Commencement Awards, May 2016
Cum laude The degree of Doctor of Medicine cum laude will be conferred on students whose academic performance shows unusual merit. Benjamin Brown Albright, Nancy Christine Allen, Michaela Claire Bamdad, Victoria Elizabeth Clark, Hannah Elizabeth Dzimitrowicz, Kelly Jean Fitzgerald, Xiaoyue Mona Guo, Derek Kai Kong, Adam Joseph Kundishora, Benjamin Lerner, Daniel Andrew Okin, Vinay Kumar Rathi, Bob Ross, Megan Alysse Rowlands, Shalom Sokolow, Samir Zaidi, Radoslav Zinoviev
American Academy of Neurology Award Awarded to recognize a graduating medical student for excellence in clinical neurology. Hilary H. Wang
ACP Internal Medicine Award Awarded to a graduating student who will be entering a categorical or primary care internal medicine residency in Connecticut and has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and community service. Aaron Nathaniel Vassall
Norma Bailey Berniker Prize Established in 1970 by bequest of John H. Bailey, B.A. 1900, M.D. 1903. To be awarded to members of the graduating class who give promise of best exemplifying the disciplines and precepts of the Oath of Hippocrates and the Prayer of Maimonides. Michaela Claire Bamdad, Stephanie Celeste Cohen, Flavia DeSouza, Isha Marina Di Bartolo, Benjamin Lerner, Richard K. Kim, Duncan Takeru Reid, Luis Alberto Rubio Delgaldo
The Campbell Prize Founded in 1900 by bequest from James Campbell, honorary M.A. 1891, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1886 to 1899. Awarded to the graduating student who secures the highest score on Step II of the National Board Medical Examination. Benjamin Brown Albright
Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians Award Established in 1994 to recognize outstanding students entering a career in Family Practice. Not awarded in 2016.
Connecticut Chapter of American College of Surgeons Prize Awarded to a graduating student for excellence in surgical sciences. Oliver Kayden Jawitz
The Cortlandt Van Rensselaer Creed Award Established in 1999 in honor of Cortlandt Van Rensselaer Creed, the first African American graduate of Yale School of Medicine in 1857. Awarded through peer nomination to a graduating, underrepresented, minority student in medicine and public health who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, exemplary leadership, and a significant commitment to the community at large. Amanda Lynn Hernandez, Tara Holder
Miriam Kathleen Dasey Award Established in 1950 in honor of Miriam Kathleen Dasey, Registrar from 1921 to 1950. Awarded annually to students who by strength of character, personal integrity, and academic achievement give promise of fulfilling the ideal of the compassionate physician. Stephanie Celeste Cohen, Flavia DeSouza, Isha Marina Di Bartolo, Xiao Mona Guo, Sarah Chaoying Xu
The Dean’s Prize for Community Service This annual award recognizes the graduating student who, by leadership and service, has made major contributions to the School of Medicine, to the New Haven community, or to the community at large. Isha Marina Di Bartolo
Endocrinology Society Medical Student Achievement Award Established in 1997 to recognize a graduating student who has shown special achievement and interest in the general field of endocrinology. Not awarded in 2016.
The Selma and Karl Folkers Prize in Biomedical Research Awarded to graduating M.D./Ph.D. students whose thesis research has demonstrated excellence in basic cell and molecular biology. Nancy Christine Allen, Maya M. Kasowski, Bob Ross
The Peter Grannum Prize Established in 1990. Awarded to an outstanding African American graduate. This annual award is supported by the Shirley, Maggie and Hugh Comer Fund. Cortlyn Brown
The Marguerite Rush Lerner Award Awarded to students for outstanding creative writing. First Place: Wyatt Hong, Sara Tannenbaum, Melissa Thomas; Second Place: Phillip Braun, Wyatt Hong, Lucy Liu; Third Place: Yukiko Kunitomo, Farhan Murshed, Lorenzo Sewanan
The M.D./Ph.D. Alumni Award Awarded to graduating M.D./Ph.D. students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievements, leadership, and service. Amanda Lynn Hernandez, Kelly Jean Fitzgerald
The M.D./Ph.D. Award Awarded to outstanding members of the graduating M.D./Ph.D. class who have shown excellence in both research and clinical activities. Daniel Andrew Okin, Samir Zaidi
New England Pediatric Society Prize Awarded to that member of the graduating class entering pediatrics who in the opinion of peers and faculty best exemplifies those qualities one looks for in a pediatrician: “A competent, caring, good humored person whom I would want to take care of my children.” Jacob Alan Weatherly
The Parker Prize Established in 1914 by bequest from Frank J. Parker, Ph.D. 1895, M.D. 1898. Awarded annually to the graduating students who, during the course, have shown the best qualifications for a successful physician. Cortlyn Brown, Adam Joseph Kundishora
The Perkins Prize Awarded to the student who achieves the highest rank on Step I of the National Board Medical Examination. Kelly Jean Fitzgerald
Mila Rainof Award The Mila Rainof Award will be given each year to a graduating Yale medical student entering the field of emergency medicine who, like Mila, has contagious enthusiasm for caring for patients, while bringing attention, kindness, and compassion to each interaction. Kenneth Richard Wong
The Dr. David and Arthur Schuman Award of Excellence in Family Practice Awarded annually to recognize a student or resident in the State of Connecticut for his or her academic excellence and contributions to the Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians and other organizations that promote understanding of the specialty of Family Medicine. Not awarded in 2016.
The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Award Awarded to the student who has demonstrated excellence in the specialty of emergency medicine. Jared H. Sun
The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award Supported by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Established to honor a graduating student who demonstrates the highest standard of compassion and sensitivity in his or her interaction with patients. Jacob Alan Weatherly
Lauren Weinstein Award Established in 1992 in memory of Lauren Weinstein (Yale medical student, 1988–1989). Given to a student who displays courage, perseverance, and compassion and has dared to reach for the best in herself or himself. Lise Nadine Tchouta
The Milton C. Winternitz Prize in Pathology Established in 1950 in honor of Milton Charles Winternitz, honorary M.A. 1917, Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology, 1917–1925, Anthony N. Brady Professor of Pathology, 1925–1950. Ezra G. Baraban
Thesis Prizes, May 2016
The American Cancer Society Prize Given by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Cancer Society and awarded to a graduating student for an outstanding thesis in the area of cancer. Hannah Elizabeth Dzimitrowicz
The Association for Academic Surgery–Novartis Research Award Awarded to a graduating student entering a surgical field, who has done outstanding research during medical school. Andre Michael Samuel
The Peter F. Curran Prize Established in 1976. To be presented to a graduating medical student for an outstanding thesis. Peter F. Curran was Professor of Physiology at Yale, 1967 to 1974. Derek Kai Kong, Michael Saeyoung Oh
Wilber G. Downs, M.D., M.P.H., Prize for the Outstanding Thesis in International Health Established in 1988 for the best thesis in the area of international health. Katherine Rebecca Standish
The Ferris Prize Established in 1934 and endowed in 1937 by anonymous donors in honor of Harry Burr Ferris, A.A. 1887, M.D. 1890. Awarded to a graduating student for an outstanding thesis. Adam Joseph Kundishora
The William U. Gardner Thesis Prize Established in 1989 by Dr. Gardner’s widow and awarded to the graduating student with the most outstanding thesis in the graduating class. Vinay Kumar Rathi
The Nicholas J. Giarman Prize Established in 1976. Nicholas Giarman was Professor of Pharmacology, 1949 to 1968. To be presented to a student for an outstanding thesis. Kevin Wayne Su
The Keese Prize Established in 1880 by bequest from Mary M. Keese in memory of her son, Hobart Keese, M.D. 1855. Awarded annually to a student who presents an outstanding thesis. Radoslav Zinoviev
The Dr. Harold H. Lamport Biomedical Research Prize Established in 1976. To be presented to a student for an outstanding thesis reporting original biomedical research. Michaela Claire Bamdad
The Lidz Prize in Psychiatry Awarded to a graduating student for an outstanding thesis in the field of psychiatry or neuroscience. Shalom Sokolow
The M.D./Ph.D. Thesis Prize Awarded to the graduating M.D./Ph.D. student with the most outstanding dissertation. Victoria Elizabeth Clark
Dr. Marvin Moser Prize Established in 2007 by Dr. Marvin Moser for a prize-winning thesis in preventive cardiology, lipid disorders, or hypertension. Benjamin Brown Albright
The Dr. Louis H. Nahum Prize Founded in 1973 by bequest from Louis H. Nahum, M.D. 1916. Awarded annually to a member of the graduating class who merits such award by virtue of the excellence of the thesis that the student has written as required for the medical degree. Megan Alysse Rowlands
The John P. Peters Prize Established in 1976. To be presented to students for an outstanding thesis in the area of internal medicine. John P. Peters was Professor of Medicine at Yale, 1927 to 1955. Benjamin Andrew Lerner
David and Harriet Seligson Thesis Prize Established in 2011 in honor of Dr. David Seligson for the best thesis in the area of laboratory medicine. Sponsored by the Department of Laboratory Medicine. Aaron Nathaniel Vassall
The Louis G. Welt Prize Established in 1976. To be presented to a student for an outstanding thesis. Louis Welt was Chairman and Professor of Medicine at Yale, 1972 to 1974. Xiaoyue Mona Guo
The Abraham White Prize Awarded annually to a graduating student for outstanding research. Established in 2010, the prize is in memory of Dr. Abraham White, who served as a distinguished teacher and scholar of physiological chemistry at Yale from 1931 to 1948. Vikram Jairam
Student Research Day Oral Presentations, May 3, 2016
Vinay Kumar Rathi. Clinical Studies of High-Risk Therapeutic Medical Devices Receiving FDA Premarket Approval in 2010 and 2011: Total Product Life Cycle Evidence Generation (Dr. Joseph Ross, Internal Medicine)
Radoslav Zinoviev. Evaluating the Impact of Graduate Medical Education (GME) Funding on Hospital Performance (Dr. Howard Forman, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging)
Adam Joseph Kundishora. Restoring Consciousness during Seizures with Deep Brain Stimulation (Dr. Hal Blumenfeld, Neurology)
Megan Alysse Rowlands. Language at Rest: A Longitudinal Study of Intrinsic Functional Connectivity in Preterm Children (Dr. Laura Ment, Pediatrics)
Victoria Elizabeth Clark. Characterizing the Genomic Architecture and Molecular Mechanisms Driving the Formation of Non-NF2 Meningiomas (Dr. Murat Gunel, Neuroscience)
Awards to Faculty and House Staff, May 2016
The Francis Gilman Blake Award Established in 1952 by Nu Sigma Nu. Endowed by Dr. Robert C. Kirk, B.S. 1930, as a memorial to his twin brother, Dr. Gilman D. Kirk, B.S. 1930. Awarded annually to that member of the faculty of the School of Medicine designated by the senior class as the most outstanding teacher(s) of the medical sciences. Anthony W. Kim, M.D.
Charles W. Bohmfalk Prizes Established in 1989 under the terms of the Alice Bohmfalk Charitable Trust. Prestigious teaching prizes will be awarded annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the teaching program, one in the basic sciences and one in the clinical sciences, as judged by the faculty and students. Basic Sciences: Alfred I. Lee, M.D., Ph.D. Clinical Sciences: Jaideep Talwalkar, M.D.
The Alvan R. Feinstein Award Presented to a Yale School of Medicine faculty member chosen as the outstanding teacher of the year of clinical skills by a committee of chairs of the clinical departments, associate chairs, and students. Christopher L. Moore, M.D.
The Leah M. Lowenstein Award Presented annually by the Office for Women in Medicine to faculty members who are models of a medical educator whose humane teaching reaches and influences all students regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic background. These are the traits espoused by the late Leah Lowenstein, a medical educator and first female dean of a coeducational medical school. Mark B. Russi, M.D., M.P.H.
The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award Presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Established in 1998 to honor the faculty member who demonstrates the highest standard of compassion and sensitivity in his or her interaction with patients. Karen J. Jubanyik, M.D.
The Betsy Winters House Staff Award Presented annually to that member of the House Staff of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center, designated by the graduating class, who has/have made the most significant contribution to the education of medical students. Kimberly W. Keefe, M.D.