The UC Davis Academic Senate and Academic Federation have chosen their award recipients for 2023. Members are honored for their teaching, research and public service.
J. Anthony Seibert, professor emeritus of radiology; Ulfat Shaikh, professor of pediatrics; and Glenn C. Yiu, professor of ophthalmology, were honored with a Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award from the Academic Senate.
Danielle Harvey, adjunct professor of public health sciences, received the Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching or Mentoring Award. Rebecca Stein-Wexler, health sciences clinical professor of radiology, was honored with a Distinguished Service Award from the Academic Federation.
The Academic Senate and Academic Federation will hold a joint awards reception in the spring.
View the full list of honorees.
Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Awards (Academic Senate)
J. Anthony Seibert, professor emeritus of radiology, is a medical physicist who has been instrumental in setting safety, regulatory compliance and imaging standards of medical radiology at the national level. He has served as chair, trustee and secretary of several organizations, including the American Board of Radiology, the American Board of Imaging Informatics, the American College of Radiology, the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine, and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. In addition, through service in the National Council of Radiological Protection and Measurements, and the Food and Drug Administration’s National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee, Seibert’s recommendations have been adopted into state laws and industrial standards.
Ulfat Shaikh, professor of pediatrics, leads through extensive advocacy and public service efforts. Shaikh is a leader in advancing the quality of children’s health at the local, state and national levels. She serves as chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, where she has advocated for the elimination of race-based medicine, among other important contributions. At the state level, Professor Shaikh served as clinical quality officer for the California Department of Health Care Services during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Shaikh is a member of the Children’s Hospital Association, where she advocates for increased member engagement with child protective services, juvenile justice systems, foodbanks, crisis nurseries, foster care and local health departments.
Glenn C. Yiu, professor of ophthalmology, has energetically expanded access to ophthalmological services in underserved communities. He established and expanded a teleophthalmology program, which has screened more than 2,500 patients. He co-directed the Paul Hom Asian Clinic to provide free eye care to the local Asian community, and he obtained funding to support eye screening at UC Davis Health’s student-run community clinics. Yiu has partnered with CommuniCare Health Centers to provide remote eye grading, and he has negotiated with Noridian, California’s Medicare contractor, to promote insurance coverage for teleretinal imaging. He has also lobbied policymakers to address barriers to remote eye screening.
Distinguished Service (Academic Federation)
Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching or Mentoring (Academic Federation)
Danielle Harvey, adjunct professor of public health sciences, is recognized for an excellent teaching record, a broad teaching portfolio and effective mentoring of graduate students. Her contributions go beyond the classroom, as she serves on numerous epidemiology and nutritional biology dissertation committees to provide statistical expertise and mentorship support. Her exceptional dedication to graduate student teaching and mentorship for 19 years has influenced many students’ success.
Rebecca Stein-Wexler, health sciences clinical professor of radiology, has served as vice chair for education in the Department of Radiology for more than 10 years and director of the radiology residency program for 11 years and is now chief of the Division of Pediatric Radiology. In addition to this distinguished record of service to UC Davis Health, she has worked extensively through radiology education and outreach to address global inequities in health care. In addition, she is the founding chief of the UC Davis Chapter of RadAid, an international nonprofit public service organization that brings radiology to the world, vice president of the UC Davis Chapter of Health4theWorld and director of global education and outreach in the Department of Radiology.
Editor's note: Portions of this article first appeared in UC Davis Dateline.