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Honoring Lewis Katz School of Medicine's Top Teachers

POSTED ON November 06, 2019

"Great teaching is at the heart of any great academic medical center, and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine is no exception.”

With those words, Susan Wiegers, MD, FACC, FASE, opened the 2nd annual Educational Excellence Awards program on October 3rd in the medical school’s Luo Auditorium.

“While all in this room are certainly worth of celebration, today we take a minute to honor those among us whose dedication and passion has earned special recognition from their students and peers,” said Dr. Wiegers, President and CEO of the Temple Faculty Practice Plan and Senior Associate Dean of Clinical and Faculty Affairs at LKSOM.

Awardees were chosen by their fellow faculty members – a novelty at LKSOM, where until recently all faculty teaching awards, including Golden Apples, were selected by students. Nominations for the Educational Excellence Awards came from both faculty members and students, but the winners were chosen by a committee of faculty.

Before closing the ceremony, Dr. Wiegers also acknowledged several other Temple faculty members who have received recognition for their teaching, including Lawrence Kaplan, MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Inter-Professional Education, who received a Temple Great Teacher Award, and Judith Litvin Daniels, PhD, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Vice Chair of Education for Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Associate Professor in the Fels Institute for Cancer Research, who received a Lindback Foundation Award.

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a reception and music by the Temple TachyChordia a cappella group.

Recipients of the Educational Excellence Awards:

Parkson Lee-Gau Chong, PhD
Educational Excellence in the MD Program, Year 1

Professor, Medical Genetics and Molecular Biochemistry

Laurie Kilpatrick, PhD
Educational Excellence in the MD Program, Year 2

Professor, Physiology
Professor, Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center
Professor, Center for Inflammation, Translational and Clinical Lung Research, Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery

Marisa Rose, MD
Educational Excellence in the MD Program, Year 3

Associate Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Vice Chair for Education
Director, Medical Student Education, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Associate Director, Residency Program

Kathleen Fane, MD
Educational Excellence in the MD Program, Year 4

Associate Professor, Clinical Emergency Medicine
Assistant Director, Emergency Medicine Clerkship Program

Elizabeth Leilani Lee, MD, MBS, FACP
Educational Excellence in the Graduate Medical Education Program

Associate Professor, Clinical Medicine
Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Dale Haines, PhD
Educational Excellence in the Biomedical Sciences

Associate Professor, Medical Genetics and Molecular Biochemistry
Associate Professor, Fels Institute for Cancer Research

Kathy Giangiacomo, PhD
Educational Excellence in PA/POSTBAC/UBTH

Associate Professor, Medical Genetics and Molecular Biochemistry

Photo caption: Award winners were (left to right) Drs. Parkson Lee-Gau Chong, Laurie Kilpatrick, Marisa Rose, Kathleen Fane, Elizabeth Leilani Lee, Dale Haines, and Kathy Giangiacomo.