NEWS | May 30, 2014

Schivo, Zeki recognized for clinical and research leadership with 2014 Joan Oettinger Memorial Award


Michael Schivo and Amir Zeki, faculty members in the Department of Internal Medicine, are the recipients of the UC Davis School of Medicine’s 2014 Joan Oettinger Memorial Award.

Schivo and Zeki received the awards at School of Medicine’s General Faculty Meeting on May 28. Both were nominated to jointly receive the award.

Schivo is an assistant professor of clinical internal medicine, and Zeki is an assistant professor pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Their nominators stated, “Both possess strong records of both clinical practice and clinical research leadership, and give palpable evidence of vigorously pursuing investigative career pathways in academic medicine and strongly contributing to state-of-the-art clinical work in pulmonary and critical care medicine, while simultaneously developing strong research credentials.”

Schivo and Zeki each received a stipend of $600.

The Oettinger Award is given annually for outstanding research in cancer or lung disease. It is named in honor of a UC Davis graduate student who died of lung cancer in 1970. Her husband, Martin, was a senior lecturer in economics at UC Davis before his death in 1986.

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. The school offers fully accredited master's degree programs in public health and in informatics, and its combined M.D.-Ph.D. program is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care. Along with being a recognized leader in medical research, the school is committed to serving underserved communities and advancing rural health. For more information, visit UC Davis School of Medicine at