Faculty Affairs

2017 Faculty Teaching Awards

2017 Faculty Teaching & Vernon and Virginia Furrow Awards

Presented by the Academy of Medical Education Scholars (AMES)

The mission of the AMES is to mentor and support outstanding educators, and to promote excellence in teaching and educational scholarship at all College of Medicine teaching sites. The Academy of Medical Education Scholars recognizes the College’s most outstanding educators and provides a forum for teaching faculty to work together to enhance educational programs. 

The members of the Academy of Medical Education Scholars are:

Nafees Ahmad, MD
Professor, Immunobiology

Helen A. Amerongen, PhD
Professor, Cellular & Molecular Medicine

John Bloom, MD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Medicine

Conrad J. Clemens, MD, MPH
Professor, Pediatrics

Sean P. Elliott, MD
Professor, Pediatrics

Edward D. French, PhD
Professor, Pharmacology

Deborah Fuchs, MD
Assistant Professor, Pathology

Paul R. Gordon, MD, MPH
Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Patricia Lebensohn, MD
Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Kevin F. Moynahan, MD
Professor, Medicine

William J. Adamas-Rappaport, MD
Professor, Surgery and Cellular & Molecular Medicine

Arthur B. Sanders, MD
Professor, Emergency Medicine

Paul A. St. John, PhD
Associate Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Marc E. Tischler, PhD
Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Medicine

Todd W. Vanderah, PhD (Chair)
Professor, Pharmacology, Anesthesiology, and Neurology

Amy L. Waer, MD
Professor, Surgery

AMES Associate Members:

David G. Bear, PhD
Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

David A. Elliott, MD
Assistant Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Herman Gordon, PhD
Associate Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Alice A. Min, MD
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

Tejal M. Parikh, MD
Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Kathy W. Smith, MD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Lisa Stoneking, MD
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

Vernon and Virginia Furrow Awards

Virginia Mann Sugg Furrow, MD. Virginia graduated from medical school in June 1942, one of only two females in her graduating class. During her career as a pediatrician, Virginia treated the young victims of polio and tuberculosis, and was one of the first doctors to treat patients with a new miracle drug called Penicillin.

Married to Vernon Furrow on March 4, 1960, Virginia became his life partner in every sense of the word. She became a loving stepmother to Vernon’s three children, and later a grandmother and great-grandmother to their children and grandchildren. She shared in the dream of Vernon’s small lumber company, which later became Payless Cashway, and served as Vernon’s co-adventurer as they traveled the world together.

She was widely known for her commitment to the College of Medicine and its educational programs. After Vernon’s death, she donated funds in his memory to establish the Furrow Awards (still our principal mechanism for peer recognition of excellence in education) and the Furrow Grants program (the forerunner of the AMES Grants program).

Teaching Awards

Excellence in Basic Science Teaching, Undergraduate Curriculum

Amy N. Sussman, MD
Department of Medicine


Excellence in Clinical Science Teaching, Undergraduate Curriculum

Colleen K. Cagno, MD
Department of Family & Community Medicine


Excellence in Graduate Medical Education

Eric Taylor, MD
Department of Psychiatry


Excellence in Graduate Student Education

Raymond Kah-Meng Wong, PhD, CCP
Department of Pharmacology


Excellence with Innovation in Medical Education

Aaron Leetch, MD, FACEP
Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics


AMES Excellence in Teaching Awards

Excellence in Basic Science Teaching

Zoe Cohen, PhD
Department of Physiology


Excellence in Clinical Science Teaching

Noshene E. Ranjbar, MD
Department of Psychiatry


Faculty Teaching Awards

Outstanding teaching is an integral part of the College of Medicine’s mission and is deserving of significant recognition. These awards recognize faculty members for teaching excellence and their ability to encourage intellectual excitement, inspire the discovery of knowledge, and foster critical inquiry in the classroom or lab.

Lifetime Teaching Award

John W. Bloom, MD
Departments of Pharmacology and Medicine

Year I and II

Awarded by the medical students to faculty members for excellence in teaching the basic science curriculum.

Outstanding Teacher in a Block

Year I

Amy Sussman, MD
Cardiovascular, Pulmonary & Renal Systems Block
Department of Medicine

Year II

Tejal M. Parikh, MD
Life Cycle Block
Department of Family & Community Medicine
 

Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching

Year I

Maria H. Czuzak, PhD
Gross Anatomy Lab & Histology Foundations; Musculoskeletal; Digestion, Metabolism and Hormones; Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, & Renal Systems Block
Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine

Rihan Khan, MD
Nervous System Block
Department of Medical Imaging

Lonnie P. Lybarger, PhD
Foundations Block
Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine

Year II

Erika R. Bracamonte, MD
Cardiovascular, Pulmonary & Renal Systems Block
Department of Pathology

Randy J. Horwitz, MD, PhD
Doctor and Patient Course, Societies Program
Department of Medicine

Tirdad T. Zangeneh, DO
Immunity & Infection Block
Department of Medicine

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching by a Block

Year I — Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Renal Systems

John W. Bloom, MD
Block Director
Departments of Pharmacology and Medicine
 

Year II — Life Cycle

Tejal M. Parikh, MD
Block Director
Department of Family and Community Medicine
 

Outstanding Use of Educational Technology

Diana K. Darnell, PhD
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
 

Year III and IV

Awarded by a vote of the junior and senior medical students to faculty members for compassion, skill and distinction as a physician and teacher.

Educator of the Year

Amy N. Sussman, MD
Department of Medicine
 

Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching

Joao Paulo Ferreira, MD
Department of Medicine

Jessica Moreno, MD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Amy L. Waer, MD
Department of Surgery
 

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching by a Clerkship or Elective Clinical Sciences

Department of Medicine

 

Houseofficer Awards

This award is given by vote of the junior and senior medical classes to hospital Resident Physicians who best exemplify clinical excellence and dedication to teaching.

Houseofficer Educator of the Year

Joshua R. Damian, MD
Department of Surgery
 

Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching by a Houseofficer

Laith Ghazala, MD
Department of Medicine

Codyjo K. Kraemer, MD
Department of Surgery

Sarah Low, MD
Department of Medicine
 

Preceptor Awards

Sixth Annual Community Faculty Clerkship Teaching Award

This award goes to a community faculty preceptor who has demonstrated excellence in teaching third year medical students during their clerkship.

Jolyon D. Schilling, MD
Agave Surgical Associates, PC
Department of Surgery

Rural Preceptor Teaching Award

The Rural Preceptor Teaching Award recognizes an outstanding volunteer physician preceptor from the Rural Health Professions Program, a longitudinal education program designed to nurture interest in rural practice. These primary care physicians practice in small and medium sized communities around Arizona. They precept and teach 1st year, 3rd year and 4th year medical students during rural elective rotations throughout the four years of medical school.

Jennifer Albon, MD
Pediatrics, Douglas, AZ

Andrew J. Aldridge, MD
Surgery, Flagstaff, AZ

Nazhone P. Yazzie, MD
Surgery, Ft. Defiance, AZ
 

Service Awards

Commitment to Underserved People Faculty Service Award

The CUP Faculty Teaching Award celebrates our volunteer physicians who help with CUP. The students nominate a physician who has been a good role model, mentor, and teacher with a real heart for underserved populations.

Patricia Lebensohn, MD
Department of Family and Community Medicine


Administrative and Clinical Support Staff Awards

Recognizes outstanding achievements and exceptional performance by administrative and clinical support staff.

Support Staff of the Year

Year I

Sonya R. Martyna-Seaman
Curricular Affairs
 

Year II

Bianca Dominguez
Student Development
 

Year III/IV

Hildi Williams
Curricular Affairs
 

Clinical Support Staff of the Year

Larissa Gronenberg
Department of Pediatrics