Faculty Notes

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.

Kimberly 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.

Kimberly 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.

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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