Faculty Affairs

2018 Faculty Teaching Awards

2018 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, PhD
Professor, Immunobiology

Helen M. Amerongen, PhD
Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

John W. 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
Associate 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; Cellular and 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, PhD
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
Erika Bracamonte, MD

Departments of Pathology and Medicine

Excellence in Clinical Science Teaching, Undergraduate Curriculum
Robert Segal, MD

Department of Medicine

Excellence in Graduate Medical Education
James McClenathan, MD

Department of Surgery

Excellence in Graduate Student Education
Lonnie Lybarger, PhD

Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Excellence with Innovation in Medical Education
Taylor Riall, MD, PhD

Department of Surgery

In addition, one faculty member was honored by AMES with an excellence in teaching award:

Excellence in Clinical Science Teaching
Elaine Situ-LaCasse, MD

Department of Emergency Medicine

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.

Basic Science Educator of the Year Lifetime Award

Amy Sussman, MD
Department of Medicine

Outstanding Teacher in a Block

Year I
Katalin Gothard, MD, PhD
Nervous System Block Department of Physiology and Neuroscience

Year II
Patricia Lebensohn, MD
Longitudinal Curriculum Department of Family & Community Medicine

Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching

Year I
Deborah Fuchs, MD

Foundations Block Department of Pathology

Jean Wilson, PhD
Digestion, Metabolism, Hormones Block Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Elizabeth Juneman, MD
Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Renal Systems Block Department of Medicine

Year II
Marc Tischler, PhD
Digestion, Metabolism, and Hormones Block Department of Biochemistry

Tejal Parikh, MD
Life Cycle Block Department of Family and Community Medicine

Diana Darnell, PhD
All Blocks Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching by a Block

Year I - Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Renal
John Bloom, MD
Block Director
Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology

Year II  - Life Cycle
Tejal Parikh, MD
Block Director
Department of Family and Community Medicine Faculty

Outstanding Use of Educational Technology

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

Educator of the Year

Amy N. Sussman, MD
Department of Medicine

Deans List for Excellence in Teaching

Carlos Gonzales, MD
Department of Family and Community Medicine

John Bloom, MD
Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology

Joao Ferreira, MD
Department of Medicine

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

Micah Etter, MD
Department of Neurology

Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching by a Houseofficer

Bonnie Barbee, MD
Department of Medicine

Kris Kumar, DO
Department of Medicine

Leslie Hernandez, MD
Department of Psychiatry

Preceptor Awards

Seventh 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.

Donald Smith, MD
Green Valley, Arizona Family Practice

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.

Matthew Hinton, MD
Pediatrics – Prescott

Judith A. Hunt, MD
Medicine/Pediatrics – Payson

Charlotte Richards, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology – San Luis

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.

Paul R. Gordon, MD
Department of Family & Community Medicine
Harry M. McDermott, MD
UA Campus Health Service

Administrative and Clinical Support Staff Awards

Support Staff of the Year

Year I
Jennifer Yelich
Curricular Affairs

Year II
Jennifer Yelich
Curricular Affairs

Year III/IV
Selma Ajanovic
Student Affairs

Clinical Support Staff of the Year

Year III/IV
Julie Tary
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology