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Awards and Honors Across Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Zaid Almarzooq, an instructor in medicine, was named to the National Resident Matching Program’s Board of Directors. The program aims to match healthcare professionals to graduate medical education and advanced training programs through a fair, efficient, transparent and reliable process. Dr. Almarzooq began his two-year term on July 1.

Dr. Jack D. Barchas, chairman of psychiatry, the Barklie McKee Professor of Psychiatry and a professor of psychiatry, on June 20 received the Mortimer J. Blumenthal Memorial Award from the UJA-Federation of New York’s Mental Health Professionals Division for his accomplishments in mental health and his many years of involvement and consistent support for UJA. The UJA-Federation of New York is a philanthropic organization that aims to strengthen community and sustain the activities of more than 100 health, social service, educational and community agencies.

Dr. Mary Choi, a professor of medicine, on June 2 was honored at the 2017 Brooklyn Go Red for Women Luncheon for furthering the mission of the American Heart Association. Go Red for Women encourages women and their families to take action and spread awareness about heart disease.

Dr. Darshana Dadhania, an associate professor of medicine and of medicine in surgery, was named chair of the Kidney Pancreas Community of Practice of the American Society of Transplantation. As chair, Dr. Dadhania will provide feedback and advise the society’s board on policy proposals, educational research initiatives and other items related to kidney and pancreas transplantation. She will also help identify and implement initiatives linked to the society’s strategic plan. The society is dedicated to advancing the field of transplantation and improving patient care by promoting research, education, advocacy and organ donation. Dr. Dadhania will serve as chair through 2019.

Dr. Fabrizio Michelassi, chairman of the Department of Surgery, the Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor of Surgery and a professor of surgery, won the 2017 Maurice R. Greenberg Distinguished Service Award. The award honors a senior member of the NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine medical staff for exceptional and longstanding service.

Dr. Diego Real de Asua, a fellow of medical ethics in medicine, has been awarded an early career award by the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine. The Prof. Dr. Jaime Merino Young Internist Award recognizes a Spanish internist under 35 who has displayed a strong commitment to and involvement with the society for at least the past 3 years, and an excellent career trajectory in the clinical, research and teaching fields. Dr. Real de Asua received the award at the society’s 38th annual meeting, which took place in Madrid from Nov. 22-24.

Dr. Sarah Rutherford, the John P. Leonard, M.D./Gwirtzman Family Research Scholar in Lymphoma and an assistant professor of medicine, was named a scholar of the Lymphoma Research Foundation. As part of the Lymphoma Clinical Research Mentoring Program, Dr. Rutherford, who also received a $10,000 award, intends to successfully design and administer clinical research studies, apply for future grant funding and develop professional skills to succeed as an independent researcher in the fields of lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The foundation funds lymphoma research and provides patients and healthcare professionals with updated information about the cancer.

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