NEWS | June 4, 2021

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

(SACRAMENTO)

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 2021 annual awards. 

“It’s a privilege to recognize these outstanding students, residents, faculty and staff,” said Dean Allison Brashear. “Throughout their time at UC Davis School of Medicine, and especially during the pandemic, they have shown extraordinary commitment to excellence and service to our community.” 

The student awards were announced during the School of Medicine’s 50th annual commencement ceremony last month. At the virtual event, 104 graduates earned their Doctor of Medicine degrees.

2021 Student Awards

School of Medicine Medal
Sarah L. Blacher

Golden Goblet Award
Matthew Massie

Eli Benjamini Endowed Fund for Biological Sciences
Sindhu Addepalli
Mary L. Welter

Loren D. Carlson Endowed Scholarship Research Award
Christopher Y. Itoh

Healing Arts Award
Farsam Fraz

Mansoor Ally Memorial Scholarship Award
Rachel A. Caynak

Edward J. Hurley, M.D. Scholarship Fund
Mennatalla S. Hegazi

David Michael Igdaloff, M.D. and Michael Arthur Igdaloff Memorial Scholarship
Pong Xiong

The Johnson Family Scholarship (Irvine Leonell Johnson, Ethel Mildred Cushman Johnson and Marilyn Beverly Johnson Endowed Scholarship Fund)
Arta Gharib Parsa

J.T. Simon Lie, M.D. Memorial Scholarship Award
Mary L. Welter

Helen McConnell Palthe Fellowship Award
Britany R. Lundberg
Kieu-Yen G. Luu
Eve A. Solomon
Jacqueline J. Tasarz
Kailee A. Tougas

James Franklin McManus Scholarship Award
Kendra E. Verga

The Merck Manual Award
Nicole T. Leong
Emily A. Moody
Atrin Toussi

Allan T. Nunn, M.D. Memorial Scholarship
Soo Kyoung Kim

O.M.E. Medical Student Scholarship Award
Simson Hon
Sarah K. Westcott

San Joaquin Valley Prime Endowed Scholarship Award
Lizette Rodriguez

Rena & Gabriel Smilkstein Humanitarian Award 
Bisrat K. Woldemichael

Kenneth W. and Phyllis J. Snow Endowed Award in Medicine
Ryan E. Pascua

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Class of 2021
Sindhu Addepalli
Analucia Barragan
Rachel A. Caynak
Ramandeep K. Dhillon
Mennatalla S. Hegazi
Dayna J. Isaacs
Esther H. Kang
Liliya V. Klimkiv
Nicole T. Leong
Samantha C. Nguyen
Janet Phan
Jacob I. Priester
Alejandro L. Ramirez
Liliana Z. Samano
Cristal M. Suarez
Atrin Toussi
Kendra E. Verga
Mary L. Welter
Sarah K. Westcott
Madelyn R. Wheeler

American Medical Women’s Association Janet M. Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement
Kylie D. Abeson
Sarah L. Blacher
Sindhu Addepalli
Rachel A. Caynak
Dayna J. Isaacs
Liliya V. Klimkiv
Nicole T. Leong
Emily A. Moody
Atrin Toussi
Sarah K. Westcott

The Doctoring Awards
Mona M. Abutouk
Esther H. Kang
Christina M. Lowry
Angelina Mikityuk
Nicholas Jung-Lum Tom
Mary L. Welter

2021 Excellence in Public Health Award by the United States Public Health Service
Harjot S. Virk

2021 Gold Humanism Honor Society
Sindhu Addepalli
Ellen M. Asselin
Roxana Cabrera
Hillary A. Carneal
Farsam Fraz
Enrique Guzman Van Dyken
Betty Hom
Joshua C. Hwang
Dayna J. Isaacs
Esther H. Kang
Liliya V. Klimkiv
Christina M. Lowry
Kieu-Yen G. Luu
Francis Rangel Ventura
Lizette Rodriguez

Faculty Awards

John Tupper, M.D. Prize for Excellence in Teaching
Heike Wulff, Ph.D.

Hibbard Williams Award for Extraordinary Achievement
Sergio Aguilar‐Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D.
Diana L. Farmer, M.D., FACS, FRCS

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Annual Awards for Excellence in Teaching
Excellence in Teaching Basic Sciences: Hana Anderson, Ph.D.
Excellence in Teaching Clinical Sciences (Full-time faculty): Shubha Ananthakrishnan, M.D.
Excellence in Teaching Clinical Sciences (Volunteer faculty): Shagufta Yasmeen, M.D.

Outstanding Instructor Awards from the Class of 2021
Basic Sciences Faculty: Colleen Sweeney, Ph.D.
Clinical Sciences (Full-time Faculty): Paul B. Aronowitz, M.D.
Clinical Sciences (Volunteer Faculty): Brenden Tu, M.D., M.S.

Outstanding Teaching Awards Resident Medical Staff

Emergency Medicine
Kavian Toosi, M.D.

Family and Community Medicine
Rosemary Cotter, M.D.

Internal Medicine
Alyssa Milliron, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Tali Pomerantz, M.D.

Pediatrics
Shaina Kaye, M.D.

Psychiatry
Hammad Khan, M.D. 

Surgery
Kevin Lee, M.D.

Staff Award

Golden Bladder Award from the Class of 2021
Woubejig Shiferaw

Department Awards

Outstanding Medical Student in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Daniel Dinh
Janet Phan

Outstanding Medical Student in Biochemistry
Javid R. Mahmoodi

The Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy Barry F. King Memorial Award
Liliya V. Klimkiv
Cristal M. Suarez

Outstanding Medical Student in Dermatology
Sally Madiba
Kendra E. Verga

The Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Award in Excellence
Angelina Mikityuk

Family and Community Medicine Award in Excellence
Kendra E. Verga

Ernest M. Gold, M.D. Awards for Excellence in Internal Medicine
Esther H. Kang
Mary L. Welter

Outstanding Medical Student in Neurology
Rebecca Dutta
Matthew Massie
Christopher Y. Itoh

Outstanding Medical Student in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Farsam Fraz

Outstanding Medical Student in Orthopaedic Surgery
Analucia Barragan
Jacob I. Priester

Award for Excellence in Otolaryngology
Joshua C. Hwang

Robert E. Stowell, M.D., Ph.D. Award for Excellence in Pathology
Brian Park

Crystie Halsted Award for Excellence in Pediatrics
Esther H. Kang

Outstanding Medical Student in Pharmacology
Mary L. Welter

Outstanding Medical Student in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Betty Hom

Peter M. Cala Outstanding Medical Student in Physiology & Membrane Biology
Sarah K. Westcott

Robert E. Hales Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychiatry
Jacqueline J. Tasarz
Hailee A. Tougas

Award for Excellence in Public Health Sciences
Dayna J. Isaacs

The Heineman Award for Excellence in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Esther H. Kang

Outstanding Medical Student in Surgery Award
Sarah Mahdavi

Rural PRIME Outstanding Medical Student Award
Roxana Cabrera

SJV PRIME Outstanding Medical Student Award
Amanda Panh

Teach-MS Outstanding Medical Student Award
Esther H. Kang