College of Medicine – Tucson Recognizes Best in Teaching and Mentoring

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

More than 20 outstanding medical educators were recognized on Thursday, Nov. 8 during the College of Medicine – Tucson’s 39th Annual Faculty Teaching Awards Ceremony.

The awards recognize faculty members for teaching excellence and the ability to encourage intellectual excitement; inspire the discovery of knowledge; and foster critical inquiry in the classroom, lab, hospital or clinic. 

“These awards were conceived to recognize exceptional faculty members who exceed all standards of teaching and mentoring,” said Deputy Dean for Education Kevin Moynahan, MD, who presided over the ceremony.“I am pleased that our college continues this yearly tradition; those who foster supportive learning environments and intellectually inspire the next generation of physicians play a key role in our ability to shape the future of medicine.”

Five faculty members were bestowed with this year’s Vernon and Virginia Furrow Teaching Awards. Recipients were selected by the college’s Academy of Medical Education Scholars (AMES), an internal committee of faculty members who promote excellence in teaching and educational scholarship.  

The 2018 Vernon and Virginia Furrow Teaching Award recipients are:

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


Each year, medical students delve out their own Faculty Teaching Awards. Students nominate outstanding clinical instructors, housestaff, residents, preceptors and educational support staff, among others. This year, more than 25 members of the College of Medicine – Tucson were recognized by students.

To see a full list of the award recipients, view the event program here. The full ceremony was recorded and can be viewed online here.