Faculty Awards

Each year, faculty are nominated for Emory University Department of Medicine awards in recognition of their outstanding contributions.

Awards include a monetary gift and an inscription on a commemorative plaque awarded at Celebratory Grand Rounds each June. Nominations are solicited from all faculty via email listserv.  

Awards and Previous Winners

Academy of Medical Educators "Teach 12" Award

This award is for Department of Medicine faculty who best exemplify the Academy's "Teach 12" core behaviors that are carried out by our best faculty role models. "Teach 12" promotes:

  • the central roles of humanism, professionalism and caring in patient care
  • the primacy of the doctor-patient relationship in clinical teaching
  • the importance of teaching at the bedside
  • the critical value of bridging the gap between the basic sciences and clinical medicine.

Nomination Details (PDF)

  • 2016: Clifford J. Gunthel (Infectious Diseases)
  • 2015: Lynn Schlanger (Renal Medicine)
  • 2014: Danielle Jones (General Medicine and Geriatrics)
  • 2013: Dustin Smith (Hospital Medicine)

Educator Impact Award

This award is for faculty who have made outstanding contributions as a medical educator as recognized by their peers.

Nomination Details (PDF)

  • 2016: Dustin Smith (Hospital Medicine)
  • 2015: David Schulman (Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine)
  • 2014: Kim Manning (General Medicine and Geriatrics)
  • 2013: Jada Bussey-Jones (General Medicine and Geriatrics)
  • 2012: Wendy Armstrong (Infectious Diseases)
  • 2011: Dan Dressler (Hospital Medicine)

Nanette K. Wenger Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes faculty who have demonstrated outstanding service and citizenship to the Department of Medicine.

Nomination Details (PDF)

2016
Maura George  - Assistant Professor
Octavian Ioachimescu - Associate Professor
Wendy Armstrong - Professor

2015
Julie Hollberg  - Assistant Professor
Vasilis Babaliaros - Associate Professor
Henry Blumberg - Professor

2014
Bryce Gartland - Assistant Professor
James Spivey - Associate Professor
Janice Lea - Professor

2013
Robert Cohen - Assistant Professor
Wendy Book - Associate Professor
Jeffrey Lennox - Professor

2012
Cliff Gunthel -Assistant Professor
Wendy Armstrong - Associate Professor
Eric Honig - Professor

2011
Nurcan Ilksoy - Assistant Professor
Lorenzo DiFrancesco - Associate Professor
Monica Farley - Professor

2010
Thomas Price - Assistant Professor
Erica Brownfield - Associate Professor
Terry Jacobson - Professor

2009
Shanthi Srinivasan - Assistant Professor
Jada Bussey-Jones - Associate Professor
George Shambaugh - Professor

2008
Jason Schieder - Assistant Professor
Joyce Doyle - Associate Professor
Carlos del Rio - Professor

2007
Allen Dollar - Assistant Professor
Rafael Perez - Associate Professor
Joyce (Lisa) Tenover - Professor

2006
Charles Harper - Assistant Professor
Shanthi Sitaraman - Associate Professor
Kenneth Brigham - Professor

Outstanding Clinician Award

This award recognizes faculty who have demonstrated outstanding clinical and collaborative care for patients.

Nomination Details (PDF)

  • 2016: Dhaval Desai (Hospital Medicine)
  • 2015: James Spivey (Digestive Diseases)
  • 2014: Taylor Graves (General Medicine & Geriatrics)
  • 2013: Jennifer Zreloff (General Medicine & Geriatrics)
  • 2012: Adedapo Odetoyinbo (Hospital Medicine)
  • 2011:
    • Specialist: James Bailey (Renal Medicine)
    • Generalist: Clyde Partin (General Medicine & Geriatrics)
  • 2010:
    • Specialist: Stephanie Grossman (Hospital Medicine)
    • Generalist: Lesley Miller (General Medicine & Geriatrics)
  • 2009:
    • Generalist: Stacy Higgins (General Medicine & Geriatrics)
    • Specialist: Kenneth Leeper (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine)


* Please note that prior to 2012, the Outstanding Clinician Award was divided into two different awards; one was given to a Generalist and one to a Specialist.

Outstanding Quality Achievement Award

This award recognizes faculty who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to clinical quality improvement, or quality improvement within teaching, leadership, or research.

Nomination Details (PDF)

  • 2016: Jesse Jacob (Infectious Diseases)
  • 2015: David Murphy (Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine)
  • 2014: James Steinberg (Infectious Diseases)
  • 2013: Abhinav Goyal (Cardiology)
  • 2012: Jay Varkey (Infectious Diseases)
  • 2011: Sheri Tejedor (Hospital Medicine)
  • 2010: Hasan Shabbir (Hospital Medicine)
  • 2009: Nurcan Ilksoy (General Medicine)
  • 2008: Micah Fisher (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine) and Juliet Mavromatis (General Medicine)

Outstanding Scientific Citation Award (Clinical and Basic)

This award recognizes the most outstanding research publication by a faculty member during the past year.

Nomination Details (PDF)

2016
Basic Science: Jau-Yi Li (Instructor, Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Lipids)
Clinical/Translational: Jonathan Colasanti (Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases)
Senior Faculty: S. Tanveer Rab (Associate Professor, Cardiology)

2015
Basic Science: Jyothi Rengarajan (Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases) and Michael Davis (Associate Professor, Cardiology)
Clinical/Translational: Andreas Kalogeropoulos (Assistant Professor, Cardiology) and G. Marshall Lyon (Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases)

2014
Basic Science: Nawazish Naqvi (Cardiology)  
Clinical/Translational: Nadine Rouphael (Infectious Diseases)

2013
Basic Science: David Weiss (Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases) and Tim Read (Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases)  
Clinical/Translational: Srilatha Edupuganti (Infectious Diseases)

2012
Basic Science: Alejandra San Martin (Cardiology)
Clinical/Translational: Abhinav Goyal (Cardiology)

2011
Basic Science: Beth McConnell (Digestive Diseases)
Clinical/Translational: Paula Frew (Infectious Diseases)

2010
Basic Science: Aloke Finn (Cardiology)
Clinical/Translational: Mikhael El Chami (Cardiology)

2009
Basic Science: Mauricio Rojas (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine)
Clinical/Translational: Natasha Khazai (Endocrinology)

2008
Basic Science: Shouwei Han (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine) and Vladimir Pech (Renal Medicine)
Clinical/Translational: Michael Lloyd (Cardiology)

2007
Basic Science: Arash Grakoui (Infectious Diseases)
Clinical/Translational: Susmita Parashar (General Medicine)

2006
Basic Science: Shanthi Srinivasan (Digestive Diseases)
Clinical/Translational: Greg Martin (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine)


*Note: this award recognized early career faculty from 2006-12. As of 2013, the award is for both Instructor/Assistant Professor level and Associate Professor level.

R. Wayne Alexander Excellence in Research Accomplishment

This award recognizes significant contributions to medical knowledge realized through a body of research over an individual’s career.

Nomination Details (PDF)

  • 2016: Arshed Quyyumi (Cardiology)
  • 2015: Carlos del Rio (Infectious Diseases)
  • 2014: Mark Mulligan (Infectious Diseases)
  • 2013: Dean Jones (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine)
  • 2012
    • Basic: Jeff Sands (Renal Medicine)
    • Clinical: David Stephens (Infectious Diseases)
  • 2011
    • Basic: Young-sup Yoon (Cardiology
    • Clinical: Darin Olson (Endocrinology)
  • 2010
    • Basic: Ahsan Husain (Cardiology)
    • Clinical: Reza Fazel (Cardiology)
  • 2009
    • Basic: Roberto Pacifici (Endocrinology)
    • Clinical: Paolo Raggi (Cardiology)
  • 2008
    • Basic: David Harrison (Endocrinology)
    • Clinical: Lawrence S. Phillips (Cardiology)
  • 2007
    • Basic: Hanjoong Jo (Cardiology)
    • Clinical: Gregory S. Martin (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine)
  • 2006
    • Basic: Cornelia Weyand (Immunology)
    • Clinical: Qiang Cai (Digestive Diseases)


*Please note that in 2012, the Outstanding Research Citation Award was changed to Excellence in Research Accomplishment Award to highlight a career's worth of excellence in research. In 2013, the award was named after R. Wayne Alexander, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Medicine from 1999-2013.

Shanthi V. Sitaraman Silver Pear Mentorship Award

This award recognizes faculty who have demonstrated outstanding mentoring to early career faculty within the Emory University Department of Medicine during the past year.

Nomination Details (PDF)

2015
Clinical: Robin E. Rutherford (Digestive Diseases)
Research: Mark Mulligan (Infectious Diseases)

2015
Clinical: Tanveer Rab (Cardiology)
Research: Mike Hart (Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine)

2014
Clinical: Jason Stein (Hospital Medicine)
Research: Igho Ofotokun (Infectious Diseases)

2013
Clinical: Dan Dressler (Hospital Medicine)
Research: Henry Blumberg (Research)

2012
Clinical: William Branch (General Medicine)
Research: W. Robert Taylor (Cardiology)

2011
Clinical: David Guidot (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine)
Research: Carlos del Rio (Infectious Diseases)

2010
Clinical: Angela Caliendo (Infectious Diseases)
Research: Shanthi Sitaraman (Digestive Diseases)

2009
Clinical: Neil Winawer (General Medicine)
Research: Didier Merlin (Digestive Diseases)

2008
Clinical: Guillermo Umpierrez (Endocrinology)
Research: Viola Vaccarino (Cardiology)

2007
Research: Vincent Yang (Digestive Diseases)

2006
Clinical: Terry A. Jacobson (General Medicine)
Research: Jesse Roman (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine)

Golden Apple Teaching Awards

2016

Emory University Hospital - Midtown Ketino Kobaidze Hospital Medicine
Emory University Hospital - Midtown Dan Sorescu Cardiology
Emory University Hospital Maan Jokhadar Cardiology
Emory University Hospital Daniel P. Hunt Hospital Medicine
Grady Lorenzo Di Francesco General Medicine
Grady Michael Connor, Jr. Pulmonary
VA Anna  Austin Von Hospital Medicine
VA Mark J. Shumate Hematology
Juha P. Kokko Award Jeffrey L. Lennox Infectious Diseases



2015

Emory University Hospital - Midtown Willie  H. Smith Hospital Medicine
Emory University Hospital - Midtown Kim Workowski Infectious Diseases
Emory University Hospital Elbert Chun Hospital Medicine
Emory University Hospital Laurence Sperling Cardiology
Grady Francois Rollin General Medicine
Grady Russell Kempker Infectious Diseases
VA Julie Jackson-Murphy Hospital Medicine
VA Ali Kashkouli Renal Medicine
Juha P. Kokko Award Bhavin Adhyaru  General Medicine

2014

Emory University Hospital - Midtown Noble Maleque Hospital Medicine
Emory University Hospital - Midtown Bryan Wells Cardiology
Emory University Hospital Daniel Dressler Hospital Medicine
Emory University Hospital Robert Cole Cardiology
Grady Bhavin Adhyaru General Medicine
Grady Susan Ray Infectious Diseases
VA Rafael Jurado General Medicine
VA Steven Gorbatkin Renal
Juha P. Kokko Award Joyce P. Doyle General Medicine

2013

Emory University Hospital - Midtown Kenneth Leeper, Jr. Pulmonary
Emory University Hospital - Midtown David Watson Hospital Medicine
Emory University Hospital Wendy Armstrong Infectious Diseases
Emory University Hospital David Krakow Hospital Medicine
Grady Allen Dollar Cardiology
Grady Girish Kalra General Medicine
VA Shahed Brown Hospital Medicine
VA Lynn Schlanger Renal
Juha P. Kokko Award Kimberly Manning General Medicine

2012

Emory University Hospital - Midtown Willie Smith, Jr. Hospital Medicine
Emory University Hospital - Midtown Dan Sorescu Cardiology
Emory University Hospital Wendy Armstrong Infectious Diseases
Emory University Hospital David Krakow Hospital Medicine
Grady Allen Dollar Cardiology
Grady Girish Kalra General Medicine
VA Julie Jackson-Murphy Hospital Medicine
VA Lynn Schlanger Renal
Wesley Woods Jonathan Flacker Geriatrics
Wesley Woods N. Wilson Holland, Jr. Geriatrics
Juha P. Kokko Award Joyce Doyle General Medicine

2011

Emory University Hospital - Midtown Ketino Kobaidze General Medicine
Emory University Hospital - Midtown Kenneth Leeper Jr. Pulmonology
Emory University Hospital James Spivey Digestive Diseases
Emory University Hospital Arvinpal Singh Hospital Medicine
Grady John Pittman General Medicine
VA Rafael Jurado General Medicine
VA Maria Ribeiro Hem/Onc
Juha P. Kokko Teaching Award Steven Gorbatkin Renal
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