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Graduation Awards – Class of 2022 Graduation Awards artwork

Please join us in recognizing these outstanding students, faculty, residents and staff who received awards ahead of graduation. The Class of 2022 Graduation Awards will be held on Thursday, May 19, at 3 p.m. in Collier Building, Room 1000 A/B.

View the following sections below:
Graduate Student Awards | Medical Student Awards | Distinction in Research | AOA Honor Medical Society
Gold Humanism Honor Society | Teaching Awards | Resident Awards | Staff Awards


 Outstanding Graduate Student Awards

Doctor of Medicine/
Doctor of Philosophy
in Biomedical Sciences Program 

Darren Gordon

Doctor of Philosophy
in Biomedical Sciences Program

Khaled Alganem
Master of Science
in Biomedical Sciences
Medical Physics Program
Hussain Aldawood

Master of Science in
Biomedical Sciences
Physician Assistant Program
Christopher Wright

Master of Science in
Biomedical Sciences Transplantation
and Donation Sciences Program
Bailey Kurtz

Master of Science
in Biomedical Sciences
Basic Science Tracks
William “Billy” Ryan

Master of Science
in Biomedical Sciences
Pathology Assistant Program
Alexandria Paolo
Emergency
Medical Services
Dwight Daniel
 

Medical Student Awards

The Glidden L. Brooks Award

The Glidden L. Brooks Award, named in honor of the first president of the former Medical College of Ohio, is presented annually to that graduating medical student who is distinguishable by superiority in all phases of the curriculum.

Madison Anzelc

Madison Anzelc

Madison Anzelc

Robert Ariss

Emily King

Emily King

Sean Mack

Sean Mack

Samuel Stetkevich

Samuel Stetkevich

Dean’s Award

The Dean's Award is awarded to that graduating medical student who, in the eyes of fellow students, shows the greatest promise as a practitioner of medicine.

Aaron Berenson

Aaron Berenson

Dr. Sam Schaeffer Award
Susan Morand

Office of Student Affairs Award
for Excellence in Career Advising
Nithya Raya

Lucien E. Morris, M.D.,
Anesthesiology Award
Peyton Beachy

Society for Academic
Emergency Medicine Excellence
in Emergency Medicine Award
Antonio Jackson

Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald Award
Cody Klinker

Harry E. Mayhew, M.D.,
Department of Family
Medicine Award
Vinaya Goginen

Toledo/Lucas County Academy
of Family Physicians Award
Aaron Berenson

Diversity and Inclusion Award
Darren Gordon

American College of Physicians
of Ohio Chapter Outstanding
Medical Student of the Year
Hanna Knauss

George D. Ludwig Prize
in Internal Medicine
Madison Anzelc
Patrick J. Mulrow Award
in Internal Medicine
Anna Rothstein
Excellence in
Infectious Diseases Award
Charlotte Yuan
Excellence in
Immunology Award
Kimble Arnold
Mark Rayport M.D., Ph.D. Award
in Neurological Surgery
Jonathan Doan
American Academy of Neurology
Medical Student Prize
for Excellence in Neurology
Paige Prologo-Richardson

Outstanding Students
in Neurology Award
Fatima Khalid

Outstanding Student in
Obstetrics and Gynecology Award
Julia Berry
Philip T. Nelsen Award for
Excellence in Ophthalmology
Robin Su
Outstanding Orthopaedic
Student Award
Sreeram Ravi
Pathology Award for
Most Outstanding Student
Olivia Sagan
Marian M. Rejent M.D.,
Award in Pediatrics
Hannah Staats
Eleanore Coghlin Award
for Excellence in
Rehabilitation Medicine
Chad Burkholder
Psychiatry
Excellence Award
Patricia Liu
Theodore P. and Evelyn H.
Chengelis Award in Psychiatry
Stephen Curtis
2022 Excellence in
Public Health Award
Julia Berry
Outstanding Students
in Radiology Award
Mazzin Elsamaloty
David Miller
Marion C. Anderson Award
for Excellence in Surgery
Alexander Young
Toledo Surgical Society Medical
Center Student Recognition Award
Darren Gordon

Reginald Baugh, M.D. Prize
Antonio Jackson 

 
The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation are bestowed on one graduating medical student and one faculty member who embody outstanding humanistic traits in the delivery of care to patients and their families and in their interactions with students, faculty, and staff. The recipients are selected by the graduating class.

Felipe Mejia Miranda

Felipe Mejia Miranda

Lawrence Elmer M.D., Ph.D.

Lawrence Elmer M.D., Ph.D.


Distinction in Research Awards

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences is initiating an annual Distinction in Research for students in the M.D. program. Research conducted by M.D. students is very often a major driving force of a lab’s success, and in turn makes a significant contribution to success of research at the UToledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

The COMLS Medical Student Research Committee has been instrumental in assuring quality research opportunities for students in the M.D. program. Moreover, M.D. students who emphasize research should be acknowledged for their effort.
 
Students who are awarded the status of Distinction of Research will have that listed on their diploma and have cords as part of their commencement regalia.

Christopher Alexander
Robert Ariss
Jenny Chen
Vinaya Gogineni

Melani Kekulawala
Hanna Knauss
Susan Morand
Olivia Noe

Jerred Pletcher
Samuel Stetkevich

Palguna Thalla


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Logo for Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

The Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society was founded in Chicago in 1902 by medical students to formulate higher ideals of scholastic achievement and to foster the scientific and philosophical features of the medical profession. The Delta of Ohio chapter at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences was installed in 1974. Election to membership is extended to junior and senior medical students whose academic excellence places them in the upper sixth of their class and who show promise of leadership in medicine. Induction in the junior year is extended to the top 8% of the class.

Madison Anzelc
Robert Ariss
Peyton Beachy
Aaron Berenson
Julia Berry
Stephen Curtis
Patrick Dusza
Erika Goodman
Hannah Kennedy
Joanna Kilbane Myers
Emily King
Hanna Knauss
Sean Mack
Matthew McCracken
Michael McHugh

Julia Mendiola
Anthony Mitchell
Susan Morand
Brooke Ott
Khushbu Patel
Rebecca Potts
Anna Rothstein
Bridget Smythe
Hannah Staats-Ciotola
Samuel Stetkevich
Robin Su
Nicholas Thompson
Nathan Tommas
Spiridon Veria
Charlotte Yuan

Gold Humanism Honor Society

Logo for Gold Humanism Honor Society

The Gold Humanism Honor Society is a national honor society initiated in 2001 by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation to recognize individuals who have demonstrated exemplary attitudes and behaviors characteristic of the most humanistic physicians, including integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy and service. The University of Toledo chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society was founded in 2005. The members are selected by peer nomination and endorsed by the College of Medicine and Life Sciences Senior Leadership Team.

Sarah Benson
Jenny Chen
Gabrielle Fernandez
Yasmin Gore
Zachary Holtzapple
Nadia Irfan
Ellen Jochum
Melani Kekulawala
Hannah Kennedy
Joanna Kilbane Myers
Cody Klinker
Nathaniel Locke
Sean Mack

Rashmi Madhavan
Michael McHugh
Felipe Mejia Miranda
Anthony Mitchell
Susan Morand
Nealie Ngo
Carly Polcyn
Rebecca Potts
Paige Prologo-Richardson
Supraja Rachuri
Nithya Raya
Samuel Stetkevich
Claire Wilson


Teaching Awards

Please join us in recognizing these outstanding faculty members who receive awards ahead of graduation:

Robert T. Tidrick Golden Apple Awards

The Robert T. Tidrick Golden Apple Awards for teaching excellence are named in honor of Dr. Tidrick, a surgeon and outstanding educator on the faculty of the former Medical College of Ohio from 1969 until his death in June 1983, at the age of 73. Faculty, both basic scientists and clinicians, are selected for the honor each year by members of the graduating class of medical students.

Teaching Excellence in Basic Sciences

Adel Maklad, M.D., Ph.D.

Adel Maklad, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Department of
Medical Education
Department of Neurosciences

Patrick William Frank, D.C.

Patrick William Frank, D.C.
Assistant Professor
Department of
Medical Education

Kathryn M. Eisenmann, Ph.D. 

Kathryn M. Eisenmann, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and
Thread 1 Director
Department of Cell and Cancer Biology
Department of
Medical Education

Viviana Ferreira, D.V.M., Ph.D. 

Viviana P. Ferreira, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of 
Medical Microbiology
and Immunology 

Teaching Excellence in Clinical Sciences

 Amira F. Gohara, M.D. 

Amira F. Gohara, M.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Pathology
Dean Emerita

Stephanie Pannell, M.D. 

Stephanie Pannell, M.D.
Assistant Professor and
Surgery Clerkship Director
Department of Surgery

Haitham Elsamaloty, M.D. 

Haitham Elsamaloty, M.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Radiology 


Resident Awards

Please join us in recognizing these outstanding residents who receive awards ahead of graduation:

Eric Medrano, M.D.

Eric Medrano, M.D.
Department of Emergency Medicine

Katherine Chen, M.D.

Katherine Chen, M.D.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Service Awards

Please join us in recognizing these outstanding faculty and staff members who receive awards ahead of graduation:

Office Of Student Affairs Award For Excellence In Career Advising – Faculty

Deepa Mukundan, M.D.

Deepa Mukundan, M.D.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Outstanding Clerkship Coordinator Award

Claudia Davis

Claudia Davis, CMA
Research & Education Coordinator
Department of Surgery

Outstanding Student Services
Staff Award

Stacie Nowak, M.Ed.

Stacie Nowak, M.Ed.
Learning Specialist
Academic Enrichment Center (AEC)


Congratulations to all of the award Recipients!


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