KUMC faculty members' national and international recognition for 2011

December 30, 2011

By KUMC News

KUMC faculty members received dozens of national and international awards in 2011. The list below represents a sample of the notable prizes and other forms of recognition presented to KUMC faculty members for their research, teaching, service and leadership.

Omar Aljitawi, MD
Best Abstract Award, Center for International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research
Aljitawi co-authored a paper about bone marrow transplantation for patients with hematologic malignancies. The paper received a Best Abstract Award at the BMT Tandem Meetings, the combined annual meetings of Center for International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Paul Arnold, MD
Best Clinical Paper, Global Spine Congress Awards
Arnold co-authored a study of patients surgically treated for cervical spondylotic myelopathy. The study, which sought to improve understanding of the complications associated with the surgery, was funded by AO Spine North America. AO Spine is an international community of spine surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, academics, researchers and other spine care professionals.

Paul Callaway, MD
Gold level, Program Director Recognition Award, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors
The Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors created this award to recognize the achievements of program directors in light of their unique roles, responsibilities and challenges. The performance measures include scholarly activity, peer development, professional development and service to organized family medicine.

James P. Calvet, PhD
Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease
The International Society of Nephrology collaborates with the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation on this prize, which was created to stimulate interest in advancing polycystic kidney disease research and to recognize those who have increased the understanding and treatment of the disease, a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of cysts in the kidneys.

Mark Chertoff, PhD
Outstanding Paper of the Year, Ear and Hearing
Chertoff and Brian Earl, PhD, a hearing and speech postdoctoral fellow, explored new diagnostic tests related to the regeneration of hair cells in the inner ear and their associated auditory nerve fibers. Ear and Hearing is the official journal of the American Auditory Society. Earl accepted the award at the society's annual convention in Phoenix.

Mark Cohen, MD
Best Basic Science Manuscript, Annual Meeting, Society for Surgical Oncology
Cohen was the senior author of the study, which tested a new therapy for squamous cell carcinoma. Cohen, who was elected to the Society of University Surgeons in 2011, was also the senior author of the Best Scientific Paper at the 2011 Southwestern Surgical Congress.  

David Cook, PhD
Fellow, American Council on Education
The American Council on Education represents the nation's large research institutions. Its Fellows Program is the premier mentoring and development program for leaders in higher education, enabling participants to immerse themselves in the culture, policies and decision-making processes of another institution. Cook's fellowship has allowed him to spend one week a month working in the Office of the Provost at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ann McGrath Davis, PhD, MPH
Fellow, American Psychological Association
Election to fellow status requires evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. Fellow status requires that an individual's work has had an impact on the field beyond a local, state or regional level. A high level of competence or steady and continuing contributions is not sufficient to warrant fellow status. National impact must be demonstrated.

Winnie Dunn, PhD
Bridges to Ivory Tower Award, Pediatric Therapy Network
The Pediatric Therapy Network is a non-profit children's therapy center in Southern California founded by therapists and parents committed to providing quality services for children with special needs. The center sponsors an annual research symposium designed to build relationships between researchers and clinicians. The award recognized Dunn for her contributions to occupational therapy and sensory integration.

Nancy E. Dunton, PhD
Honorary fellow, American Academy of Nursing
The American Academy of Nursing each year recognizes individuals who are making outstanding contributions to health care or nursing but are not eligible for regular fellowship. Dunton was one of four individuals to receive this recognition from the academy in 2011.

Babalola Faseru, MD, MPH
Outstanding Peer Reviewer Award, Journal of General Internal Medicine
Reviewers included in this prestigious group performed at least two reviews over a period of 12 months, returned all reviews within 30 days and received a quality score of four or greater on all reviews. Separately, Faseru was the first author of an article designated for continuing medical education activity. Several KUMC researchers and faculty members collaborated on the study, which focused on the tobacco treatment service at the University of Kansas Hospital.

Marc E. Fey, PhD
Honors of the Association, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
A lifetime achievement award, Honors of the Association recognizes American Speech-Language-Hearing Association members for their contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. The award was presented to Fey and seven others at the association's annual convention.

Michael H. Fox, ScD
First place, Research Awards, American Rehabilitation Counseling Association
Fox and his co-authors (including two researchers at the University of Kansas) studied the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the psychosocial health of people with disabilities. Fox and his colleagues collected more than 50 interviews, capturing stories that, in their words, "combined elements of heroism, luck and endurance with a consistently optimistic variation of moving forward to transcend the incredible difficulties each individual faced." The study appeared in Rehabilitation Psychology.

Jared Grantham, MD
John P. Peters Award, American Society of Nephrology
This prestigious award is given to individuals who have made substantial research contributions in nephrology and have sustained achievements in one or more domains of academic medicine, including clinical care, education and leadership. Grantham is one of only three individuals to have won the both the Peters award and the nephrology society's Homer W. Smith Award.

Tomas Griebling, MD, MPH
Outstanding Peer Reviewer Award, Journal of Urology
Griebling serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Urology, among other publications. He was recognized for his efforts in neurourology and voiding dysfunction. He previously won an Outstanding Peer Reviewer award from the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

S. Samuel Kim, MD
Star Award, American Society of Reproductive Medicine Star Award
The Star Award is given to American Society of Reproductive Medicine members who have continuously contributed presentations at association's annual meeting for at least 10 years. Kim's most recent presentation involved DNA damage and repair after ovarian cryobanking.

Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD
Integrative Medicine Award, Prevention magazine
Lakkireddy has studied the effects of yoga in patients with irregular heart rhythms called atrial fibrillation. His study showed that patients who participated in a supervised yoga program experienced fewer atrial fibrillation episodes, felt less anxious and depressed, and had an improved quality of life. The results led Prevention magazine to recognize the clinical benefits of yoga in heart rhythm conditions and honor Lakkireddy with an Integrative Medicine Award.

Martin Mainster, PhD, MD
International Gold Medal, Intraocular Implant & Refractive Society, India
The chief minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit, presented this award at the society's annual conference in New Delhi. Mainster also gave three lectures, including the keynote address.

Matthew Mayo, PhD
Fellow, American Statistical Association
Mayo was one of 58 fellows recognized in 2011 by the American Statistical Association for outstanding contributions and leadership in the field of statistical science. The designation has been the ASA's superlative honor for nearly 100 years. Individuals are nominated by fellow members, who elect no more than one-third of one percent of the association's 18,000 members each year.

David Netherton, MD
Exemplary Teaching Award, American Academy of Family Physicians
This award recognizes a member of the academy who has excellent teaching skills and who has implemented outstanding programs or developed innovative teaching models. In addition to serving as a volunteer faculty member for the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, Netherton is a family physician at Primary Care Associates and a community preceptor for Wesley Family Medicine Residency.

Geri B. Neuberger, RN, EdD
Master Educator Award, Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals
Neuberger's interest in rheumatology is longstanding. Her master of nursing thesis tested a program to help patients with rheumatoid arthritis remember to take their medications. She has conducted several studies with persons with arthritis related to their self-care and symptom management activities. She is now the scientific editor for the development of a Fundamentals of Rheumatology continuing-education online program for nurses and health professionals that is funded by the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals.

Randolph J. Nudo, PhD
2011 Outstanding Neurorehabilitation Clinician-Scientist Award, American Society of Neurorehabilitation
Nudo received the clinician-scientist award at a joint meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Society of Neurorehabilitation. At the meeting, he presented a lecture on his work in the area of neuroprosthetic tools for repair of the injured brain. Separately, the British Medical Association placed a book Nudo co-wrote, Brain Repair After Stroke, on a short list of highly commended neurology medical books.

Linda J. Redford, RN, PhD
Anne McKinley Rural Aging Award, National Council on Aging
Redford's efforts to deliver geriatric education to health providers in rural areas began in the 1980s. She is the former director of the National Resource and Policy Center on Rural Long-Term Care and the Quentin N. Burdick Rural Interdisciplinary Program. Since 1999, she has directed the Central Plains Geriatric Education Center at KUMC.

Sally Rigler, MD
Best Paper in Epidemiology, Annual Meeting, American Geriatrics Society
Rigler presented a paper titled "Increased Fracture Risk after Antipsychotic Initiation in Nursing Home Residents." Her collaborators on the project included Edward Ellerbeck, MD, MPH; Jonathan Mahnken, PhD; and Theresa Shireman, PhD.

Jeff Searl, PhD
Clinical Excellence Award, International Association of Laryngectomees
This award recognizes "outstanding promise and commitment to the mission of International Association of Laryngectomees," a non-profit group composed of approximately 250 member clubs and regional organizations. Searl received the award at the association's annual meeting, which was held in Kansas City, Mo.

Carol Smith, RN, PhD
Honorary degree in medicine, University of Turku
Over the past decade, Smith has served as a visiting faculty member at the University Turku in Finland. She has taught a course in research methods for clinical trials to medical, nursing and allied health students and to post-doctoral students from the European Nursing Doctoral Program. First awarded in 1647, the honorary degree comes with an engraved cermonial Viking sword.

John Sutphin Jr., MD

Distinguished Service Award, American Academy of Opthalmology
This award honors an individual or organization for ongoing notable service to ophthalmology and the academy. In 2011, the award was presented to the Council, which serves as the advisory body to the academy's Board of Trustees.

Cynthia Teel, RN, PhD
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
Admission to the American Academy of Nursing requires specific evidence of outstanding contributions to the improvement of nursing at the national or international level or illustration of how regional impact demonstrates potential for national application. Teel was the only nurse leader in Kansas to be inducted into the 2011 Class of Fellows.

George Varghese, MD
Frank H. Krusen Lifetime Achievement Award, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The Krusen award is the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation's highest honor. The gold medallion recognizes outstanding and unique contributions in the areas of patient care, research, education and administration as well as service to the profession through the academy.

Did we miss a national award from 2011 that belongs on this list? Please contact David Martin in Communications at dmatin3@kumc.edu.

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