Faculty Notes

November–December 2012

Gregory Ator, M.D.

Gregory AtorAtor, chief medical informatics officer for The University of Kansas Hospital and University of Kansas Physicians and associate professor of otolaryngology, has been named one of the top 25 health informatics experts in the nation by Modern Healthcare magazine. Ator leads the team that developed and is implementing O₂, the hospital's clinical information system. He is also director of the otology/neurotology division and the audiology/vestibular rehabilitation lab.

Winnie Dunn, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA

Winnie DunnDunn, professor and chair of occupational therapy, has been named a Chancellors Club teaching professor. Recipients are selected based on outstanding teaching performance as acknowledged by students and colleagues. Dunn is a former recipient of the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. She researches people's responses to sensory experiences in everyday life.

Douglas Girod, M.D.

Doug GirodGirod, senior associate dean for clinical affairs and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, has been named the executive vice chancellor for the University of Kansas Medical Center. He joined the faculty in 1994 and quickly rose through the academic ranks, becoming chair of the otolaryngology in 2002. He was named Russell E. Bridwell Endowed Chair in 2008. Girod has served on the editorial boards of several scholarly publications, has received numerous professional awards and honors, and has led or participated in a dozen international medical missions. He begins his new duties on Feb. 1, 2013.

Nelda Godfrey, Ph.D., RN; Janet Pierce, DSN, ARNP; and Kristine Williams, Ph.D., RN

Kristi WilliamsJanet PierceNelda GodfreyThree faculty members in the School of Nursing have been selected as fellows of American Academy of Nursing. Godfrey, associate professor of nursing, is the senior associate dean for undergraduate programs. She is interested in clinical and professional ethics, particularly in helping to define how professional identity is formed and fostered. Pierce, professor of nursing, investigates different pathophysiologic mechanisms involved in human illness, such as hemorrhagic shock and diaphragm fatigue. She teaches biophysiologic concepts of diseases. Williams, associate professor of nursing, studies interventions to improve care for older adults by enhancing nursing communication, providing cognitive training for improved self-care and using technology to support caregivers. Her research has empirically linked "elderspeak" communication to behavior of persons with dementia.

School of Medicine Annual Faculty Retreat

Seven individuals received awards at the School of Medicine Annual Faculty Retreat. Joseph Fontes, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Pam Shaw, M.D., professor of pediatrics, received the Ruth Bohan Teaching Professorship. Faris Farassati, Ph.D., PharmD., associate professor of medicine, and Albert Buddy Poje, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, received awards for mentoring post-doctoral fellows and residents, respectively. Ed Ellerbeck, M.D., M.P.H., Sosland Family Professor and chair of preventive medicine and public health, received the Executive Dean's Excellence in Mentoring Award. Thomas Pazdernik, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, toxicology and therapeutics, received the Jayhawk Lifetime in Mentoring Award. Karen Miller, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of the schools of Nursing and Health Professions, received the Glendon G. Cox ING Leadership Award.

October 2012

Barbara Atkinson, M.D.

Barbara AtkinsonAtkinson, former executive vice chancellor of KU Medical Center and executive dean of the School of Medicine, has been honored with a professorship. A cytopathologist by training, Atkinson oversaw a dynamic period in the medical center's history, leading the efforts to apply for National Cancer Institute designation and expand the medical schools in Salina and Wichita. The inaugural recipient of the Barbara F. Atkinson, M.D., Professorship in Pathology is Fang Fan, M.D., Ph.D.

Richard Barohn, M.D.

Richard BarohnBarohn, chair and the Gertrude and Dewey Ziegler Professor of Neurology, has received the 2012 Chancellors Club career research award. Barohn develops multidisciplinary, international research treatment trials in rare neuromuscular diseases. The author of more than 200 research publications, he currently leads four multicenter trials in muscle disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The results of one of his studies in muscle disease were just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Ana Paula Cupertino, Ph.D.

Paula CupertinoCupertino, assistant professor of preventive medicine and public health, has been named a recipeint of the Carlos F. Cortes Award Humanitarian of the Year award by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. This award is presented to an individual who exemplifies the traits of volunteering, community service and tireless dedication to the well-being of the Hispanic community. Cupertino is the director of Juntos, which seeks to generate and disseminate knowledge to eliminate health disparities in the underserved Latino communities in Kansas. 

Phillip Johnson, M.D.

Phillip JohnsonJohnson, chair of radiology, has received the Arch W. Templeton Distinguished Professorship in Diagnostic Radiology. In addition to his duties as a clinician, teacher and administrator, Johnson has published more than 35 articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including the American Journal of Neuroradiology and the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. His research interests are primarily focused on neuroradiology and interventional radiology.

Joe Lutkenhaus, Ph.D.

Joe LutkenhausLutkenhaus, distinguished professor of microbiology, molecular genetics and immunology, is one of three winners of the 2012 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize. Established in 1967, the prize is Columbia University's top honor for achievement in biomedical and biochemistry research. The award recognizes Lutkenhaus' work to understand the intricate, dynamic and three-dimensional organization of bacterial cells. He and the other winners will present lectures in New York City on Nov. 20.

September 2012

Paul Cheney, Ph.D.

Paul CheneyCheney, professor and chair of molecular and integrative physiology, has been named the inaugural recipient of the new Kathleen M. Osborn Chair in Molecular and Integrative Physiology. The chair of his department since 2002, Cheney is internationally recognized for his neuroscience research and has a 30-year track record of grant support from the National Institutes of Health. His research focuses on two areas: the brain control of movement and the neurological disease associated with HIV/AIDS.

Tracie Collins, M.D., M.P.H.

Tracie CollinsCollins, chair and professor of preventive medicine and public health at the School of Medicine–Wichita, has been named president of the Midwest region of the Society of General Internal Medicine. As president, she will be responsible for oversight of society activities and will lead the planning for next year's annual meeting. Founded in 1978, the society promotes research and education aimed at improving health care for the whole patient.

David Grainger, M.D., M.P.H.

David GraingerGrainger has been appointed chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the School of Medicine–Wichita. He replaces interim chair Kent Bradley, M.D. Grainger previously served as the associate dean for research. He most recently served as professor and vice chair of ob-gyn as well as a professor of family and community medicine and a professor of preventive medicine and public health.

August 2012

Rita Clifford, Ph.D., RN

Rita CliffordClifford, associate dean for community engagement, has been named as one of the Women of Distinction for 2012–2013 by KU's Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center. The award recognizes KU women students, staff, faculty and alumnae for their achievements and contributions to KU, the community or both, serving as role models and challenging gender stereotypes.

Nancy Dunton, Ph.D., FAAN

Nancy DuntonDunton, research professor of nursing, has been awarded the Research Mentor Award by the AcademyHealth organization’s interdisciplinary research group on nursing issues. The group's mission is to support the development of health services research that focuses on nursing practice, workforce and delivery of care. The award recognizes Dunton’s contributions to the career development of young investigators who are engaged in research focused on interdisciplinary health services research on nursing issues.

Beth Levant, Ph.D., and Kim Templton, M.D.

Kim Templeton

Beth LevantLevant and Templeton have received the Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., Excellence in Medicine and Science award. Named in honor of a distinguished alumna, the award recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of women faculty in the School of Medicine. Levant, professor of pharmacology, toxicology and therapeutics, studies how drugs affect the brain. Templeton, professor of orthopedic surgery, specializes in orthopedic oncology and is editor of a forthcoming book about women's sports injuries. She is also president of the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative and was recently elected president of the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts and vice-chair of the School of Medicine's promotion and tenure committee. Levant and Templeton received their awards at the School of Medicine's Women in Medicine and Science annual conference.

Garold Minns, M.D.

Garold MinnsMinns, professor and program director of internal medicine, has been named dean of the School of Medicine–Wichita. Minns has served as the associate dean for academic and student affairs on the Wichita campus and will continue to perform those functions in his new role. Minns replaces David Wilson, M.D., who is leaving to serve as special assistant to the dean for educational development at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Minns has also been also named by Gov. Sam Brownback to the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.

Carol Smith, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Carol SmithSmith, professor of nursing, has been inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by Sigma Theta Tau International. The award honors nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained recognition for their work and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves. The award was presented at 23rd International Nursing Research Congress in Brisbane, Australia. Smith was nominated for the award by the Delta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau at KU.

Giulia Bonaminio, Ph.D.

Guilia BonaminioThe International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) presented Bonaminio, associate dean for medical education, with a Master Scholar Award at its annual meeting in Portland, Oregon. The award recognizes IAMSE members who have a distinguished record of educational scholarship, including educational research or dissemination of excellent and scholarly approaches to teaching and education, or both.

Douglas Horbelt, M.D.

Doug HorbeltHorbelt, former chair and professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology at the KU School of Medicine–Wichita, has received the National Faculty Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. The award recognizes physicians who promote high standards of residency education in the ob-gyn field.

June 2012

Shikrant Anant, Ph.D., and Danny Welch, Ph.D.

Danny WelchShrikant AnantAnant and Welch have been invested with professorships in recognition of their cancer research. Anant, professor of molecular and integrative physiology, was appointed to the Tom and Teresa Walsh Professor in Cancer Prevention. He studies gene regulation in inflammation and cancer, cancer stem cells and chemoprevention. Welch, professor and chair of cancer biology, was appointed to the Hall Family Foundation Professorship in Molecular Medicine. His research focuses on the mechanisms by which tumor cells acquire the ability to metastasize.

Glendon G. Cox, M.D., M.B.A., M.H.S.A.

Glen CoxCox, chair of health policy and management and director of the Institute for Community and Public Health, has been named senior associate dean for medical education. In his new role, Cox will will lead the School of Medicine's re-accreditation process, which culminates in a site visit by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in the fall of 2013. He will also oversee our offices of medical education, student affairs, admissions, cultural enhancement and diversity, and rural medical education, as well as the Salina campus. Cox served as vice dean senior associate dean of medical education from 2000 to 2008.

Andrew Godwin, Ph.D., and Raymond Perez, M.D.

Ray PerezAndy GodwinGodwin and Perez have been invested with a chair and professorship, respectively, in recognition of their cancer research. Godwin, director of molecular oncology in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine and associate director for translational research at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, was appointed to the Chancellor's Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Sciences. He is a leading scientist in the field of personalized medicine and drug development, Perez, medical director of the University of Kansas Clinical Research Center, was invested with the Floriene and George Lieberman Family Professorship. His research interests include early-phase clinical trials of molecular targeted anticancer drugs and modulation of intracellular signaling.

Deborah Haynes, M.D.

Deborah HaynesHaynes, clinical professor of family and community medicine in Wichita, was named the 2012 Kansas Family Physician of the Year by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians. The award recognizes outstanding characteristics and contributions to community and family medicine. Haynes is the first woman to receive the award.

Marilee Means, Ph.D.

Marilee MeansMeans, director of the School of Health Professions' cytotechnology program, has been selected to receive the 2012 American Society of Cytopathology's Cytotechnologist Award for Outstanding Achievement. A member since 1978, Means has served on the society's executive board and& has chaired the cytotechnology program review committee. She is currently chair of the cytotechnology educational resources committee. The Award for Outstanding Achievement is the highest honor that the society bestows.

Robert Freelove, M.D., and Mary Beth Miller, M.D.

Mary Beth MillerRobert FreeloveFreelove and Miller, clinical associate professors of family and community medicine in Wichita, have been selected for 2012 Exemplary Teaching Award from the Kansas Academy of Physicians. The academy presents two teaching awards each year. Freelove, director of the residency program at Smoky Hill Family Medicine in Salina, was recognized in the part-time/-full-time category. Miller, a family physician in St. Francis, was recognized in the volunteer category.

Gregory Unruh, M.D.

Greg UnruhUnruh, associate professor anesthesiology, has been named associate dean for graduate medical education. Beginning in 1988, he functioned as the director of anesthesiology education before assuming the formal title of program director in 2009. He was as a member of the graduate medical education committee and, later, the GME executive committee. He also assisted in the rewriting of the substance abuse section of the GME policy and procedure manual.

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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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