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Educational Recognition Awards

Thursday, April 25, 2024, 4–6 p.m.  

Location: Albert Sherman Center Auditorium

The annual Educational Recognition Awards ceremony is held as a means of reaffirming education as the founding and primary mission of the campus. The event is characterized by recognition of educational excellence in all three schools; a celebration of the collaboration among the three schools; and pride in the dedication, passion and creativity of faculty. Recipients are nominated and chosen by their faculty colleagues. Students also participate in the nominating process within the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing. The awards are presented by the deans of each school at an event held in the second half of the academic year.

The Last Lecture provides an educator the opportunity to share a message they would want to give students if they had only one lecture left to give. Medal recipients are nominated by the faculty and selected by the chancellor. Criteria for this honor include having fostered students’ personal, intellectual and professional development. 

The 2024 Last Lecture will be presented by Susan Zweizig, MD, recipient of the 2023 Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Teaching.  

                                                                Susan Zweizig, MD

2023 Recipients

Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing 

Dean’s Award 
James A. Fain, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, FADCES, FAAN 

Distinguished Faculty Awards 
Omanand Koul, PhD 
Rachel Niemiec, DNP, FNP-C 
Danielle Hebert, DNP, MBA, MSN, ANP-B 

Teri Aronowitz, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAAN 

Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 

Dean’s Award 
Leslie Shaw, PhD 

Faculty Awards 
Elizabeth Shank, PhD 
Amy Walker, PhD 
Brian Kelch, PhD 
Violeta Duran Laforet, PhD 
Sean Ryder, PhD 

T.H. Chan School of Medicine 

Lamar Soutter Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Medical Education 
Michael Fahey, MD 

Educational Achievement (Star) Awards 
Julia Rissmiller, MD  
Maria Barile, MD 

Resident/Fellow Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education 
Joseph Jabaily, DO, MD 
Max Hazeltine, MD 

Student Star Award 
Bennett Vogt 
Trent Taros 

Administrative Staff Award 
Melissa Puliafico, MBA