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Pioneers in Diversity Awards

2018 “Pioneers in Diversity” Award Winners

Ida Sophia Scudder MD Award – Rolake Alabi and Eric Kutscher

The Ida Sophia Scudder, M.D. Award for Excellence in Public Service recognizes an MD, PhD, MD-PhD, or PA student who has made significant contributions in the field of community service and providing care to the underserved.

Bruce Laine Ballard MD Award – Dr. Anthony Ogedegbe

The Bruce Laine Ballard, M.D. Award for Excellence in Mentorship is presented to a faculty member who demonstrates a commitment to improving student life and to fostering a nurturing and supportive environment where students are able to thrive and succeed.

Administrative Staff Award – Sharon Brooks

The Administrative Staff Award recognizes staff members who embody the spirit of cultural diversity and service. This award honors staff members who have gone beyond the call of duty to make sure the environment is inclusive, engaging and welcoming, and whose efforts may often go unnoticed.

Louis Wade Sullivan MD Award – Dr. Maurice Hinson

The Louis Wade Sullivan, M.D. Award for Excellence in Public Health Advocacy honors a resident or postdoctoral fellow who has been an outspoken champion for health promotion and a public health advocate, especially for medically underserved populations.

2017 “Pioneers in Diversity” Award Winners

2017 Pioneers in Diversity Award Winners (left to right):

Dr. Carol Storey-Johnson, Sahira Torres MS, Omarr Savage BS, RN (accepted the award on behalf of his wife, Dr. Shani Scott), Dario Villamar, and Dr. Olaf Andersen (accepted the award on behalf of Dr. Ruth Gotian)

On May 17th, 2017, Dean Augustine M.K. Choi joined our celebration for diversity and commended the immense efforts of those who foster and aid in cultivating our diverse community. In addition, Dr. Linnie Golightly, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion announced and honored this year’s Pioneers in Diversity Award and the Laurie Gilmcher Award recipients:

  • Dario Villamar, a fourth-year medical student received the Ida Sophia Scudder, M.D. Award for Excellence in Public Service. The award recognizes an MD, PhD, MD-PhD, or PA student who has made significant contributions in the field of community service and providing care to the underserved.
  • Dr. Shani Scott, a resident physician in the Department of Medicine received the Louis Wade Sullivan, M.D. Award for Excellence in Public Health Advocacy. The award honors a resident or postdoctoral fellow who has been an outspoken champion for health promotion and a publichealth advocate, especially for medically underserved populations.
  • Dr. Carol Storey-Johnson, Senior Advisor for Medical Education, received the Bruce Laine Ballard, M.D. Award for Excellence in Mentorship. The award is presented to a faculty member who demonstrates a commitment to improving student life and to fostering a nurturing and supportive environment where students are able to thrive and succeed.

  • Dr. Ruth Gotian, Administrative Director of the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program and Sahira Torres, Community Service Coordinator and Assistant to the Assistant Dean of Student Diversity and Student Life, were each recipients of the Administrative Staff Award. The award recognizes staff members who embody the spirit of cultural diversity and service. This award honors staff members who have gone beyond the call of duty to make sure the environment is inclusive, engaging and welcoming, and whose efforts may often go unnoticed.

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