Dr. Genevieve Pagalilauan, associate professor, was recognized by her peers with The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award. The award honors individuals or groups who exemplify Martin Luther King’s principles through:

  • Creating an environment and community where individuals can empower themselves
  • Commitment to addressing community needs, particularly communities of color and low income
  • Development and implementation of significant programs to improve the human condition
  • Outstanding efforts to protect and empower all individuals


Ashok Reddy, assistant professor, and William Weppner, assistant professor, receive awards at the 2018 Northwest Chapter of the Society for General Internal Medicine (SGIM) conference. Dr. Reddy received the Clinician Investigator Award, and Dr. Weppner received the Clinical Educator Award.


Dr. Thomas Gallagher, professor and associate chair, was honored by the Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) with a John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award. The patient safety awards program, launched in 2002, honors the late John M. Eisenberg, MD, MBA, former administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Gallagher was honored in the Individual Achievement category for his work to improve transparency in disclosure of injury to patients who have been harmed during their medical treatment.


Drs. Susan Merel, assistant professor; Caroline Hurd, Shobha Stack, acting instructor; and Douglas Paauw, professor, won Best Programmatic Innovation Poster at the recent Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine conference for “Tell me more: Practicing Primary Palliative Care Skills in the Internal Medicine Clerkship.” Dr. Merel also won the Best Poster in the Programmatic Innovations Category at Academic Internal Medicine Week. Her work was titled “Tell me more:” Practicing Primary Palliative Care Skills in the Internal Medicine Clerkship.


Seattle Magazine’s 2018 list of Top Doctors include several GIM providers. More than 7,800 nominations were submitted by more than 600 physicians.

Amanda Shepherd, clinical instructor, and Michael Lenaeus, clinical assistant professor, were named 2018 UWMC Patient Safety Heroes! Individuals are nominated by coworkers and selected for “going above and beyond on behalf of patients.”


In May, Stephan Fihn, professor and division head, was recognized for his nearly 36 years of service to the VA. At the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System’s celebration of research, InnoVAtion to Implementation: A celebration of VA Research, Dr. Fihn was honored with an Acknowledgment of Service to the VA.


Terry Chen, acting instructor, received a Spring Cares Award from UW Medicine. Awarded twice a year, the honor goes to faculty, staff, and teams that demonstrate excellence in respecting privacy, communicating effectively, professional conduct, accountability, and commitment to colleagues and UW Medicine.

Dr. Gabrielle Berger, clinical assistant professor, received the 34th annual Paul B. Beeson Award. Dr. Berger was chosen by the medicine residents in recognition of outstanding clinical teaching and for exemplifying scholarship, humility, compassion, and integrity. The award commemorates Dr. Paul Beeson, a distinguished physician at the Seattle VA in the 1970s, who was celebrated for his teaching skills.


Drs. Divya Gollapudi, clinical assistant professor, and Lindee Strizich, clinical instructor, are the Stern Teaching Award recipients for Fiscal Year 2019. The award, originated and administered by Douglas Paauw, director of Medicine Student Programs, provides protected time for one year for junior faculty members to hone their teaching skills while working with senior faculty mentors. Dr. Gollapudi will focus on perioperative and consult hospital medicine in both the inpatient and outpatient setting while continuing her regular teaching, her clinical work and her director responsibilities in the Medical Operative Consult Clinic at Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Strizich will focus on identifying what strategies and feedback styles are effective for coaching struggling teams and learners while continuing her regular teaching and her clinical work in the Hospital Medicine Program at the UW Medical Center

Sources: DOM Week, MD Aware, and internal communications