Meet Our Award-Winning Teachers

Our faculty love to teach – the opportunity to participate in education is one of the major reasons they have chosen an academic career at UC Davis Health System.   Their commitment to training the next generation of pathologists shines every day since teaching is a regular part of their daily work. 

Meet a few of our faculty who truly stand out in the crowd as award-winning  teachers.

Sarah Barnhard, M.D.Dr. Barnhard’s personal experience as a graduate of our residency and transfusion fellowship programs brings a special dimension to her educational role as a faculty member, leading to her choice by residents for the 2016 Faculty Teaching Award in Clinical Pathology.  A subspecialty expert in in transfusion medicine and apheresis, Dr. Barnhard brings an additional focus in quality improvement since she is one of the first graduates of UC Davis Health System’s certificate program in healthcare quality improvement.  Dr. Barnhard is also very engaged with medical students as the faculty advisor for the Pathology Student Interest Group.

Here’s what residents say about Dr. Barnhard:

"Dr. Barnhard is such a joy to work with, and she has the estimable ability to turn even the most banal moment into a high-value teachable moment."

"I would love to have more time with Dr. Barnhard for my next Blood bank rotation. There is so much to learn from her."

Dr. Dalton is a surgical pathologist and leads the educational experience at our teaching affiliate, the Mather VA Medical Center.  She is a dedicated teacher who is committed to providing the residents with an outstanding experience during their rotations.  She is a long-standing member of our Residency Advisory Committee and ensures that the VA rotations are aligned with the expectations and standards of our program and the ACGME.  In recognition of her outstanding contributions, the residents honored her with the Resident’s Teaching Award for VA Faculty in 2014.
Here’s what residents say about Dr. Dalton’s teaching:

“Dr. Dalton is one of the very best instructors that we have as part of surg path within the UCD pathology system. I have and continue to learn so much information from her during our teaching sessions. She has been essential in my development as a pathologist.”

“Wonderful teacher with helpful feedback. Clear direction and well organized. Efficient.  Double scoping was awesome and so helpful at my stage!”

“I appreciate Dr. Dalton's patience with teaching, both at the microscope and in particular taking the time to go over grossing step by step on complicated specimens.”

Dr. Gandour-EdwardsDr. Gandour-Edwards is an award-winning teacher who is widely regarded as a master educator within our school. She served as the Instructor of Record for our medical student’s pathology course for many years and received the Tupper Award, our school’s highest honor in medical education. Twice she was awarded  the Kaiser Foundation Teaching Award for excellence in the Clinical Sciences   On three occasions, she was awarded Outstanding Instructor in Basic Sciences by the medical student graduating class. In 2015, the Association of Pathology Chairs honored Dr. Gandour-Edwards as the recipient of the Michele Raible Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest honor for undergraduate medical education in the specialty of pathology for her national contributions to medical education which included her service as chair of the APC’s Undergraduate Medical Education group.  Dr. Gandour-Edwards also teaches in our nursing school’s nurse practitioner/physician assistant program.  She is very active in resident education where she provides clinical teaching while on clinical service..

Here’s what residents say about Dr. Gandour-Edwards’ teaching:

“Dr. Gandour-Edwards was a pleasure to work with. She was very patient in addressing my areas of weakness. She also on multiple occasions came down to the grossing room to see how I was doing. She always gave me feedback there and then when I did something wrong or if I did something right.”

“Dr. Gandour-Edwards is a great educator, taking the time to explain things thoroughly and is always available to answer questions.”

“Good teacher. I would appreciate more learning time with Dr. Gandour-Edwards.”

Dr. GreenDr. Green is a national leader in education who served two terms as Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee for the Association of Pathology Chairs.  As chair of this committee, he guided pathology residency education through major changes due to increased applicants, national changes to the ACGME required curriculum, and the introduction of Maintenance of Certification requirements by the American Board of Pathology.  In recognition of his major contributions during this transformative time, the APC honored with an award for “Extraordinary Service to Pathology Resident Education” in 2008.  Dr. Green has continued his contributions to education as a member of the Education Committee of the Association for Investigative Pathology, and was appointed our residency program director in 2014.  His passion for inspiring others in their careers includes outstanding contributions as a mentor and Dr. Green was recognized with the 2015 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

Here’s what residents say about Dr. Green’s teaching:

“Wonderful teacher. I enjoyed the week this attending was on service and had great confidence in his ability.”

Dr. Gui has distinguished herself as an outstanding teacher in multiple departments.  She is the recipient of the 2015 Ruebner-Rosenquist Excellence in Teaching Award by the Gastroenterology fellows which recognizes her excellence in many educational settings, including her highly regarded multi-disciplinary slide sessions held around the multi-headed microscope which are a favorite of housestaff in both GI medicine and pathology.  One of Dr. Gui most significant contribution to our teaching program has been through her role as grossing room director through which she has greatly enhanced the teaching experience by creating new standardized grossing protocols and initiating regular training sessions for first-year residents and pathology assistants, among other innovations.  The housestaff are highly appreciative of her educational efforts, and consider our training in grossing surgical specimens to be an outstanding experience.

Karen Matsukuma, M.D., Ph.D.The recipient of the residents’ 2016 Faculty Teaching Award in Anatomic Pathology, Dr. Matsukuma joined our faculty in 2015 as a gastrointestinal and liver pathologist. Dr. Matsukuma has enhanced our training program by creating new standardized grossing templates for GI specimens in surgical pathology, and through her participation in departmental educational workshops and committees to improve the educational experience.  She is also very active in medical student teaching.  Here’s what residents say about Dr. Matsukuma:

“Working with Dr. Matsukuma is a pleasure. She is crazy smart, efficient, available, and friendly. She treats everyone with a great deal of respect, and is always working hard to see the value and potential for learning in everything around her. She is an inspiration and a role model.”

“Great attending to work with! Very approachable and enthusiastic about resident education. High yield learning.”

“One of the things that I most appreciate about Dr. Matsukuma is that she gives everyone time to speak. Many attendings (and physicians in general) will interrupt people after about 75% of a sentence. But, Dr. Matsukuma gives everyone enough room to get all of their thoughts out ‐‐ and she does it because she's genuinely interested in learning how someone is thinking, and hearing what they have to say. It refreshing, respectful, and greatly appreciated.”

Dr. OlsonDr. Olson is an award-winning teacher who has twice received the annual Faculty Teaching Award from our residents, the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology’s annual Ruebner-Rosenquist Award for outstanding teaching and recipient of the 2015 Kaiser Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching.  Dr. Olson also plays a leadership role in medical student education and serves as the Instructor of Record for our highly rated general and systemic pathology courses for medical students, in addition to a popular elective in GI pathology. She is very active in resident education and provides clinical teaching while on clinical service, in addition to didactic lectures in the residents lecture series.

Here’s what residents say about Dr. Olson’s teaching:

“Dr. Olson is a delight to work with as a resident.  She is a thoughtful teacher and challenges the residents to know full details about their cases and patients.  She explains the finer points of GI pathology effortlessly and has an open door policy for  questions.  She even entrusts the GI service to advanced residents so they can attempt management and triage of cases on their own.”

“I can’t say enough about Dr. Olson.  She is a great teacher, pathologist and role model.”

“Dr. Olson always takes the time to answer my questions, gives ample feedback on ways to improve, and is always available to help.  She takes the time to go over slides on sign-out and teaches in an organized fashion that makes learning much easier.”

Dr. RashidiRecruited to our department in 2014 for his award-winning teaching skills as well as his outstanding diagnostic skills, Dr. Rashidi is a recipient of the Clinical Pathology Teacher of the Year award from UCSD path residents, and  UCSD's Kaiser Teaching Award for his excellence in educating first year medical students.  An innovator of digital teaching resources, Dr. Rashidi is well-known as the editor of the popular on-line hematology atlas which includes an iPad and iPhone app, and is used by students nationally and internationally.  Dr. Rashidi was appointed our associate director of our residency program in 2015 and received the residents’ teaching award for 2015.  He is very active in clinical teaching to residents and fellows while on clinical service in hematopathology and hematology.

Here’s what residents say about Dr. Rashidi’s teaching:

“Dr Rashidi is an excellent attending who prioritizes education and patient care….His knowledge in hemepath and surgical path are also excellent. I have improved my flow cytometry and diagnostic skills tremendously in just a few months. I am extremely glad that he joined our department.”

“What a wonderful asset to our program. He is an exemplary attending! Not only does he have a fantastic knowledge base, but he takes the time to share it and teach the residents. He is able to teach to all levels and makes the material come alive in a useful way. I truly enjoyed working with this attending and appreciate the extra time he put in to giving us mini lectures each day. I have held on to my notes and continue to use them.

Joshua Shulman, M.D.The recipient of the 2016 Residents’ Teaching Award for VA Faculty, Dr. Shulman is an outstanding teacher who makes the VA educational experience an important complement to the UC Davis Medical Center experience.  Here is what residents say about Dr. Shulman:

"Thank you Dr. Shulman for the wonderful teaching and amazing and kind personality. I learned a lot!!!"

"I can't believe how patient Dr. Schulman is with me as I struggle to understand even the basics of derm path. It is very much appreciated."

"Great to have Dr. Shulman at the VA."

Dr. TranDr. Tran is an innovative teacher who was recognized as a recipient of the 2014 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for his strong educational relationship with the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering.  Dr. Tran developed  a multi-disciplinary, first-of-its-kind course  “Clinical Applications for Biomedical Device Design" for which he serves as Instructor of Record.  Hundreds of students have participated in this popular course which provides junior and senior UC Davis Biomedical Engineering students with basic concepts in pathology, biomedical devices, and the biodesign process, enhancing students' understanding of complex clinical settings .  Clinical case studies, hands on experiences to showcase medical devices such as biosensor technologies and point-of-care testing, and mini-design challenges that  provide students with a strong foundation in pathology and laboratory medicine.   In 2014-15, Dr. Tran assumed leadership of our resident’s educational experience in general  clinical chemistry and point-of-care testing, and brings his creativity and outstanding commitment to education our residency program.  His evaluations from residents are consistently above average to excellent.   

Here’s what residents say about Dr. Tran:

“This faculty member did a great job teaching”