The first half of 2022 has seen recognition of our faculty efforts in the form of honors and awards.

Anita Chopra, headshot
Dr. Anita Chopra
Starting in January, Dr. Anita Chopra was one of two recipients of UW’s 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. The award honors individuals or groups who exemplify Martin Luther King’s principles: a commitment to the needs of communities, particularly communities of color and low income; to programs that improve the human condition; and efforts to protect and empower all individuals.

Dr. Chopra was honored for her involvement with community outreach and bridging healthcare gaps for the past 10 years. She organizes free health camps for the underserved communities providing preventive, primary, and secondary care. The Department of Medicine recently published a faculty spotlight about her ongoing work

January also saw the Society of General Internal Medicine Northwest Chapter’s annual meeting. Part of the agenda was recognizing Assistant Professor Adelaide McClintock with the Clinician Educator Award. This honor is intended for early or mid-career doctors who have displayed innovation and excellence in teaching and/or in the delivery of clinical care.

Continuing with January events, the Idaho Chapter of the American College of Physicians’ annual meeting announced Dr. Melissa (Moe) Hagman as the 2022 recipient of the Laureate Award. This commendation goes to Fellows and Masters of the College who have demonstrated by their example and conduct, an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, or research and in service to their community, their Chapter, and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Hagman was selected for her record of hard work in supporting and role modelling in medical education, professionalism and academic leadership in the state of Idaho and nationally.

Douglas Paauw, head shot
Dr. Douglas Paauw
Moving forward to April, Professor Douglas Paauw received the highest honor of the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM). The Ruth-Marie E. Fincher, MD, Service Award annually recognizes a CDIM member who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the association. Dr. Paauw was served on the CDIM Council and many committees, presented at numerous conferences, and mentored “countless faculty.” CDIM is part of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, and its members are individuals responsible for teaching internal medicine to medical students. 

In May, the American Academy of HIV Medicine named Clinical Associate Professor Hillary Liss as the newest co-recipient of the Cesar Augusto Caceres Award for Technology in HIV Practice for her work with Dr. Jennifer Jones-Vanderleest to improve HIV care in the jail system. This award recognizes persons who have created, adapted and/or used innovative technology in their HIV practice and to share that technological knowledge with others in the practice of HIV medicine to improve patient care. 

Earlier this month, Dr. Lauren Renata Thronson was announced as the DOM’s 38th recipient of the Paul B. Beeson Award. The honor commemorates Dr. Paul Beeson, a distinguished physician at the Seattle VA in the 1970s who was celebrated for his teaching skills. Dr. Thronson was chosen by the medicine residents in recognition of her outstanding clinical teaching and for exemplifying scholarship, humility, compassion, and integrity. Clinical Associate Professor Thronson is the associate program director for educational strategies for our Internal Medicine Residency program and the director of the student evening clinic at Harborview Medical Center. 

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Dr. Cora Sack
UW accolades continued with Assistant Professor Coralynn Sack receiving the SOM’s Internal Medicine Residency Program’s Research Mentor Award. Residents nominate candidates who help residents identify and achieve personal goals by investing effort that fosters productivity and career advancement. The final awardee is selected by residency program leaders based on mentorship excellence in medical research. 

Dr. Sack’s research activities integrate translational experimental design and epidemiologic studies to characterize environmental exposures, explore disease mechanisms and investigate health outcomes. Current research interests include the health effects of air pollution, occupational exposures in cannabis workers, and the environmental causes of interstitial lung disease.

Most recently, Seattle Magazine released its annual list of the area’s Top Doctors. The following GIM doctors were named:
John Amory
Bradley Anawalt
Sona Bhatti
Neeti Choudhury
Edward Dy
Barak Gaster
Deborah Greenberg
Kathryn Harris
Deborah Huang
Hillary Liss
Joseph Merrill
Kim O'Connor
Douglas Paauw
Genevieve Pagalilauan
John Sheffield
Nancy Sugg
Paul Sutton