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Pediatrics faculty honored at Spring Faculty Meeting 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019
2019 Spring Faculty Meeting

On Wednesday, May 8th, faculty and staff gathered at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens for the 2019 Spring Faculty Meeting. Pediatrics faculty were recognized with the following awards.

Leonard Palumbo, Jr., MD Faculty Achievement Award

Presented by Ann M. Reed, MD, Samuel L. Katz Professor of Pediatrics, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics

The Leonard Palumbo, Jr., MD Faculty Achievement Award has been established in honor of Dr. Palumbo (T’42, M.D.’44, HS’44-50) through a special endowment from his brother, Mr. E. Arthur Palumbo (T’49). It specially honors two exemplary dimensions of Dr. Palumbo's life: compassionate patient care and excellence in the mentoring of young physicians. The award is given annually to one or more members of the School of Medicine Faculty who best display understanding and dedication to compassionate patient care, and excellence in the teaching and mentoring of young physicians—individuals who have truly made a difference.

Susan G. Kreissman, MD, Professor of Pediatrics


Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

Presented by Ann M. Reed, MD, Samuel L. Katz Professor of Pediatrics, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award has been established in honor of Leonard Tow, a lifelong student and teacher, to recognize compassion and sensitivity in the delivery of healthcare. As a role model for many, Leonard has lived his life with great compassion and empathy for others. 

Raymond C. Barfield, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy, Professor in the School of Nursing


Excellence in Professionalism Award

Presented by Ann M. Reed, MD, Samuel L. Katz Professor of Pediatrics, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics

Jeffrey Baker, MD, PhD

The School of Medicine's Excellence in Professionalism Award recognizes the importance of promoting ethical and professional behavior within our community.  Duke’s success in reaching our goals in research, teaching and patient care depends on our ability to work effectively with each other, to reach across differences, and to actively cultivate a healthy work environment. This award recognizes faculty members who exemplify professionalism and promote such values as honesty, respect, integrity, inclusion, empathy, and compassion.

Jeffrey Baker, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics


Gordon G. Hammes Faculty Teaching Award

Presented by Ann M. Reed, MD, Samuel L. Katz Professor of Pediatrics, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics

The Gordon G. Hammes Faculty Teaching Award is intended to recognize continuing excellence in teaching and mentoring, and exemplary commitment to the education of graduate students within Basic Science Departments and Graduate Training Programs of the School of Medicine.  The nominees and winner are selected by a graduate student committee.

Corinne M. Linardic, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology 


Research Mentoring Awards

Presented by Ann M. Reed, MD, Samuel L. Katz Professor of Pediatrics, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics

Research Mentoring Award for Clinical Science Research

The Research Mentoring Awards, established in 2009, recognize faculty members of the Schools of Medicine and Nursing with excellence in research mentoring. Excellence can be demonstrated in many ways such as by the accomplishments of individual mentees, by programs implemented by the mentor, or by exceptional creativity in mentoring. Winners will be recognized each year in the following categories: clinical science, basic science, and translational research.

P. Brian Smith, MD, MHS, MPH, Samuel L. Katz Professor of Pediatrics


Whitehead Scholar

Presented by Ann M. Reed, MD, Samuel L. Katz Professor of Pediatrics, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics

Since 1991, the Whitehead Scholars Program, supported through a 1983 gift of the Whitehead Charitable Foundation, has helped attract and nurture the most promising biomedical researchers to the faculty at Duke University School of Medicine. The Whitehead Charitable Foundation recognized that the advancement of biomedical research requires a renewable resource of outstanding academic investigators and that leading academic medical centers need the ability to attract and nurture the most promising scientists as faculty members. With their gift, the foundation further recognized that Duke University was well positioned to provide the environment and resources necessary to develop the next generation of national leaders in emerging areas of biomedical research. The Whitehead Scholars are generally junior faculty recruited to Duke who have exceptional potential for research and research training in the biomedical sciences.

Neeraj K. Surana, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Immunology and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology