By Wendy Sarubbi | November 5, 2018 1:05 pm


“Excellence” was the word of the night as the College of Medicine honored core and volunteer faculty, staff members and students at the annual awards celebration October 30.

“Whether we are teachers, learners, researchers or providers of care, our mission is the same. To improve the health of all,” Dr. Deborah German, vice president for health affairs and dean said as she welcomed guests to the event. “I’m thrilled we are gathering here as partners in that effort. Because it’s by working together – in bold, innovative ways – that we can make the biggest difference in the health of our community.”

Here are the Honorees:

Faculty Awards

Dean’s Award — Gideon Lewis, Rick Ramnath











Richard B. Hornick M.D. Faculty Award — Hubert Swana, Stephen Knych

Clinical Achievement Award — Maria Canarozzi










Community Service Award — Caridad Hernandez, Tracy Macintosh.

Early Career Educator Award — Javier Rosario

Excellence in Medical Librarianship Award — Pamela Herring

Innovative Teaching Award – Laurel Gorman, Ariel Vera

Early Career Investigator Award for Achievement in Research — Paul Banerjee

Research Career Achievement Award — Yoon-Seong Kim.

Outstanding Undergraduate & Graduate Educator Awards — Emily Bradshaw, Claudia Andl

M1 Golden Apple Award — Travis Jewett, Shiva Kalidindi

M2 Golden Apple Award — Jeffrey LaRochelle

Clerkship Director Golden Apple Award — Aileen Caceres

Clerkship Educator Golden Apple Award — Prashant Desai

Resident Educator Golden Apple AwardMina Bekhit

Golden Apple Practice of Medicine Preceptor Award — Tracy Macintosh, Adrian Burrowes

Practice of Medicine Preceptor Excellence Award Venkatesh Nagalpadi, Nicanor Arca

Valuable Contributions to the Admissions Program Award — Cecil Wilson, Wayne Barry

Valuable Contributions to the Anatomy Lab AwardGeorg Wiese, Sandra Deniz

Valuable Contributions to the Clinical Skills Program AwardFrederick Fisher, David Simmons

Valuable Contributions to the FIRE Module Award — William DeCampli

Clerkship Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award — Shiva Seetahal, Ajith Potluri, John D’Andrea, Esteban Janolo, Shelly McLaren, Prashant Desai, Esther Baldinger, Sara DeNardis, Nick Erbrich

Resident Excellence in Teaching Award Mena Bekhit, Sergio Ramirez, Brett Pierce, Julian Trivino, Sean McCarty


Student Awards

Academic Excellence Award — Pressley Chakales, Jake Cotton, David Alex Cronkite, Jason Day, Sapna Desai, Johnathen Diaz, Cole Friedes, Steven Glener, Terah Hennick, Lisa Malyak, Priyanshi Patel, Merin Reji, Connor Sleeth, Lacie Turnbull, Logan Walker

Excellence in Clinical Skills Award — Priyanshi Patel

Faculty Choice Award — Meagan Acevedo

Distinguished Service Award — Arjun Patel

International Medical Service Award — Lauren Everett

Service and Humanity in Medicine Award — Ashley Lim


Staff Awards

USPS Employee of the Year Award — Liz Gordian-Olmo.

USPS Employee of the Year Award for Medical Education — Liz Gordian-Olmo.

USPS Employee of the Year for Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences — Jeanette Galloway











USPS Employee of the Year for UCF Health/UCF HealthArch — Melia Christie-Wiles.

A&P Employee of the Year — Christy Shell

Team of the Year Award – Faculty Life Office – Andrea Berry, Angela Irvin, Carolyn Castro-Pagan, Alaina West, Mario Alequin, Elizabeth Ivey



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