Ruth Leonard, Joe Merrill, Michael Langer
Ruth Leonard, Joe Merrill, and Michael Langer

Professor Joseph Merrill received a lifetime achievement award from the Washington State Health Care Authority.

Dr. Merrill was the driving force behind the initial three-year, $3 million, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction grant awarded to the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery in 2015.

The best practices implemented and outcomes produced by Dr. Merrill and his team working with patients throughout that grant are credited with the tens of millions of dollars of new grant funds for opioid prevention and treatment services awarded to the Washington State Health Care Authority. 

Dr. Merrill also directs the new UW Addiction Medicine Fellowship, which has recently received ACGME accreditation.

Laxminarsimha Reddy

Clinical Assistant Professor Laxminarsimha (Simha) Reddy received the American Public Health Association (APHA) Caucus on Homelessness Clinician Award. Established in 1990, the Caucus on Homelessness is designed to provide a forum for professionals working on homelessness and health issues.

Dr. Reddy was selected for his exceptional work in homeless care. He is a tireless advocate for patients in the VA and the community. Earlier this year, Dr. Reddy received an award from the VA Secretary, and last spring he was selected as the keynote speaker for the 40th anniversary of the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC), a shelter in Seattle.

Dr. Reddy is on Twitter at SimhaReddyMD.


Judith Tsui, headshot

Associate Professor Judith Tsui has been selected by the E17 Medical Student Class to receive the Outstanding Research Mentor Award.

Out of over 100 student nominations from around the WWAMI region, 10 mentors were selected by the School of Medicine Scholarship Committee based on exemplary characteristics of

  • developing a supportive environment for scholarship,
  • being readily available to guide students from proposal to poster,
  • demonstrating personal concern for mentees and supporting both their personal and professional development,
  • valuing scholarship, and
  • demonstrating professionalism.

Dr. Tsui’s award will be presented at the 2019 UW School of Medicine III Poster Session in November.



Source: DOM Week