HONORS AND AWARDS
Mannis named president of eye-bank association
Mark J. Mannis, professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, was
selected as the new president of the Pan-American Association of Eye Banks.
Mannis, who specializes in corneal transplantation, has served as chair of the Eye Bank Association of
America in the past. The Pan-American Association of Eye Banks is a supra-national organization dedicated
to education and the fostering of effective eye banking to provide corneal transplant tissue to the countries
of Central and South America.
Hendry Ton presented Chancellor's award for community,
Hendry Ton, UC Davis School of Medicine assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral
science, has received a Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community.
Ton teaches cultural competency. He also serves on the Doctoring Steering Committee, where he is developing
a longitudinal cultural competence curriculum. In addition, he has worked with Ethnogeriatrics Online,
an innovative program that encourages medical students to examine the intricate relationships of culture,
geriatrics and medicine.
In the psychiatry residency training program, Ton participates as a lecturer in the spiritual and cultural
components of the residency curriculum. He is vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry's diversity advisory
committee and established a service that provides consultation to county psychiatric care providers.
Bertakis, deVere White recognized for excellence
The fifth annual Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring was presented this year to Klea Bertakis,
professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Ralph deVere White, professor
and chair of the Department of Urology and assistant dean for cancer.
The award, which includes a $2,000 gift, recognizes their roles in the academic development of junior
faculty and helping them attain their full academic potential.
Emergency medicine residency group honors ER physician
Peter Sokolove, associate professor of emergency medicine, has been named national Residency Program
Director of the Year by the Emergency Medicine Residency Association. The honor is awarded every year
to the top emergency medicine residency program director in the nation.
A number of Sokolove's colleagues and residents in the Department of Emergency Medicine nominated him
for the award. In one nomination, a resident stated, "Dr. Sokolove has compassionately supported
residents through pregnancy, illness, stress and divorce. During those chaotic times, it is very helpful
to have him standing beside you. Dr. Sokolove has not lost his empathy for those stresses that residency
places on residents and their families."
Villablanca awarded endowed chair
Amparo C. Villablanca, associate professor of cardiology and director of the Women's Cardiovascular
Medicine Program at UC Davis Health System, has been awarded the Frances Lazda Endowed Chair for Women's
Villablanca founded and became director of the Women's Cardiovascular Medicine Program in 1994, one of
the first programs in the nation to be established. Villablanca's clinical expertise is in non-invasive
cardiology and heart disease in women. She has lectured extensively on hormonal influences on heart disease
and gender differences in cardiac risk factors, diagnosis and treatment. Villablanca also conducts translational
and basic research that focuses on understanding the mechanisms of hormones and their receptors in regulating
cardiovascular disease susceptibility in men and women. The Frances Lazda Endowed Chair is the result
of an estate gift of Frances Lazda, a long-time Sacramentan who died last year.