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The Educational Recognition Awards

Since 1999, the annual Educational Recognition Awards ceremony has been 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 toward the end of the academic year.

2022 Recipients

Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing

Dean’s Award
Susan Sullivan-Bolyai, DNSc, CNS, RN, FAAN

Distinguished Faculty Awards
Elizabeth Keating, MS, APRN-BC, CBCN
Alexander Menard, DNP, AGACNP-BC
Nancy Morris, PhD, RN, ANP-BC

Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Dean’s Award
Daryl Bosco, PhD

Faculty Awards
Anthony Imbalzano, PhD
Vanni Bucci, PhD
Phillip Tai, PhD
Jeroan Allison, MD, MS
Brian Lewis, PhD

T.H. Chan School of Medicine

Lamar Soutter Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Medical Education
Howard Sachs, MD

Educational Achievement (Star) Awards
The iCELS Team (accepted on behalf of the team by Sylvia Stanhope and Jorge Yarzebski)
Lisa Hall, PhD
The Anatomy Team (Lela Giannaris, PhD; Amanda Collins, MPH; Yasmin Carter, PhD; Chris Cerniglia, DO, MEng)

Resident/Fellow Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education
Gianna Lusiye Wilkie, MD
Neil Devoe, DO

Patient as Teacher Award
Sterling and Jessica Cross

Student Star Award
Lindsay Walsh
Jillian Belgrad

Administrative Staff Award
Victoria Cohen, MPP


 The Last Lecture

Presentation of The Last Lecture by the recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Teaching was added to the event program in 2011. Medal recipients are nominated by the faculty and selected by the Chancellor. Criteria for this honor describe having fostered students’ personal, intellectual and professional development.


The 2022 Last Lecture was given by

Pang-Yen Fan, MD, Professor of Medicine

Mark your calendars!

The 2023 Educational Recognition Awards and Last Lecture will take place on Wednesday May 3, 2023 in the ASC Auditorium on University Campus in Worcester, MA from 4-6 p.m.

Dr. Melissa Fischer, the recipient of the 2022 Chancellor's Medal for Distinguished Teaching will deliver the Last Lecture.

2022 Educational Recognition Awards

If you missed it, click below to view the entire ceremony, including Dr. Pang-Yen Fan's Last Lecture - "You'll Always Have a Job..."