Awards and Honors

Heather Reisinger, PhD, was the subject of the Carver College of Medicine Faculty Focus
In the article, Heather discusses how she became interested in science and medicine, how she came to be an important member of our Iowa community, and offers advice to future students. Heather goes on to discuss her specific field, Applied Anthropology in which she ends with, “Anthropology is just the way I think; it’s the perfect match.” Congratulations Heather! Click here to read the entire interview.

Years of Service Awards
Please join us in congratulating the following faculty and staff members on their years of service milestones:

  • Joe Szot – 15 years
  • David Katz – 15 Years
  • Sherrie Cooling – 10 years
  • Katie White – 5 years

Multiple faculty members received the ‘YOU Make a Difference’ Award in December

  • Dinesh Voruganti, MD
  • Shelly  McGurk, ARNP
  • Melinda Johnson, MD
  • Wendy Fiordellisi, MD

Lauris Kaldjian Receives Laureate Award: At the Iowa ACP Chapter meeting held in Des Moines last October, Dr. Lauris Kaldjian received one of this year’s Laureate Awards. The Laureate Award recognizes a physician’s achievements and excellence in internal medicine in the state.

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear (ICAN) weapons awarded Nobel Peace Prize for 2017
In October, ICAN was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017. Our very own John Rachow is a member on the Board of Directors and is the sitting National President for Physicians for Social Responsibility, a partner organization of ICAN.

Dinesh Voruganti Wins Research Award
Dinesh Voruganti
won first place for Best Clinical Research Poster at this year’s 51st Annual Department of Internal Medicine Research Day. Dinesh’s poster, “Association between diabetes mellitus and poor outcomes after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: A systematic review and meta-analysis,” was one of about seventy posters presented in total.

Faculty and Staff Recognized at this year’s SHM Iowa Chapter Meeting
In October, the Iowa Chapter for Society of Hospital Medicine held their annual meeting, Progress 2017: Learning Together in the 21st Century. At this meeting, three faculty and staff members received awards.

  • Kevin Glenn – Excellence in Research
  • Shelly McGurk – Clinical Excellence for Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants
  • Evelyn Perry – Excellence in Management in Hospital Medicine

Palliative Care Team receives YOU Make a Difference Award
In February, the Palliative Care Team received the YOU Make a Difference Award for their care and compassion while dealing with a patient on their unit. The patient’s daughter-in-law nominated the team who helped her father-in-law after it was determined that he had a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. “Words cannot express the gratitude we have for the superior treatment he received from your staff. There were so many I can’t begin to recall them all. Your staff on Medical Oncology, 4JPE, CVICU, SNICU, and Palliative care units were AMAZING. Please make sure everyone knows how much we appreciate them, and we never could have made it through this without them. Thanks!”

Supportive and Palliative Care Earned Their Fourth Certification from the Joint Commission
On January 30th, Supportive and Palliative Care received their fourth certification by Joint Commission. Of particular note, the program earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, a symbol of quality for an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Read the full article by visiting The Loop.

Marin Schweizer Highlighted in Dr. Abel’s Making the Rounds
In the February 2nd issue of Making the Rounds: Depth and Diversity of Our Research Bend, Dr. Abel highlighted members of our department who PhD degrees. Marin Schweizer was one of six faculty members featured by Dr. Abel for her recent VA merit grant. Marin’s goal is to better understand antibiotic resistance.

Yuya Hagiwara Receives Travel Grant
Yuya Hagiwara, MD
, received a travel grant from The University of Iowa’s Council on Teaching to attend the Innovations in Medical Education Conference in Los Angeles in February. While at the conference, Yuya was invited to moderate a panel on innovations in graduate medical education. Yuya hopes to bring back ideas for a new component of the Ambulatory Education Curriculum that he and Gwen Beck, MD, are introducing later this spring.