Dr. Shirley Gonzalez and Dr. Mark Pearlmutter were recognized recently for their contributions to service learning in medical education.
2016 FACULTY AWARD — Dr. Shirley Gonzalez
Dr. Shirley Gonzalez received the inaugural 2016 Tisch College and Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) Community Service Learning (CSL) Faculty Award for her engagement of TUSM students in the TEEEN® (Teens, Exercise, Empowerment, Education, Nutrition) program, founded and run by Dr. Gonzalez at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. Dr. Gonzalez is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and has been on the Tufts faculty since 2002. She founded the TEEEN® program in 2003 to combat the public health concern of pediatric obesity outside the clinic setting. The program perfectly combines several of her interests: empowering teens and families to live to their full potential, preventing prediabetes/Type 2 diabetes in her patients, and working with and mentoring medical students!
2016 DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD — Dr. Mark Pearlmutter
Dr. Mark Pearlmutter (M84) received the 2016 Tufts University Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Pearlmutter is an Associate Professor of Medicine and has served as faculty of TUSM for more than 30 years. He served as chair of the academic department and director of the Selectives program. He started the CSL program and was a founding faculty member of Tufts Sharewood Project, a free health education program led by volunteer medical students and physicians that also provides limited health care services. After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he began the Tufts in Haiti program. He continues to work clinically and in this capacity he has developed and mentored countless students in clinical medicine, civic engagement, public service, and volunteerism. Dr. Pearlmutter currently serves as Chair and Vice President of Network emergency services, radiology and pathology for Steward Health Care.