Faculty Recognition 2The Dean’s Excellence Awards are annual honors to recognize outstanding contributions made by faculty across the School of Medicine—one to a junior faculty member (instructor or assistant professor) and the other to a senior faculty member (associate professor or full professor)—in the areas of service, teaching, research, mentorship and diversity enhancement. 

Awardees are selected through a peer-review process facilitated by a member of the dean’s leadership team.


Kierstin Kennedy, M.D., MSHA

Kierstin Kennedy, M.D., MSHA Service

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Samuel C. Cartner, DVM, Ph.D.

Samuel C. Cartner, DVM, Ph.D. Service

Professor
Department of Genetics
Lauren Nassetta, M.D.

Lauren Nassetta, M.D. Teaching

Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
F. Stanford Massie Jr., M.D., FACP

F. Stanford Massie Jr., M.D., FACP Teaching

Professor
Department of Medicine
Jayme E. Locke, M.D., MPH

Jayme E. Locke, M.D., MPH Research

Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
J. Edwin Blalock, Ph.D.

J. Edwin Blalock, Ph.D. Research

Professor
Department of Medicine
Richard J. Whitley, M.D.

Richard J. Whitley, M.D. Research

Distinguished Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Lauren A. Walter, M.D.

Lauren A. Walter, M.D. Mentorship

Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Jennifer Pollock, Ph.D.

Jennifer Pollock, Ph.D. Mentorship

Professor
Department of Medicine
David E. Briles, Ph.D.

David E. Briles, Ph.D. Diversity Enhancement

Professor
Department of Microbiology
Latesha Elopre, M.D.

Latesha Elopre, M.D. Diversity Enhancement

Instructor
Department of Medicine
Michele Kong, M.D.

Michele Kong, M.D. Service

Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Avi Madan-Swain, Ph.D.

Avi Madan-Swain, Ph.D. Service

Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Steve Stigler, M.D.

Steve Stigler, M.D. Teaching

Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
Michele Nichols, M.D.

Michele Nichols, M.D. Teaching

Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Beatriz Leon Ruiz, Ph.D.

Beatriz Leon Ruiz, Ph.D. Research

Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology
David Sweatt, Ph.D.

David Sweatt, Ph.D. Research

Chair
Department of Neurobiology
Yong Zhou, M.D., Ph.D.

Yong Zhou, M.D., Ph.D. Mentorship

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Lisa Schwiebert, Ph.D.

Lisa Schwiebert, Ph.D. Mentorship

Professor
Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology
Lee Ascherman, M.D.

Lee Ascherman, M.D. Diversity Enhancement

Professor
Department of Psychiatry

2016 Winners

Service

Junior Faculty

Kierstin Kennedy, M.D., MSHA
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine

Senior Faculty

Avi Madan Swain 5 RTSamuel C. Cartner, DVM, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Genetics

Teaching

Junior Faculty

William Stigler 6RTLauren Nassetta, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics

Senior Faculty

Michele Nichols 3RTF. Stanford Massie Jr., M.D., FACP
Professor
Department of Medicine

Research

Junior Faculty

Beatriz Leon Ruiz 7 RTJayme E. Locke, M.D., MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery

Senior Faculty

David Sweatt 1 RTJ. Edwin Blalock, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Medicine

Senior Faculty

David Sweatt 1 RTRichard J. Whitley, M.D.
Distinguished Professor
Department of Pediatrics

Mentorship

Junior Faculty

Yong Zhou 3RTLauren A. Walter, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine

Senior Faculty

SchwiebertJennifer Pollock, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Medicine

Diversity Enhancement

Senior Faculty

Ascherman, LeeDavid E. Briles, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Microbiology

Junior Faculty

Ascherman, LeeLatesha Elopre, M.D.
Instructor
Department of Medicine

2015 Winners

Service

Junior Faculty

Michele Kong, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics

Senior Faculty

Avi Madan Swain 5 RTAvi Madan-Swain, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics

Teaching

Junior Faculty

William Stigler 6RTSteve Stigler, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine

Senior Faculty

Michele Nichols 3RTMichele Nichols, M.D.
Professor
Department of Pediatrics

Research

Junior Faculty

Beatriz Leon Ruiz 7 RTBeatriz Leon Ruiz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology

Senior Faculty

David Sweatt 1 RTDavid Sweatt, Ph.D.
Chair
Department of Neurobiology

Mentorship

Junior Faculty

Yong Zhou 3RTYong Zhou, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine

Senior Faculty

SchwiebertLisa Schwiebert, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology

Diversity Enhancement

Senior Faculty

Ascherman, LeeLee Ascherman, M.D.
Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Raegan Durant, M.D., MPH

Raegan Durant, M.D., MPH Diversity Enhancement

Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Nicole Jones, M.D.

Nicole Jones, M.D. Diversity Enhancement

Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Kenneth Saag, M.D., MSc

Kenneth Saag, M.D., MSc Mentorship

Jane Knight Lowe Chair of Medicine in Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
Deniz Peker, M.D.

Deniz Peker, M.D. Mentorship

Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology
Casey Weaver, M.D.

Casey Weaver, M.D. Research

Wyatt and Susan Haskell Endowed Professorship for Medical Excellence
Department of Pathology
Surya Bhatt, M.D.

Surya Bhatt, M.D. Research

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Stefan Kertesz, M.D., MSc

Stefan Kertesz, M.D., MSc Service

Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Marianthe Grammas, M.D.

Marianthe Grammas, M.D. Service

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Eric Wallace, M.D.

Eric Wallace, M.D. Service

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Hussein Abdullatif, M.D.

Hussein Abdullatif, M.D. Teaching

Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Jennifer Gordetsky, M.D.

Jennifer Gordetsky, M.D. Teaching

Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology
Adam Wende, Ph.D.

Adam Wende, Ph.D. Research

Andre Ballesteros-Tato, Ph.D.

Andre Ballesteros-Tato, Ph.D. Research

Steven Rowe, M.D., MSPH

Steven Rowe, M.D., MSPH Research

John Kearney, Ph.D.

John Kearney, Ph.D. Research

Stephanie Berger, M.D.

Stephanie Berger, M.D. Teaching

Michael Barnett, M.D., MS, FAAP, FAAHPM

Michael Barnett, M.D., MS, FAAP, FAAHPM Teaching

Marisa Marques, M.D.

Marisa Marques, M.D. Teaching

Vineeta Kumar, M.D.

Vineeta Kumar, M.D. Teaching

Ben Wei, M.D.

Ben Wei, M.D. Service

Chad Petit, Ph.D.

Chad Petit, Ph.D. Service

Veena Antony, M.D.

Veena Antony, M.D. Service

Sarah Nafziger, M.D.

Sarah Nafziger, M.D. Service

Stu Frank, M.D.

Stu Frank, M.D. Mentorship

Jaime McKinney, M.D.

Jaime McKinney, M.D. Diversity Enhancement

Monica Baskin, Ph.D.

Monica Baskin, Ph.D. Diversity Enhancement

Mohammad Athar, Ph.D.

Mohammad Athar, Ph.D. Research

Department of Dermatology
Jeremy Day, Ph.D.

Jeremy Day, Ph.D. Research

Department of Neurobiology
Anath Shalev, M.D.

Anath Shalev, M.D. Research

Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Mike Wells, M.D.

Mike Wells, M.D. Research

Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care
Cristin Gavin, Ph.D.

Cristin Gavin, Ph.D. Teaching

Department of Neurobiology
Jim Johnson, M.D.

Jim Johnson, M.D. Teaching

Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care
Lou Justement, Ph.D.

Lou Justement, Ph.D. Teaching

Department of Microbiology
Winter Williams, M.D.

Winter Williams, M.D. Teaching

Division of General Internal Medicine
Edward Colvin, M.D.

Edward Colvin, M.D. Service

Department of Pediatrics
Chris Godlewski, M.D.

Chris Godlewski, M.D. Service

Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Leah Leisch, M.D.

Leah Leisch, M.D. Service

Division of General Internal Medicine
Melanie Morris, M.D.

Melanie Morris, M.D. Service

Department of Surgery
Vishnu Reddy, M.D.

Vishnu Reddy, M.D. Service

Department of Pathology
Jeff Simmons, M.D.

Jeff Simmons, M.D. Service

Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Yabing Chen, Ph.D.

Yabing Chen, Ph.D. Mentorship

Department of Pathology
Mark Dransfield, M.D.

Mark Dransfield, M.D. Mentorship

Department of Medicine 
Herb Chen, M.D.

Herb Chen, M.D. Diversity

Department of Surgery
Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D., MPH

Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D., MPH Diversity

Division of Preventive Medicine