UC Davis School of Medicine is honoring three alumni, a medical resident and a fellow in 2009 for their contributions to the field of medicine and service to the university and the communities it serves.
2009 House Staff Professionalism Award
Kia Shahlaie, M.D., Ph.D.
Neurological surgery resident Kia Shahlaie, who has developed subspecialty interests in neurotrauma, minimally invasive skull base neurosurgery and functional neurosurgery, is the winner of the School of Medicine Alumni Association's 2009 House Staff Professionalism Award.
The award recognizes residents who exhibit the highest degree of professionalism, in the estimation of nominating co-workers, nursing staff members. "Kia has been blessed with the gift to teach. He is patient, able to communicate on many levels and enjoys it. He believes in research-based practice and has elevated our level of care to the traumatic brain-injured patient, improving patient outcomes. No one could be more deserving of this award than Kia is," says Susan Edwards, a nurse on the neurological surgery unit of the hospital, in nominating Shahlaie.
Shahlaie's affiliation with UC Davis Health System began 15 years ago, when he volunteered in the Child Life Program and the operating room while he was a UC Davis undergraduate student.
"To receive this type of recognition after investing my medical school and residency training here is particularly meaningful to me," says Shahlaie, who will complete his residency this July.
During his residency, Shahlaie developed strong views about management of head injury patients. He believes standards for treatment need to be strengthened and more universally applied.
"We have many challenges to face in medicine, but I think one focus should be on developing a system that is able to consistently provide standardized emergent and urgent high-quality clinical care to patients with head injury. This includes pre-hospital management by ambulance crews, ED management, prompt neurosurgical consultation, and surgical and ICU management that is driven by evidence-based guidelines."
Shahlaie, who was raised in Sacramento and credits his parents as his role models, received the award and a nominal cash prize at the Senior Faculty Banquet on June 4.