Faculty Awards & Recognition
Faculty teaching contributions are recognized and celebrated through award programs including:
Mark Aisner, MD Award
The Mark Aisner, MD Award for Excellence in Teaching Physical Diagnosis was established in 1988 by former students, colleagues, patients, and friends of Mark Aisner, MD in recognition of his distinguished contributions to Tufts School of Medicine as the course director for Physical Diagnosis (1946-1977), and in honor of his prestigious career in education, research, and clinical practice in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Physiology. The purpose of this award is to foster and enhance the teaching of physical diagnosis at Tufts School of Medicine and at its affiliated hospitals as exemplified by Dr. Aisner throughout his illustrious sixty-five years in medicine.
- 2019-2020: Rhonda S. Fogle, MD (Pediatrics); Peter E. Paull, MD (Medicine)
- 2018-2019: Mellory Kaserman, MD (Pediatrics); Eric C. Lewis, MD (Family Medicine); Teresa M. Bose, MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
- 2017-2018: Hilda Tina Gartley, MD (Pediatrics); Kevin Strong, MD (Pediatrics)
- 2016-2017: Mihaela Tiru, MD (Internal Medicine)
- 2015-2016: George Maxted, MD (Family Medicine); Michael Gibbons, MD (Internal Medicine); Peter Harbage, MD (Internal Medicine)
- 2014-2015: Angela Healy, MD (Internal Medicine) and Stewart Mackie, MD (Pediatrics)
- 2013-2014: James Bartz, MD (Internal Medicine)
- 2012-2013: Steven “Sandy” Zimmerman, MD (Medicine) and Brendan Kelly, MD (Medicine-Pediatrics)
- 2011-2012: Joe Rencic, MD (Internal Medicine)
- 2010-2011: William Liaw, MD (Internal Medicine)
- 2009-2010: Brendan Kelly, MD (Medicine/Pediatrics)
- 2008-2009: Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Physical Diagnosis Team
- 2007-2008: Edward Parsons, MD (Internal Medicine)
- 2006-2007: Elisabeth Wilder, MD (Internal Medicine)
- 2005-2006: Laurence Conway, MD (Cardiology)
- 2004-2005: Ottavio Nardone, MD (Internal Medicine)
- 2003-2004: Daniel Coleman, MD (Internal Medicine-Pulmonology)
- 2002-2003: Brien Barnewolt, MD (Emergency Medicine)
- 2001-2002: James Warth, MD (Internal Medicine-Hematology/Oncology)
- 2000-2001: William Garvin, MD (Internal Medicine)
For more information, please contact the Office of Educational Affairs at 617-636-2191.
The CAP Award for Excellence in Clinical Skills Teaching award was developed to honor the faculty member who most clearly demonstrates dedication to the teaching of Tufts School of Medicine students in the early years of medical school. Recipients are selected based on their active involvement in the course, contribution to the development of fellow faculty members, and most significantly, on the evaluations of their students.
- 2019-2020: Kiame J. Mahaniah, MD (Family Medicine)
- 2018-2019: Joseph Rothchild, MD (Internal Medicine)
- 2017-2018: Nancy Drew, MD (Internal Medicine)
- 2016-2017: Grace Perez-Lirio, MD (Internal Medicine)
- 2015-2016: Damian K.L. Archer, MD (Family Medicine)
- 2014-2015: Alan Barron, MD (Internal Medicine)
- 2013-2014: Kalyani Murthy, MD (Internal Medicine)
- 2012-2013: Joseph Leader, MD (Pediatrics)
- 2011-2012: Erica Frank, MD (Internal Medicine)
For more information, please contact the Office of Educational Affairs at 617-636-2191.
Distinguished Faculty Award
In 1991, the Faculty Affairs Committee (now known as the Committee on Committees) moved, and the Executive Council approved, the creation of a Distinguished Faculty Award. This award is faculty-initiated, and recognizes our colleagues who have made "outstanding contributions to Tufts University School of Medicine."
The Committee on Committees solicits nominations for each year's awards. Each nomination should include a letter from the nominee's sponsor and a letter from the nominee's department chairperson, detailing how the nominee fulfills the criteria for the Distinguished Faculty Award.
In addition, the review committee will need a current curriculum vitae of the nominee, as well as an additional letter of support from a faculty member representing another department. Additional letters of support are invited and recommended. The Committee on Committees will evaluate the nominees, and make their recommendations to the Committee of Distinguished Professors, as described in the accompanying motion.
Nominations should be addressed to:
Committee on Committees
Medical Deans Office, Medical Education Building, 8th Floor
Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
The deadline for receipt is Friday, April 12, 2019.
If you have any questions, call the Dean's Office at 617-636-6565.
Approved by the Faculty Affairs Committee, April 9, 1991.
A Distinguished Faculty Award is being established to recognize Faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to Tufts University School of Medicine. The criteria for this award are as follows:
The individual Faculty member should have brought distinction to him/herself and to Tufts School of Medicine in several areas, including:
- Teaching: the principal function of Tufts School of Medicine is to produce students who are sufficiently well-versed in the basic and clinical sciences so that they are in a position to continue their medical education in post-graduate settings of excellence. To achieve this function not only requires the devoted participation of the Faculty, but also necessitates the presence of the gifted teacher who can lead and inspire students to achieve the best that is within themselves. In certain cases, Faculty are recognized by the student body. For the Distinguished Faculty Award, the Faculty will have the opportunity to acknowledge the excellence of leadership and superior teaching that should serve as a standard for the entire Faculty.
- Scholarship: In addition to teaching, the Institution has an important role to play in the continued growth and development of the numerous fields associated with human biology, ranging from the understanding of the nature of the disease process, how it impacts on the patient and his/her community, and the development of new techniques that will both prevent disease and improve the present-day treatment. This role of the Institution is carried out by Faculty members who have achieved national and international leadership positions in the research on all aspects of human health and disease, and who continue to make important advances in their own fields.
- Service: Although "service" can sometimes be difficult to assess, the testimonials of colleagues within the Institution and associated outside of the Institution can be evaluated with respect to the role that the Faculty member plays in the academic life of the Institution, in his/her profession, and in the myriad activities with service to patients and associates.
A Committee, comprised of faculty members holding the rank of Distinguished Professor, will utilize these criteria to select from nominees presented to them by the Committee on Committees. These nominees will then be forwarded to the Dean. At an appropriate School-wide activity, the designated Faculty members will receive their awards.
Previous Award Recipients
|2018||Scott Gilbert, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|H. Cody Meissner, MD, Professor of Pediatrics|
|Thomas D. Sabin, MD, Professor of Neurology|
|2017||Carl B. Heilman, MD, Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery|
|William C. Mackey, MD, Professor and Chair of Surgery|
|John M. Leong, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of Microbiology|
|2016||Larry A Feig, PhD, Professor of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology|
|Mark J. Sarnak, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|Peter W. Bates, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|2015||Nicholas Hill, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|Paul Summergrad, MD, Professor and Chair of Psychiatry|
|N.A. Mark Estes, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|2014||Andrew Camilli, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology|
|Brigette Huber, PhD, Professor of Integrative Physiology and Pathobiology|
|David Greenblatt, MD, Professor of Integrative Physiology and Pathobiology|
|2013||Meyer Klemens, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|Barbara Stechenberg, MD, Professor of Pediatrics|
|2012||Carol Kumamoto, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology|
|Arthur R. Rabson, MD, Professor of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology|
|James E. Udelson, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|2011||Richard H. Karas, MD, PhD, Elisa Kent Mendelsohn Professor of Molecular Cardiology and Medicine|
|Benjamin Liptzin, MD, Professor and Deputy Chair of Psychiatry|
|2010||Richard I. Kopelman, MD, Louisa C. Endicott Professor of Medicine|
|Christopher H. Schmid, PhD, Professor of Medicine|
|2009||Michael Forgac, PhD, Professor of Physiology|
|Marvin A. Konstam, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|Ronald D. Perrone, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|John B. Wong, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|2008||Lewis M. Cohen, MD, Professor of Psychiatry|
|Kathleen Dunlap, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience, Professor of Physiology, Professor of Medicine|
|2007||Michael Barza, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|Ira M. Herman, PhD, Professor of Physiology|
|Stuart B. Levy, MD, Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Professor of Medicine,|
|Edward O. Reiter, MD, Professor & Chairman of Pediatrics at Baystate Medical Center & Deputy Chairman of Tufts Department of Pediatrics|
|2006||Claire Moore, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology|
|David A. Adler, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Medicine|
|John J. Castellot, Jr., PhD, Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Professor of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics|
|Mary Y. Lee, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Dean for Educational Affairs, Associate Provost, Tufts University|
|2005||Sherwood L. Gorbach, MD, Professor of Public Health and Family Medicine|
|Laura Liscum, PhD, Professor of Physiology|
|Michael E. Mendelsohn, MD, Elisa Kent Mendelsohn Professor in Molecular Cardiology and Professor in Medicine|
|Barbara R. Talamo, PhD, Professor and Chair of Neuroscience|
|2004||John S. Kauer, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Anatomy & Cellular Biology|
|Andrew S. Levey, MD, Dr. Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman Professor of Medicine|
|Allan H. Ropper, MD, Professor and Chair of Neurology|
|Catherine L. Squires, PhD, Professor and Chair of Molecular Biology and Microbiology|
|2003||Diana W. Bianchi, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology & The Natalie V. Zucker Professor|
|Ralph R. Isberg, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology & Microbiology|
|Joseph Lau, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|Thomas F. O’Donnell, MD, Professor of Surgery|
|Ab Sadeghi-Nejad, MD, Professor of Pediatrics|
|David R. Snydman, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|2002||Barbara Carter, MD, Professor of Radiology & Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery|
|Robert Kennison, MD, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology|
|Thomas Linsenmayer, PhD, Professor of Anatomy & Professor of Ophthalmology|
|Harry Selker, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|2001||Martin Broder, MD, Professor & Deputy Chairman of Medicine|
|Ivan D. Frantz, III, Karp Professor & Chairman of Pediatrics|
|Grannum R. Sant, MD, Whitney Professor & Chairman of Urology|
|Brian S. Schaffhausen, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry|
|Bryan P. Toole, PhD, Bates Professor of Histology & Professor of Anatomy & Cellular Biology|
|2000||Nicolaos E. Madias, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|Michael H. Malamy, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology|
|Stephen G. Pauker, MD, Sara Murray Jordan Professor of Medicine|
|Henry H. Wortis, MD, Professor of Pathology|
|1999||James F. Dice, Jr, PhD, Professor of Physiology|
|Kenneth F. MacDonnell, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|Douglas D. Payne, MD, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery|
|Hubert J. Wolfe, MD, Professor of Pathology, and Orthopaedic Surgery|
|1998||Paul Friedmann, MD, Professor of Surgery|
|Jeffrey A. Gelfand, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|N. Paul Rosman, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, and Professor of Neurology|
|Deeb N. Salem, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|1997||John Coffin, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology|
|Ronald A. Delellis, MD, Professor of Pathology|
|Richard Grand, MD, Professor of Pediatrics|
|Andrew Plaut, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|1996||Irwin M. Arias, MD, Professor and Chairman of Physiology|
|Jiri Palek, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|B. David Stollar, MD, Professor and Chairman of Biochemistry|
|Andrew Wright, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology|
|1995||Louis R. Caplan, MD, Professor and Chairman of Neurology|
|Barry L. Fanburg, MD., Professor of Medicine|
|Jane G. Schaller, MD, Professor of Pediatrics|
|Louis Shuster, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and Biochemistry|
|1994||Marshall Kaplan, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|Laurence Lundy, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|Abraham Sonenshein, PhD, Professor of Molecular and Microbiology|
|Timos Valaes, MD, Professor of Pediatrics|
|1993||Sydney S. Gellis, MD, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics|
|John T. Harrington, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|Cornelis Heijn, Jr., MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry|
|Norman Krinsky, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Professor of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics|
|Naomi Rosenberg, PhD, Professor of Pathology|
|1992||Modestino Criscitiello, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|Jane F. Desforges, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|Herbert Levine, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|Douglas J. Marchant, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Surgery|
|Seymour Reichlin, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|Robert Schwartz, MD, Professor of Medicine|
|1991||Jerome P. Kassirer, MD, Sarah Murray Jordan Professor of Medicine|
Outstanding Core Clerkship Director
The Outstanding Core Clerkship Award was created in order to recognize a core clerkship site director who provides students with exemplary leadership in the clerkship. The awardee is recognized by students for excellence in teaching, responding to their suggestions and feedback, and for being an outstanding role model for professionalism and ethical behavior. The awardee is selected by a committee consisting of the Curriculum Committee Chair, the Dean for Educational Affairs, and Dean of Student Affairs.
- 2019-2020: Dena L. Whitesell, MD (Psychiatry)
- 2018-2019: James Bartz, MD (Internal Medicine)
- 2017-2018: Carol Moore, MD (Pediatrics)
- 2016-2017: Jennifer Rehm, MD (Internal Medicine)
- 2015-2016: Michael Picchioni, MD (Internal Medicine) and Robert Trowbridge, MD (Internal Medicine)
- 2014-2015 Laura Baecher-Lind, MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
- 2013-2014 Laurence Brinckerhoff, MD (Surgery)
For more information, please contact the Office of Educational Affairs at 617-636-2191.
Tisch & Tufts School of Medicine CSL Faculty Award
The Tisch College and Tufts University School of Medicine Community Service Learning (Tisch & Tufts School of Medicine CSL) Faculty Award has been established to honor a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding commitment to civic engagement in medical education.
The award will be given to a Tufts School of Medicine faculty member who helps students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills in ways that benefit the community while also developing the students' understanding of health disparities, public health issues, diverse cultures, and other issues important to the host communities. This can be through service and/or advocacy focused on improving health outcomes, whether local or global.
- Impact on student learning
- Impact on community being served
- Collaboration with community members
- Support of student leadership development
- Sustainability of work
Emphasis for this award is on the faculty member's engagement of students in service learning, not on the faculty member's own service activities.
To nominate a faculty member for this award, please email a letter describing the nominee's work and its impact on students and the community by Monday February 24, 2020, to Jennifer.Greer_Morrissey@tufts.edu.
- 2019-2020: Laura K. Grubb, MD, MPH (Pediatrics)
- 2018-2019: David G. Munson, MD (Internal Medicine)
- 2017-2018: Julie M. Schirmer, LCSW (Family Medicine)
- 2016-2017: Keith Nokes, MD, MPH (Family Medicine)
- 2015-2016: Shirley Gonzalez, MD (Pediatrics)
Natalie V. Zucker Research Grant
The Natalie V. Zucker Research Center for Women Scholars will be accepting applications for its twenty-second annual grant awards. Established through the generosity of Mrs. Natalie V. Zucker, the Center is devoted to furthering the research careers of female basic and clinical scientists at the Tufts University Health Sciences Campus.
Candidates must be engaged in basic or clinical research, and may come from the School of Medicine, the School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, the School of Public Health, the School of Dentistry, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, or the major Tufts-affiliated hospitals. Junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and residents are eligible. The applicant's mentor or Department Chair must support her request. Previous awardees as well as faculty members who are already principal investigators on RO1 grants or who have financial start-up packages for their laboratory are ineligible. Applicants do not need to be US citizens or residents.
Amount and Duration of Award
Individual awards of up to $10,000 will be given for research (Basic, Clinical, or Translational) projects, up to $5,000 for travel and training to further the applicant’s research career, or a combination award of research, travel and training not to exceed $10,000. The grant period is one year, with the earliest start date being July 1, 2021. Funded proposals should be completed and all expenditures incurred by no later than June 30, 2022 unless extension of a project period is formally approved.
Nature of Request
The awards are considered to be seed money. Applicants may request support for items or activities that will advance and benefit the applicant's own research career and professional stature. Examples include: purchasing a scientific instrument or services such as Next-Gen sequencing for your direct research; attending a research meeting; defraying tuition for scientific courses/additional degree; launching a pilot project; establishing a new research collaboration; or providing partial salary support for a research assistant. Funds may not be used as salary support for the award recipient.
Selections are based upon the following three criteria, which are equally weighed:
- academic potential of applicant: as judged by research experience to date and career plans;
- the impact that the award will have on the research career advancement of the applicant;
- scientific merit as judged by project description.
Please submit a PDF of the application that includes:
- Face page
- Summary of research experience and long-term career goals
- Explanation of how the award will enhance your professional development and the establishment of an independent research career
- Description of proposed Research Project or Travel and Training Award
- Budget justification
- Source and amount of current research support
- Up-to-date curriculum vitae
- Arrange to have a letter of support from your mentor or department chair (to be sent separately).
The deadline for submission of applications is Monday, May 10, 2021.
- Cecilia Chao, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ophthalmology, Tufts Medical Center - “The application of PD-1H on corneal transplantation graft survival”
- Jehan Chowdhury, Infectious Disease Fellow, Geographic Medicine & Infectious Diseases - “Assessment of Tufts Medical Center's Hepatitis C Virus Care Cascade”
- Alvrado Fernanda, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Mother Infant Research Institute, Tufts Medical Center - “Placental derived miRNA 423-5p correlates with insulin resistance and fetal growth”
- Diana Kolettis, Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow, Obstetrics and Gynecology - “Analysis of Incidence and outcomes of HCV in pregnancy pre- and postimplementation”
- Jana C. Leary, Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics - “Perspectives from Spanish-speaking Families on Reasons for Pediatric Readmissions”
- Amy LeClair, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Tufts Medical Center - “Evaluating the Implementation of Patient Navigation Guidelines for Breast Cancer”
- Junxiu Liu, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy - “Cost-effectiveness of nutrition policies to improve diet and reduce cardiovascular disease”
- Andrea Tsai, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine - “A Pilot Study of Gabapentin for Sleep in the Intensive Care Unit”
Zucker Clinical Teaching Prizes
The Milton O. M30 and Natalie V. Zucker Clinical Teaching Prizes were established in 1998 to promote and honor excellence in clinical teaching. Two prizes, one for Innovation and one for Accomplishment, are awarded annually to clinical teaching faculty for the purpose of:
- Rewarding and recognizing specific faculty for outstanding innovation, accomplishment, and ability to motivate students.
- Encouraging all faculty to review those attributes needed to be an effective teacher.
At the request of Mrs. Zucker, the committee strives for balance between recognition of past accomplishments and promising innovations, and between male and female nominees. Awardees receive a $2,500 award (unrestricted) from the Zucker endowment fund for teaching recognition.
For more information, contact the Office of Educational Affairs at 617-636-2191.
- Richard Glickman-Simon, MD (Family Medicine) - Accomplishment
- Deborah R. Erlich, MD (Family Medicine) – Innovation
- William C. Mackey, MD (Surgery) - Accomplishment
- Lillian Chen, MD (Surgery) – Innovation
- Patricia Patterson, MD (Pediatrics) - Accomplishment
- Laura Baecher-Lind, MD, MPH (Obstetrics and Gynecology) - Innovation
- Debra Poutsiaka, MD, PhD (Internal Medicine; Infectious Diseases) - Accomplishment
- Pamela Norden, MD, MBA (Dermatology) - Innovation
- Randy Wertheimer MD (Family Medicine) - Accomplishment
- Mary Brown, MD (Pediatrics) - Innovation
- David Page, MD (Surgery) - Accomplishment
- Rachel Buchsbaum, MD (Internal Medicine - Hematology/Oncology) - Innovation
- Susan Hadley, MD (Internal Medicine) - Accomplishment
- Amy Lee, MD (Family Medicine) - Innovation
- Angela Carroll Healy, MD (Internal Medicine - Lahey Clinic) - Accomplishment
- Debra Rothenberg, MD, PhD (Family Medicine - Maine Medical Center) - Innovation
- David Schoetz, MD (Surgery) - Accomplishment
- Priya Garg, MD (Pediatrics) - Innovation
- Henry Yager, MD (Nephrology) - Accomplishment
- Robert Trowbridge, MD (Internal Medicine) - Innovation
- Scott Gilbert, MD (Nephrology) - Accomplishment
- Dan Chandler, MD; Joe Rencic, MD; Laura Snydman, MD (Internal Medicine) - Innovation
- Michael Worthington, MD (Infectious Diseases) - Accomplishment
- Kevin Hinchey, MD (Internal Medicine) - Innovation
- Michael Barza, MD (Internal Medicine) - Accomplishment
- Gladys Fernandez, MD (Surgery) - Innovation
- Mark Drapkin, MD (Infectious Diseases) - Accomplishment
- John O'Reilly, MD (Pediatrics) - Innovation
- John Libertino, MD (Urology) - Accomplishment
- Laurie Demmer, MD (Pediatrics-Genetics) - Innovation
- Stephen Wright, MD (Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology) - Accomplishment
- Elisabeth Wilder, MD (Internal Medicine) - Innovation
- Lawrence Milner, MD (Pediatrics) - Accomplishment
- Nora Laver, MD (Pathology) - Innovation
- William H. Garvin, MD (Internal Medicine) - Accomplishment
- Wayne J. Altman, MD (Family Medicine) - Innovation
- Paul J. Wang, MD (Cardiology) - Accomplishment
- Kristin L. Dardano, MD (Obstetrics/Gynecology) - Innovation
- Jonathan Schindelheim, MD (Psychiatry) - Accomplishment
- Elena Massarotti, MD(Internal Medicine - Rheumatology) Innovation
- Robert D. Kennison, MD (Obstetrics/Gynecology) - Accomplishment
- Brien Barnewolt, MD (Emergency Medicine) - Innovation
- Ernest Grable, MD (Surgery) - Accomplishment
- Scott Epstein, MD (Internal Medicine Pulmonology) - Innovation
Students play an important role in recognizing teaching excellence. Through the evaluation process, students are invited to identify exceptional teaching faculty for every course and clerkship. Faculty members receive letters of recognition and appreciation from the Dean of the School of Medicine. In addition, each medical school graduating class selects faculty members whom they wish to honor with a Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, which is presented at the Senior Awards Dinner.