HONORS AND AWARDS
Nathan Kuppermann, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and a professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics, has been awarded the national Miller-Sarkin Mentoring Award by the national Academic Pediatric Association. The Miller-Sarkin Award recognizes the contributions of an association member who has provided outstanding mentorship to learners and/or colleagues locally and nationally, and who serves as a model to others who aspire to mentor others as they mature.
Communication project grant
Tonya Fancher, assistant professor of internal medicine and associate program director for the Department of Internal Medicine's residency training program, is the first recipient of the Putnam Scholars Program grant from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare. The Putnam grant recognizes excellence in education and research in physicianpatient communication. Fancher received the $9,000 grant for her project on improving interaction and understanding between physicians and patients within the Southeast Asian community of Sacramento County.
Federal task force member
Joy Melnikow, family practice professor and associate director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The task force consists of 16 health-care experts in the specialties of family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, geriatrics, preventive medicine, public health, behavioral medicine, and nursing, and is the leading independent panel of experts in prevention and primary care.
Best performance among UC medical centersrs
For the fifth consecutive year, UC Davis has been recognized for the most overall performance improvement in workers' compensation for a University of California medical center. It earned the award for achieving an accrual rate of $1.26 per $100 of health system payroll for fiscal year 2009–10. The accrual rate represents the amount of money required to fund the Workers' Compensation Program for one fiscal year. It is established on an actuarial study that analyzes the program's past three years. In the current fiscal year, the health system has an accrual rate of $1.43, which is based on fiscal years 2005–06 through 2007– 08 and is the lowest accrual rate of all UC medical centers.
School nurses award
The California School Nurses Organization has awarded pediatrician Richard Pan its Lydia Smiley Award for his development of a protocol for the Sacramento City Unified School District to facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Pan also established a partnership linking the UC Davis pediatric residency program with school nurses at six elementary schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District to teach students a good-nutrition curriculum.
Hispanic foundation award
The National Hispanic Health Foundation, an arm of the National Hispanic Medical Association, honored Claire Pomeroy, UC Davis vice chancellor for Human Health Sciences and dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine, with its 2009 Hispanic Health Leadership Award. She received the recognition for her significant leadership role in improving the health of Hispanics and other underserved populations.
Eight faculty members receive Dean's awards
The Dean's Award for Excellence was presented to Cameron Carter, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; Nathan Kuppermann, professor and chair of emergency medicine; John McGahan, professor of radiology; Ulfat Shaikh, assistant professor of pediatrics; and Peter Sokolove, associate professor of emergency medicine. The award recognizes outstanding faculty contributions in the core mission areas of research, education, clinical care and community engagement. The purpose of the award is not only to reward the outstanding performance of a faculty member but also to acknowledge their contribution as transformative leaders.
Winners of the Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring are Charles DeCarli, professor of neurology; John Keltner, professor of ophthalmology and vision science; and Frazier Stevenson, associate professor of internal medicine.
The award recognizes and rewards School of Medicine scholars who excel in mentoring and thus contribute to the success of the faculty and UC Davis Health System. A mentor plays a critical role in the successful development of others to help them realize their full academic potential.
Paul Luciw, professor and molecular virologist at the Center for Comparative Medicine and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Judith Stern, professor of nutrition and internal medicine and a member of the Institute of Medicine, are among six faculty from UC Davis who were elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Luciw was chosen for his contributions to the understanding of the molecular origin and development of AIDS and to the study of potential vaccines for AIDS, and the human immunodeficiency virus, HIV. Stern was elected for her contributions to the field of nutrition, research on obesity and diabetes, and efforts to communicate and interpret science to the public.
Sally Ozonoff, professor of psychiatry and an autism researcher at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, has been appointed as a joint editor of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. The journal is an internationally recognized publication outlet for experimental and developmental psychopathology.
Lori Madden, a nurse practitioner in the Department of Neurological Surgery, has received the 2009 Excellence in Clinical Practice Award from the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. Madden was honored for her role as a patient advocate and an educator. She is an assistant clinical professor in nursing at UC San Francisco who has precepted nurse practitioners, and has lectured on head injuries to different clinical areas to increase knowledge among non-neuroscience nurses.