaulding, Ph.D.

Ryan SpauldingSpaulding, associate professor of health policy and management, has been named interim associate vice chancellor of the Institute for Community Engagement. He will continue to serve in his roles as director of the Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth and communications core director for the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) as he leads the medical center's community engagement efforts.

April 2013

Kathy Davis, Ph.D.

Kathy DavisDavis, assistant professor of pediatrics, has been inducted into the University of Kansas Women's Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes KU alumnae, faculty and staff women who, through their significant contributions and achievements, overall impact and outstanding character, serve as role models for students as career women and community leaders. Davis, an expert on pediatric palliative care, is the founder and director of KU Kids Healing Place.

Ubolrat Piamjariyakul, Ph.D., RN, and Steven Simpson, M.D.

Steven SimpsonUbolrat PiamjariyakulPiamjariyakul, associate professor of nursing, and Simpson, professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine, have been awarded Health Outcomes Research grants from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. The $50,000 grants recognize research programs that could improve patient health care and reduce health care costs. Piamjariyakul and her team have developed a model for training family members in heart failure home care management. Simpson's research program works to improve the ability of physicians, nurses and other hospital staff to recognize, diagnose and treat severe sepsis.

Kim Templeton, M.D.

Kim TempletonTempleton, professor of orthopedic surgery, has been named an at-large member of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Founded in the 1915, the board develops and manages the United States Medical Licensing Examination, the multi-part professional exam that physicians with an M.D. degree are required to pass before being permitted to practice medicine. The board reviews the current directions of the step exams and looks for new ways to assure the quality of physicians, to improve patient care and to protect the public

March 2013

David Cook, Ph.D.

David CookCook, associate professor of health policy and management and associate vice chancellor for community engagement, has been named the new vice chancellor for the KU Edwards Campus. From 2008 to 2011, he was executive director of the Midwest Cancer Alliance, and from 2005 to 2008 served as assistant vice chancellor for public affairs at the medical center. He is also the associate director of the Institute for Community and Public Health. He assumes his new role on April 15.

John Doull, M.D., Ph.D.

John DoullDoull, emeritus professor of pharmacology, toxicology and therapeutics, has received the Mildred S. Christian Career Achievement Award, the top award from the Academy of Toxicological Sciences. The award recognizes fellows in the academy who have enhanced the practice of toxicology through extraordinary scientific achievement through publications, professional activities and/or leadership. Curtis Klaassen, distinguished professor of medicine, won the award last year.

Jeannine Goetz, Ph.D., RD; Matthew Mayo, Ph.D., M.B.A.; and Debra Sullivan, Ph.D., RD

Debra SullivanMatthew MayoJeannine GoetzGoetz, Mayo and Sullivan have received Leading Light Awards from the Office of the Provost. Now in its second year, the program recognizes KU investigators or co-principal investigators on externally funded grants of $1 million or more awarded during the 2012 fiscal year. Goetz, assistant professor dietetics and nutrition, and Sullivan, professor and chair of dietetics and nutrition, study weight management, including the use of virtual reality. They also explore weight management among different populations, such as individuals with intellecutal and developmental disabilities. Mayo, professor and chair of biostatistics, is interested in clinical trial and experimental design, along with regression and linear models. His collaborative research interests include exercise and obesity, along with cancer and cancer prevention

February 2013

Elizabeth Ablah, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Liz AblahAblah, associate professor of preventive medicine and public health in Wichita, has received an Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education Award from the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education. Ablah leads the Wichita Initiative to Renew the Environment, a community-based initiative that works to identify and address environmental concerns such as vehicular air emissions, Arkansas River water quality and waste management.

Stephen Charles, M.A., M.S.

Stephen CharlesCharles, teaching associate and director of medical education in Wichita, received the Pioneer Award at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare. The award recognizes an individual for pioneering new ways of clinical simulation training.

Sheldon Preskorn, M.D.

Sheldon PreskonPreskorn, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in Wichita, was named to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry's Circle of Honor for 2012. The journal presents the honor to acknowledge the contribution of peer reviewers who have reviewed the greatest number of manuscripts.

Kim Templeton, M.D.

Kim TempletonTempleton, professor of orthopedic surgery, has been selected to receive the Elizabeth Blackwell Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Medical Women's Association. Initiated in 1949, the award is granted to the woman physician who has made the most outstanding contribution to the cause of women in the field of medicine. The award will be presented at the association's annual meeting in New York City in March.

January 2013

Christopher Crenner, M.D., Ph.D.

Chris CrennerCrenner, the Robert Hudson and Ralph Major Chair in the Department of the History and Philosophy of Medicine, has been named the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. Founded in 1946, the journal is one of the premier publications in the field. A source for peer-reviewed research in the history of medicine and science, the journal also has a substantial readership among physicians and is indexed in MedLine, as well as the Social Sciences Citation Index and Historical Abstracts.

Christine Makosky Daley, Ph.D.

Chris DaleyDaley, associate professor of family medicine and preventive medicine and public health, has been elected a fellow in the Society for Applied Anthropology, the top organization in applied anthropology in North America. The director of the Center for American Indian Community Health, Daley is focused on the reduction of health disparities in the American Indian/Alaska Native community and other communities experiencing health disparities. She is also a mixed methodologist focusing on the intersection of qualitative and quantitative methodology.

Joel Hutchins, M.D.

Joel HutchinsHutchins, clinical instructor of family and community medicine in Wichita, has been appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. Hutchins, a family physician in Holton, will serve a four-year term on the 15-member board that licenses and regulates physicians.

Joe Meek, M.D.

Joe MeekMeek, professor emeritus and former dean of the School of Medicine–Wichita, was recognized with the Medical Society of Sedgwick County's announcement of the Dr. Joe Meek Leadership Development Award. This annual award will recognize an emerging physician leader and financially support his or her participation in a variety of local, state and national leadership activities.

Geri Neuberger, RN, Ed.D.

Geri NeubergerGeri Neuberger, professor of nursing, has received the President's Award from the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals. The award acknowledges outstanding service in advancing the goals, ideals and standards of the association. Nueberger was recognized for her work as the scientific editor of a five-module continuing education program for nurses new to rheumatology.

Judith Warren, Ph.D., RN, BC, FAAN, FACMI

Judy WarrenWarren, the Christine A. Hartley Centennial Professor of Nursing, has received the 2012 American Medical Informatics Association Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award, which recognizes a distinguished career with significant impact permeating the care of patients and the discipline of nursing. The assistant director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics at Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Warren helped developed the Simulated E-hEalth Delivery System (SEEDS), now used in more than 50 schools of nursing.

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Faculty Notes marks the achievements of faculty members across the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions. Updated regularly, the page lists select appointments, elections and awards of faculty members in the course of their teaching, research and community engagement. Contact David Martin in the Office of Communications with potential items. 

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