Skip to main content
Navigate Up
Sign In

Faculty Professionalism Award

Nominations are now open for the 12th Annual Faculty Professionalism Award.  The Faculty Professionalism Award recognizes a full-time faculty member who has served as a role model for professionalism, as defined in the School of Medicine Rules.  According to the Rules, “Under the umbrella of professionalism lies an extended set of responsibilities that includes: civil and courteous behavior; respect for teachers, students, supporting staff and colleagues; service to the community; dedication to lifelong learning; and, for clinicians, empathy, altruism, compassion and other attitudes and behaviors which represent the core traditions of the profession of medicine.”

Faculty members are also expected to exhibit academic and institutional citizenship by contributing to the teaching, service, and administrative activities of their department and the School.  The Faculty Senate would like to encourage nominations of all members of the community, including women and underrepresented minorities.
The winner of this award is honored at the School of Medicine Matriculation Ceremony in August of each year, and their name is placed on the permanent plaque that is displayed in the School of Medicine.

Click here to download the nomination form, which contains information about what should be included with the nomination packet.  The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2018.  Contact Cheryl Welch ( or 303-724-5356) if you have any questions about the nomination process.

 2018 Recipients and Nominees


Robert Janson, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Bonnie Kaplan, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Additional Nominees:

Cheryl Armstrong, MD, Professor, Department of Dermatology

Kerry Brega, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Susan Koh, MD, Professor of Clinical Practice, Department of Pediatrics

Michael McDermott, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine

Sarah Stella, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Mary Anderson Wallace, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

 2017 Recipients and Nominees


Anna Bruckner, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics

Abigail Lara, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine

Additional Nominees:

Jim Ellis, MD, Professor of Medicine

Sonia Flores, PhD, Professor of Medicine

Brian Flynn, MD, Professor of Surgery

Flavia Hoyte, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine

Michael McDermott, MD, Professor of Medicine

Sabrina Newman, MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Li-Kheng Ngov, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine

Molly Richards, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Brian Rothberg, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry

 2016 Recipient and Nominees


Maureen Garrity, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Wendy Madigosky, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Additional Nominees

Alison Brainard, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Gerald Dodd, MD, Professor, Department of Radiology

Robert Eckel, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine

Carolyn Green, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Rita Lee, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Gene Wolfel, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine

 2015 Recipient and Nominees


Mitra Razzaghi, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine

Additional Nominees:

Linda Barbour, MD, Professor, Medicine

Christina Cabrera-Muffly, MD, Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology

Kim Kelsay, MD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Jeremy Long, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine

Wendy Madigosky, MD, Associate Professor, Family Medicine

Robert McIntyre, MD, Professor, Surgery

Randall Meacham, MD, Professor, Surgery

Kristin Stratton, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine

Rachel Swigris, DO, Assistant Professor, Medicine

Katherine Wells, MD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Eugene Wolfel, MD, Professor, Medicine



 2014 Recipients and Nominees


Brenda Bucklin, MD, Professor, Anesthesiology

Daniel Savin, MD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Additional Nominees:

James DeGregori, PhD, Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

Kate Jennings, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine

Susan Johnson, PhD, Professor, Pediatrics

Brian Kavanagh, MD, Professor, Radiation Oncology

Tom Meyer, MD, Professor, Medicine

David Nowels, MD, Associate Professor, Family Medicine

Thomas Robinson, MD, Associate Professor, Surgery

Scott Sutton, MD, Instructor, Medicine

Duncan Wilcox, MD, Professor, Surgery

Gene Wolfel, MD, Professor, Medicine​​


 2013 Recipient and Nominees


Harley Rotbart, MD, Professor, Pediatrics

Additional Nominees:

Vaughn Browne, MD, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine

David Nowels, MD, Associate Professor, Family Medicine

Lee Shockley, MD, Professor, Emergency Medicine​​


 2012 Recipients and Nominees


Michael R. Carry, PhD, Associate Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology

Frederick Grover, MD, Professor, Surgery

Additional Nominees:

Evalina Burger, MD, Professor, Orthopedics

Richard Davis, PhD, Associate Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

Gerald Dodd, MD
, Professor, Radiology

Allison Kempe, MD, Professor, Pediatrics

Georgeanna Klingensmith, MD, Professor, Pediatrics

Mona Krull, MD, Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Julie Parsons, MD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Denise Stelzner, PT, MBA, Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehab

Rachael Swigris, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine

Ayelet Talmi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry/Pediatrics



 2011 Recipient and Nominees


Robin Michaels, PhD, Associate Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology

Additional Nominees:

Nirmal Banda, PhD, Associate Research Professor, Medicine

Sean Colgan, PhD, Professor, Medicine

Steven Federico, MD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Jackie Glover, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Christina Finlayson, MD, Professor, Surgery

John Kendall, MD, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

Angeles Ribera, PhD, Professor, Physiology & Biophysics

Ayelet Talmi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

L. Chesney Thompson, MD, Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn

Gene Wolfel, MD, Professor, Medicine​​


 2010 Recipient and Nominees


Steven Lowenstein, MD, Professor, Emergency Medicine

Additional Nominees:

Michelle Barron, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine

Eugene Chu, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine

Vincent Collins, MD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Brian Dwinnell, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine

Bette Kay Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, MD, Professor, Pathology

Jean Kutner, MD, Professor, Medicine

Martin McCarter, MD, Associate Professor, Surgery

Deborah Saint-Phard, MD, Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Rachel Swigris, DO, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine​​


 2009 Recipient and Nominees


Benjamin Honigman, MD, Professor, Surgery

Additional Nominees

David Badesch, MD, Professor, Medicine

Joy V. Browne, PhD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Psychiatry

Robert D’Ambrosia, MD, Professor, Orthopedics

Gerald Dodd, MD, Professor, Radiology

Paul Maroni, MD, Assistant Professor, Surgery

Michael T. McDermott, MD, Professor, Medicine

Allegra Melillo, MD, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine

Shelley Miyamoto, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics​​


 2008 Recipient and Nominees


Suzanne Brandenburg, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine


Additional Nominees:

Brian Bacak, MD, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine

Brian Dwinnell, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Benjamin Honigman, MD, Professor, Surgery

Martin McCarter, MD, Associate Professor, Surgery

Michael McDermott, MD, Professor, Medicine

Gary Zerbe, PhD, Professor, Preventive Medicine and Biometrics and Psychiatry​​


 2007 Recipient and Nominees


Joseph Cleveland, MD, Associate Professor, Surgery


Additional Nominees:

Brian Bacak, MD, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine

Brian Dwinnell, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine

Mark Earnest, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine

Lawrence Hergott, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine

Benjamin Honigman, MD, Professor, Surgery

Larry Horwitz, MD, Professor, Medicine

Celia Kaye, MD, PhD, Professor, Pediatrics

Thomas Meyer, MD, Professor, Medicine

Michael Taravella, MD, Associate Professor, Ophthalmology

Gary Zerbe, PhD, Professor, Preventive Medicine and Biometrics

Clifford Zwillich, MD, Professor, Medicine​​