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School of Medicine honors students, residents, faculty and staff 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 2024 annual awards.

The student awards were announced during the School of Medicine’s 53rd annual commencement ceremony where 114 graduates earned their Doctor of Medicine degrees.

2024 Student Awards

School of Medicine Medal
Madeleine Weiss

Golden Goblet Award
Mira Parekh
Ebere Sonoiki

Loren D. Carlson Endowed Scholarship Research Award
Sylvia Cruz

Eli Benjamini Endowed Fund for Biological Sciences
Ernesto Rivera

O.M.E. Medical Student Scholarship Award
Hannah Tak

Rena & Gabriel Smilkstein Humanitarian Award
Cameron Clerkley

J.T. Simon Lie, MD Memorial Scholarship Award
Anastasiya Stasyuk

The Merck Manual Award
Najiba Afzal
Alec McLeod
Summer Meyer

Allan T. Nunn, M.D. Memorial Scholarship
Samantha Wong

Edward J. Hurley, M.D. Memorial Scholarship Fund
Benjamin Van

Healing Hearts Award
Laura Potter

David M. Igdaloff, M.D. & Michael A. Igdaloff Memorial Scholarship Award
Suren Najaryan

Helen McConnell Palthe Fellowship Award
Matthew Nedjat-Haiem

James Franklin McManus Scholarship Award
Sarah Spivack

The Johnson Family Scholarship Award
Jesslyn Magee

Mansoor Ally Memorial Scholarship Award
Viviana Rios

REACH Endowed Scholarship Award
Adela Ramos-Martinez

School of Medicine Research Award
Theanne Griffith
Sergey Stavisky 

American Medical Women’s Association Janet M. Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement
Najiba Afzal
Annette Cheng
Rikki Cunningham
Jordan Eisner
Nicole Kharoufa
Shana Kong
Audrey Marlar
Summer Meyer
Laura Potter
Melissa Serrano
Madeleine Weiss
Samantha Wong

2024 Gold Humanism Honor Society
Maria Burgos
Robert Burns
Annette Cheng
Cameron Clerkley
Natalie DeBell
Emmanuel Gaeta
Garret Hagwood
Roopa Judge
Takemi Kawamoto
Rosa Magana
Alec McLeod
Adriana Mora
Biftu Mume
Laura Potter
Adrian Racela
Ebere Sonoiki
Khadija Soufi
Sarah Spivack
Madeleine Weiss
Samantha Wong

Department Awards

Outstanding Medical Student in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Cameron Clerkley
Audrey Marlar

Outstanding Medical Student in the Division of Pain Medicine
Mira Parekh

Outstanding Medical Student in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Cindi Yu

Outstanding Medical Student in Cardiovascular Medicine
Anna Awolope
Juan Zarate Jarquin

The Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy Barry F. King Memorial Award
Paul Mangasarian

Outstanding Medical Student in Dermatology
Summer Meyer 

Outstanding Student in Emergency Medicine
Rubi Galarza

Family and Community Medicine Award in Excellence
Maya London

Ernest M. Gold Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine
Anna Awolope
Maya Marshall

Outstanding Medical Student in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Laura Potter

Outstanding Medical Student in Ophthalmology and Vision Science
Melanie Martel

Outstanding Medical Student in Orthopaedic Surgery
Shana Kong

Award for Excellence in Otolaryngology
Hector Gomez
Anastasiya Stasyuk

Robert E. Stowell, M.D., Ph.D. Award for Excellence in Pathology
Mitchell Guerin
Mehrnaz Mehrzad

Crystie Halsted Award for Excellence in Pediatrics
Viviana Rios

Outstanding Medical Student in Pharmacology
Ruth Lee

Outstanding Medical Student in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Brendan Martin

Heineman Award for Excellence in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Samantha Wong

Russell A. McFall, MD Excellence in Radiology
Sterling Wong

Outstanding Medical Student in Surgery Award
Sylvia Cruz

Rural PRIME Outstanding Medical Student Award
Takemi Kawamoto

TEACH-MS Outstanding Medical Student Award
Viviana Rios

2024 Excellence in Public Health Award by the U.S. Public Health Sciences
JT Hyunh

The Doctoring Award
Ren Bruguera
Cameron Clerkley
Adriana Mora
Adrian Racela

Outstanding Teaching Awards Resident Medical Staff

Emergency Medicine
Ellen Shank, M.D.

Family and Community Medicine
Marisa Pinto, M.D.

Internal Medicine
Lindsay Valenti, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Brenda Wu, M.D.

Sunia Suhail, M.D.

Thadeus Odom, M.D.

Maarouf Saad, M.D.

Staff Award

Golden Bladder Award from the Class of 2024
Woubejig Shiferaw

Faculty Awards

John Tupper, M.D. Prize for Excellence in Teaching
Samuel Turnipseed, M.D.

Hibbard Williams Award for Extraordinary Achievement
K.C. Kent Lloyd, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Judy Van de Water, Ph.D.

O.M.E. Excellence Award
Ajay Sampat, M.D.

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Award for Excellence in Teaching
Paul FitzGerald, Ph.D.
Sean Muñoz, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Amanda Mooneyham, M.D.

Joan Oettinger Memorial Award (for outstanding lung or cancer research)
Yuanpei Li, Ph.D.

Outstanding Instructor Awards from the Class of 2024

Basic Sciences Faculty
Colleen Sweeney, Ph.D.

Clinical Sciences (Full-time Faculty)
Hai Le, M.D., M.P.H.

Clinical Sciences (Volunteer Faculty)
Brenden Tu, M.D., M.S.

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