Awards and Honors

Internal Medicine Residents Accepted to Present at Regional SGIM
Five Internal Medicine Residents (Jennifer Strouse, Jeremy Steinman, Heidi Ahmed, Christopher Koehn & Mohammad ‘Salaman’ Ansari) had their team QI projects accepted for oral presentations at this year’s regional SGIM meeting. The Division is sponsoring each resident so that they can attend the meeting held in Chicago September 14-15. 

General Medicine Faculty Promotions
Congratulations to Justin Smock and Hilary Mosher who were promoted this month to Clinical Associate Professor!

Melinda Johnson to Attend SHM Fall Strategic Board Meeting
Melinda Johnson, MD, was recently invited by the President of SHM to attend the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Strategic Board meeting alongside the organizations Board members. Along with her fellow committee chairs and thought leaders, Melinda will be traveling to Philadelphia in September to share her thoughts and ideas on how to grow the organization.

2017 GME Leadership Symposium
Justin Smock, MD was one of eleven people recognized at the 2017 Graduate Medical Education (GME) Leadership Symposium for educating and support the next generation of physicians at UI Health Care.

Executive Leadership Academy
Ethan Kuperman MD, Jeydith Gutierrez-Perez MD, and Evelyn Perry MHA, have all been accepted into next year’s Executive Leadership Academy at UIHC.

Faculty Teacher of the Year
Margo Schilling, MD was one of four faculty members to be honored as Faculty Teacher of the Year by Family Medicine.

Congratulations to Ethan Kuperman, MD on his graduation from the VA Quality Scholars Program!

Carla Pies honored as part of 2017’s ‘100 Great Iowa Nurses’
Carla Pies, ARNP, was one of nineteen UIHC nurses selected for this honor. 100 Great Iowa Nurses is a nonprofit program that honors great nurses in Iowa and recognizes qualities that demonstrate efforts beyond those expected of a nurse, such as concern for humanity, significant contribution to the profession, and mentoring.

Maia Hightower named one of the Most Powerful Women in Health Care IT
Maia Hightower, MD was recently honored for her expertise and leadership in health care IT. She was named one of the Most Powerful Women in Health Care IT by Health Data Management.
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Samantha Solimeo awarded Grant from the VA Office of Rural Health
Samantha Solimeo, PhD, had her grant Identifying Barriers to Implementation and Spread of Specialty Care Telehealth PACT Serving Rural Veterans funded by the VA Office of Rural Health. She will examine implementation strategies associated with a Specialty Care Patient Aligned Care Team designed to deliver primary osteoporosis prevention to rural veterans using telehealth. Dr. Solimeo’s study will provide critical information regarding: 1) the transferability of COI-BHT to other rural regions; 2) the utility of centralized SC-PACT as a rural health delivery model; 3) primary and select specialty care providers’ perceived acceptability through telehealth; 4) primary and select specialty care providers’ perceived acceptability of care coordination agreement and e-consult system; and 5) the feasibility of increased non-VA care utilization for co-managed specialty care of rural-residing veterans (e.g., VA Choice).

Maia Hightower to serve as co-investigator on Pfizer grant
Maia Hightower, MD is serving as co-investigator on an industry-supported grant from Pfizer to evaluate the development of an electronic prescription bundled for nonpharmacologic strategies for pain. The purpose of the study is to evaluate if EMR-based clinical decision support can increase the rate of adoption and dissemination of evidence-based nonpharmacologic strategies for management of pain.

Melinda Johnson Reappointed to SHM Public Policy Committe
Melinda Johnson, MD has been reappointed to a second term on the Society for Hospital Medicine’s Public Policy Committee.  Melinda’s thought and dedication has played a vital role in advancing the goals and accomplishments of the committee.

Heather Reisinger Joins SfAA Board
Heather Reisinger, PhD was recently selected to serve on the Board of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Ann Broderick Receives 2017 IPA Patient Care Partner Award
Ann Broderick, MD was awarded the 2017 IPA Patient Care Partner Award by the Board of Trustees of the Iowa Pharmacy Association.  The award was created to recognize innovative and creative practices which enhance patient care as a result of health care providers working together. 

Aimee Foster Receives ‘YOU Make a Difference’ Award
Aimee Foster, ARNP received a ‘YOU Make a Difference’ Award.  She was nominated by Eric Linson for her extraordinary service.  Aimee joined the Division as an ARNP on the Hospitalist Program in August 2016 and began a 3 month rotation in the emergency department in January 2017.  During her time in the ED, Aimee is tasked with supporting hospitalist patients boarded in the ED, which includes releasing orders, obtaining consults, and ensuring a smooth transition from the ED to the floor.  Regardless of Aimee’s assignment, she strives to ensure the best experience for patients and providers alike.  A prime example of her efforts involves a recent high census day on 6RC.  Aimee proactively assisted her colleagues by traveling to 6RC, rounding with her colleagues, and identifying ways she could both assist and boost morale.  Thank you, Aimee!

Faculty Recognized for Commitment to CCOM Admissions Committee
The Carver College of Medicine Admissions Committee recognizes individuals for their dedication and contributions to the Admissions Committee, including actual meeting time and individual time spent reviewing applications.  Over the past year, Dr. Peter Kaboli contributed 125 hours, Dr. Mary Vaughan Sarrazin contributed 130 hours, and Dr. Katie White contributed 132 hours. 

Aaron Seaman Elected as Secretary for the Association for Anthropology, Gerontology, and the Life Course

Peter Kaboli Receives APhA 2017 Wiederholt Prize
Peter Kaboli, MD received the 2017 Wiederholt Prize for Best Published Paper Award for Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences from the American Pharmacists Associate for his paper, Rural access to clinical pharmacy services.

Eli Perencevich Elected to ASCI
Eli Perencevich, MD has been elected to serve on the Council of the American Society of Clinical Investigation. ASCI is comprised of more than 3,000 academic leaders who are joined by their excellence in biomedical research. The society is committed to understanding and advancing the treatment of disease.

Heather Reisinger Elected to the Society for Applied Anthropology Board of Directors
Heather Reisinger, PhD has been elected to serve a 3 year term on the Society for Applied Anthropology Board of Directors. Her term will begin on April 1, 2017.