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Honors and Prizes

Commencement Awards, May 2013

Cum laude The degree of Doctor of Medicine cum laude will be conferred on students whose academic performance shows unusual merit. Suzanne Jaqueth Forrest, Jeffrey Scott Futterleib, Kevin Koo, Jonathan Craig Levin, John Devin Millet, Jovana Pavisic, Michael Joseph Peluso, Adam Sang, Sounok Sen

American Academy of Neurology Award Awarded to recognize a graduating medical student for excellence in clinical neurology. Avital Perry

ACP Internal Medicine Award Awarded to a graduating student who will be entering a categorical or primary care internal medicine residency in Connecticut and has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and community service. Julie Mae Xanthopoulos

Norma Bailey Berniker Prize Established in 1970 by bequest of John H. Bailey, B.A. 1900, M.D. 1903. To be awarded to members of the graduating class who give promise of best exemplifying the disciplines and precepts of the Oath of Hippocrates and the Prayer of Maimonides. Julia Rose Lubsen, Carina Preskill, Alexandra Ristow, Adam Sang

The Campbell Prize Founded in 1900 by bequest from James Campbell, honorary M.A. 1891, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1886 to 1899. Awarded to the graduating students who secure the highest rank on Step II of the National Board Medical Examination. Michael Joseph Peluso

Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians Award Established in 1994 to recognize outstanding students entering a career in Family Practice. Nyasha Kianne George, Niyati B. Shah

Connecticut Chapter of American College of Surgeons Prize Awarded to a graduating student for excellence in surgical sciences. Joshua Caleb Leinwand

The Cortlandt Van Rensselaer Creed Award Established in 1999 in honor of Cortlandt Van Rensselaer Creed, M.D. 1857, the first African American graduate of Yale School of Medicine. Awarded through peer nomination to a graduating, underrepresented, minority student in medicine and public health who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, exemplary leadership, and a significant commitment to the community at large. Dionne Marie Rudison

Miriam Kathleen Dasey Award Established in 1950 in honor of Miriam Kathleen Dasey, Registrar from 1921 to 1950. Awarded annually to students who by strength of character, personal integrity, and academic achievement give promise of fulfilling the ideal of the compassionate physician. William Thomas Clarke, Jennie Duffy, Elisa Mead Jorgensen, Jonathan Craig Levin, John Devin Millet, Lydia Lee Shook, Justin M. Steinberg

The Dean’s Prize for Community Service This annual award recognizes the graduating students who, by leadership and service, have made major contributions to the School of Medicine, to the New Haven community, or to the community at large. Julia Rose Lubsen, Warren M. Perry II

Endocrinology Society Medical Student Achievement Award Established in 1997 to recognize a graduating student who has shown special achievement and interest in the general field of endocrinology. Elisa Mead Jorgensen

The Selma and Karl Folkers Prize in Biomedical Research Established in 2005 by Dr. and Mrs. James D. Jamieson. This prize is awarded to graduating M.D./Ph.D. students whose thesis research has demonstrated excellence in basic cell and molecular biology. Maya Evelyn Kotas, Katherine Uyhazi

The Peter Grannum Prize Established in 1990. Awarded to an outstanding African American graduate. This annual award is supported by the Shirley, Maggie and Hugh Comer Fund. Kenneth E. Ike

The Marguerite Rush Lerner Award Awarded to a graduating student for outstanding creative writing. Maya Evelyn Kotas

The M.D./Ph.D. Alumni Award Awarded to a graduating M.D./Ph.D. student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievements, leadership, and service. Jonathan Howard Chen

The M.D./Ph.D. Award Awarded to outstanding members of the graduating M.D./Ph.D. class who have shown excellence in both research and clinical activities. Jacob Stuart Appelbaum, Martin Dominguez

New England Pediatric Society Prize Awarded to that member of the graduating class entering pediatrics who in the opinion of peers and faculty best exemplifies those qualities one looks for in a pediatrician: “A competent, caring, good humored person whom I would want to take care of my children.” Jovana Pavisic

The Parker Prize Established in 1914 by bequest from Frank J. Parker, Ph.D. 1895, M.D. 1898. Awarded annually to the graduating student who, during the course, has shown the best qualifications for a successful physician. Michael Joseph Peluso

The Perkins Prize Awarded to the student who achieves the highest rank on Step I of the National Board Medical Examination. Joshua Caleb Leinwand

Mila Rainof Award The Mila Rainof Award will be given each year to a graduating Yale medical student entering the field of emergency medicine who, like Mila, has contagious enthusiasm for caring for patients, while bringing attention, kindness, and compassion to each interaction. Justin M. Steinberg

The Dr. David and Arthur Schuman Award of Excellence in Family Practice Awarded annually to recognize a student or resident in the State of Connecticut for his or her academic excellence and contributions to the Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians and other organizations that promote understanding of the specialty of Family Medicine. Julia Rose Lubsen

The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Award Awarded to the student who has demonstrated excellence in the specialty of emergency medicine. Jonathan Fu

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award Supported by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Established to honor a graduating student who demonstrates the highest standard of compassion and sensitivity in his or her interaction with patients. Jovana Pavisic

Lauren Weinstein Award Established in 1992 in memory of Lauren Weinstein (Yale medical student, 1988–1989). Given to a student who displays courage, perseverance, and compassion and has dared to reach for the best in herself or himself. Kenneth E. Ike

The Milton C. Winternitz Prize in Pathology Established in 1950 in honor of Milton Charles Winternitz, honorary M.A. 1917, Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology, 1917–1925, Anthony N. Brady Professor of Pathology, 1925–1950. Jonathan Howard Chen

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Thesis Prizes, May 2013

The American Cancer Society Prize Given by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Cancer Society and awarded to a graduating student for an outstanding thesis in the area of cancer. Sounok Sen

The Association for Academic Surgery–Novartis Research Award Awarded to a graduating student entering a surgical field, who has done outstanding research during medical school. Julius Thomas Oatts

The Peter F. Curran Prize Established in 1976. To be presented to a graduating medical student for an outstanding thesis. Peter F. Curran was Professor of Physiology at Yale, 1967 to 1974. Elisa Mead Jorgensen

Wilber G. Downs, M.D., M.P.H., Prize for the Outstanding Thesis in International Health Established in 1988 for the best thesis in the area of international health. Chethan Bachireddy

The Ferris Prize Established in 1934 and endowed in 1937 by anonymous donors in honor of Harry Burr Ferris, A.A. 1887, M.D. 1890. Awarded to a graduating student for an outstanding thesis. Ebelechukwu Odiari

The William U. Gardner Thesis Prize Established in 1989 by Dr. Gardner’s widow and awarded to the graduating student with the most outstanding thesis in the graduating class. Michael Joseph Peluso

The Nicholas J. Giarman Prize Established in 1976. Nicholas Giarman was Professor of Pharmacology, 1949 to 1968. To be presented to a student for an outstanding thesis. Jovana Pavisic

The Keese Prize Established in 1880 by bequest from Mary M. Keese in memory of her son, Hobart Keese, M.D. 1855. Awarded annually to a student who presents an outstanding thesis. Jeffrey Scott Futterleib

The Dr. Harold H. Lamport Biomedical Research Prize Established in 1976. To be presented to a student for an outstanding thesis reporting original biomedical research. Benjamin T. Himes

The Lidz Prize in Psychiatry Awarded to a graduating student for an outstanding thesis in the field of psychiatry or neuroscience. Sarah Lacourse Metthe Johnson

The M.D./Ph.D. Thesis Prize Awarded to the graduating M.D./Ph.D. student with the most outstanding dissertation. Rachel Kushner Rosenstein

Dr. Marvin Moser Prize Established in 2007 by Dr. Marvin Moser for a prize-winning thesis in preventive cardiology, lipid disorders, or hypertension. John Devin Millet

The Dr. Louis H. Nahum Prize Founded in 1973 by bequest from Louis H. Nahum, M.D. 1916. Awarded annually to a member of the graduating class who merits such award by virtue of the excellence of the thesis that the student has written as required for the medical degree. Suzanne Jaqueth Forrest

The John P. Peters Prize Established in 1976. To be presented to a student for an outstanding thesis in the area of internal medicine. John P. Peters was Professor of Medicine at Yale, 1927 to 1955. Jonathan Craig Levin

The Psychiatry Department Thesis Prize Awarded to a graduating student whose thesis contributes to answering an important question in the field of psychiatry. Rocksheng Zhong

David and Harriet Seligson Thesis Prize Established in 2011 in honor of Dr. David Seligson for the best thesis in the area of laboratory medicine. Sponsored by the Department of Laboratory Medicine. Kevin Koo

The Louis G. Welt Prize Established in 1976. To be presented to a student for an outstanding thesis. Louis Welt was Chairman and Professor of Medicine at Yale, 1972 to 1974. Devon Marc Fagel

The Abraham White Prize Awarded annually to a graduating student for outstanding research. Established in 2010, the prize is in memory of Dr. Abraham White, who served as a distinguished teacher and scholar of physiological chemistry at Yale from 1931 to 1948. Adam Sang

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Student Research Day Oral Presentations, May 7, 2013

Benjamin Himes. siRNA Therapy in Glioblastoma Stem Cells: Identification of Target Genes and Potential Therapeutic Implications (Dr. Mark Saltzman, Biomedical Engineering and Cellular & Molecular Physiology)

Sounok Sen. Understanding Costs, Value, and Patterns of Care of New Radiation Technologies among Older Women with Breast Cancer (Dr. Cary Gross, Internal Medicine)

Kevin Koo. Male-Partner Participation in the Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission in South Africa (Dr. Brian Forsyth, Pediatrics)

Michael Peluso. Biological and Clinical Markers of Neuronal Injury in Primary and Chronic HIV-1 Infection (Dr. Serena Spudich, Neurology)

Rachel Rosenstein. Innate Immune Sensing of Allergens (Dr. Ruslan Medzhitov, Immuno­biology)

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Awards to Faculty and House Staff, May 2013

The Francis Gilman Blake Award Established in 1952 by Nu Sigma Nu. Endowed by Dr. Robert C. Kirk, B.S. 1930, as a memorial to his twin brother, Dr. Gilman D. Kirk, B.S. 1930. Awarded annually to that member(s) of the faculty of the School of Medicine designated by the senior class as the most outstanding teacher(s) of the medical sciences. Dana Wasson Dunne, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine

Charles W. Bohmfalk Prizes Established in 1989 under the terms of the Alice Bohmfalk Charitable Trust. Prestigious teaching prizes will be awarded annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the teaching program, one in the basic sciences and one in the clinical sciences, as judged by the faculty and students. Basic Sciences: Robert Lawrence Camp, Ph.D., M.D., Department of Pathology. Clinical Sciences: Auguste Hector Fortin, M.D., M.P.H., Department of Internal Medicine

The Alvan R. Feinstein Award Presented to a Yale University School of Medicine faculty member chosen as the outstanding teacher of the year of clinical skills by a committee of chairs of the clinical departments, associate chairs, and students. Walter Newberry Kernan, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine

The Leah M. Lowenstein Award Presented annually by the Office for Women in Medicine to members of the faculty who most clearly represent the highest degree of excellence in the promotion of humane and egalitarian medical education. Andrea Gottsegen Asnes, M.D., Department of Pediatrics

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award Presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Established in 1998 to honor the faculty member who demonstrates the highest standard of compassion and sensitivity in his or her interaction with patients. Matthew S. Ellman, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine

The Betsy Winters House Staff Award Established in 1972 by the Fourth-Year Class and presented annually to that member or members of the House Staff of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center, designated by the graduating class, who has/have made the most significant contribution to the education of medical students. Edward McGillicuddy, M.D.

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