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School of Medicine honors students, residents and faculty with annual awards


The UC Davis School of Medicine recently recognized more than 100 students, residents, faculty, and a staff member for their exceptional contributions to the medical school as part of its 2022 annual awards.

“It’s a privilege to recognize these outstanding students, residents, faculty, and staff,” said Susan Murin, interim dean. “Especially during the pandemic, our awardees showed resilience, dedication and an unwavering commitment to excellence.”

The student awards were announced during the School of Medicine’s 51st annual commencement ceremony earlier this month. At the first in-person commencement since 2019, 126 graduates earned their Doctor of Medicine degrees.

2022 Student Awards

School of Medicine Medal
Stephanie Rasmussen

Golden Goblet Award
Jacqueline Williams

Loren D. Carlson Endowed Scholarship Research Award
Joshua Bloomstein

Eli Benjamini Endowed Fund for Biological Sciences
Lillian Zhang

O.M.E. Medical Student Scholarship Award
Harjot Virk

Rena & Gabriel Smilkstein Humanitarian Award
Michael Montoya

J.T. Simon Lie, M.D. Memorial Scholarship Award
Ugur Basmaci

The Merck Manual Award
Tess Engel
Alex Lee
Romir Maheshwary

Allan T. Nunn, M.D. Memorial Scholarship
Alex Lee

David M. Igdaloff, M.D. & Michael A. Igdaloff Memorial Scholarschip Award
Steven Lam

Edward J. Hurley, M.D. Memorial Scholarship Fund
Diego Anaya

Healing Arts Award
Marissa Westerland

Helen McConnell Palthe Fellowship Award
Miranda Green

James Franklin McManus Scholarship Award
Ashley Abraham

The Johnson Family Scholarship Award
Jing Mai

Kenneth W. and Phyllis J. Snow Endowed Award in Medicine
Tuyet Tran

Mansoor Ally Memorial Scholarship Award
Bilawal Mahood

San Joaquin Valley Prime Endowed Scholarship Award
Kao Houa Vang

American Medical Women’s Association Janet M. Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement
Ashley Abraham
Ugur Basmaci
Silvia Bastea
Tess Engel
Samantha Fisch
Isabella Leon
Jeannie Park
Stephanie Rasmussen
Lindsey Weber
Jacqueline Williams
Sarah Williams

2022 Gold Humanism Honor Society
Ashley Abraham
Alexandra Calderon
Carmen Estrada Huerta
Alicia Hobbs
Alex Lee
Monica Lieng
Bilawal Mahmood
Marissa Westerland
Joanna Ortega
Raquel Perez-Asante
Stephanie Rasmussen
Alejandro Rodriguez
Raquel Selcer
Mariellen Van Nieuwenhuyzen
Harjot Virk
Jacqueline Williams

Department Awards

Outstanding Medical Student in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Anastasiia Zhelokhovtseva
Quintin Kuse

Outstanding Medical Student in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Romir Maheshwary

The Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy Barry F. King Memorial Award
Romir Maheshwary

The Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Award in Excellence
Carmen Estrada Huerta

Family and Community Medicine Award in Excellence
Phallaraingsey Chhay

Outstanding Medical Student in Gastroenterology
Stephanie Rasmussen

Ernest M. Gold Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine
Antoinette Alugbue
Alex Lee

Outstanding Medical Student in Neurology
John Paul Aboubecharra

Outstanding Medical Student in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Alexandra Calderon

Outstanding Medical Student in Ophthalmology and Vision Science
Monica Lieng
John Mark

Outstanding Medical Student in Orthopaedic Surgery
George Chavez
Kelsey Hideshima

Award for Excellence in Otolaryngology
Isabella Leon

Robert E. Stowell, M.D., Ph.D. Award for Excellence in Pathology
Tess Engel

Crystie Halsted Award for Excellence in Pediatrics
Sancy Childers

Outstanding Medical Student in Pharmacology
Stephanie Rasmussen

Outstanding Medical Student in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Lydia Henderson

Peter M. Cala Outstanding Medical Student in Physiology and Membrane Biology
Romir Maheshwary

Heineman Award for Excellence in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Corrine Cushing

Russell A. McFall, MD Excellence in Radiology
Phat Tan Nguyen

Outstanding Medical Student in Surgery Award
Diego Anaya

Outstanding Medical Student in Urology Award
Aman Arora

Rural PRIME Outstanding Medical Student Award
Marissa Westerland

SJV PRIME Outstanding Medical Student Award
Kao Houa Vang

Teach-MS Outstanding Medical Student Award
Andrea Kulinich

2022 Excellence in Public Health Award by the U.S. Public Health Sciences
Angelica C. Martin

The Doctoring Award
Corrine Cushing
Wyatt Graham
Kyle Kim
Spencer May
Ross Perry
Jacqueline Williams

Outstanding Teaching Awards Resident Medical Staff

Emergency Medicine
Averyl Shinkruk, M.D.

Family Medicine
Elizabeth Tennant, M.D.

Internal Medicine
Conan Liu, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Keyon Mitchell, M.D.

Daphne Darmawan, M.D.

Garret Peck, M.D.

Lauren Coleman, M.D.

Staff Award

Golden Bladder Award from the Class of 2022
Darolyn Striley

Faculty Awards

John Tupper, M.D. Prize for Excellence in Teaching
Mark Henderson, M.D., FACP

Hibbard Williams Award for Extraordinary Achievement
Timothy Albertson, M.D., MPH, Ph.D.
Randi Hagerman, M.D., FAAP

Joan Oettinger Memorial Award (for outstanding lung or cancer research)
Arta Monjazeb, M.D., Ph.D.  

Outstanding Instructor Awards from the Class of 2022
Basic Sciences Faculty: Colleen Sweeney, Ph.D.
Clinical Sciences (Full-time Faculty): Jessica Signoff, M.D.
Clinical Sciences (Volunteer Faculty): Dung Le, M.D.

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