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Awards and Honors Across Weill Cornell Medicine

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Dr. Donald J. D’Amico, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, received the Lifetime Mentoring Award from the Vit-Buckle Society in April at its annual meeting in Las Vegas. The Vit-Buckle Society provides an open forum that mentors developing vitreoretinal surgeons, nurtures innovative surgical technologies and therapeutic approaches for retinal diseases and fosters best practices. The honor was in recognition of Dr. D’Amico’s distinguished career in training and mentoring vitreoretinal surgeons.

Dr. Rainu Kaushal, chair of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, has been selected to serve as a member of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research for a term of three years. The panel was approved by the institute’s board of governors to advise and provide assistance in identifying its national priorities and to establish its patient-centered research agenda.

Dr. Klaus Kjaer, associate professor of clinical anesthesiology and of anesthesiology in clinical obstetrics and gynecology, has been elected second vice president of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP). The society was founded in 1968 to provide a forum for discussion of problems unique to the peripartum period. SOAP is comprised of anesthesiologists, obstetricians, pediatricians and basic scientists who share an interest in the care of pregnant patients and newborns. Dr. Kjaer will also serve a five-year term on the board of directors for the society.

Dr. Rahul Sharma, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and emergency physician-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, has been selected as one of the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association’s 45 Under 45 influencers in emergency medicine for 2019. The association awards this designation to young influencers who are shaping the future of emergency medicine by making a difference in communities and hospitals. Dr. Sharma was selected out of a pool of over 400 nominations.

Dr. Judy Stribling, assistant librarian of the Samuel J. Wood Library, has been awarded the 2019 Consumer Health Librarian of the Year Award by the Medical Library Association. Consumer health librarians focus on the continuum of health information services that benefit patients, caregivers and individuals interested in optimal health and healthcare for themselves and their families. Established in 2017, this award recognizes those who demonstrate excellence in consumer health information services, promote innovation and collaboration, and provide examples to follow for other consumer health librarians.

Dr. Heather Yeo, the Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholar in Healthcare Policy and Research/Clinical Evaluation and an assistant professor of surgery and of healthcare policy and research, was awarded the 2019 Health Care Disparities Research Award by the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) in May at their annual meeting in San Diego. She was honored for her project entitled “Understanding Disparities in Surgical Academic Health Center and Their Association with Sub Specialty Choice.” This award assists in the development of young faculty members engaged in disparities research in digestive diseases.

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