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Convocation Recognizes Medical Students' Achievements

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Students from the Weill Cornell Medical College Class of 2020 were recognized for their outstanding achievements, with the winners announced on May 27. Medical students received special awards, prizes and certificates, acknowledging their exceptional academic achievement, scholarship, research, teaching and service. Convocation also honors other students, alumni, faculty and staff.

The following is a complete list of all of the award winners:

Student Awards

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The Alan van Poznak Award
Andrew Robert Milewski

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The Moselle and Milton Pollack Prize in Medical Ethics
Kevin Saile Ackerman

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The T. Campbell Thompson Prize for Excellence in Orthopedic Surgery
Francesca Rose Coxe

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The Edward Norton Prize in Ophthalmology
Richmond Lee Manning Woodward

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Henry Adelman Memorial Award for Excellence in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
Amy Yuan Sun

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Henry Adelman Memorial Award for Excellence in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
John Butterworth III

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The Faith Stewart-Gordon Prize in Rehab Medicine
Elizabeth Selvaggio

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The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award
Barbara Elena Sahagun

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The American Academy of Neurology
Anna Chaojun Cai

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The Weiss Prize for Excellence in Clinical Medicine
Brittany Tamar Abel

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The Joan Severino Parisi Prize in Internal Medicine
Eliza Cricco-Lizza

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The Yvette & Seymour Feil Prize in Medicine
Sven Joshua Walderich

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The Clarence C. Coryell Prize in Medicine
Srikanth Palanisamy

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The Alfred Moritz Michaelis Prize in General Medicine
Kevin Chan

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The David & Gladys Drusin Memorial Prize
Kevin Ackerman

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The Paul Sherlock Prize in Internal Medicine
Karina Nicole Ruiz-Esteves

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The Jay Lawrence Award for Clinical Proficiency in Infectious Disease
Jonathan Stephen Galati

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The Anthony Seth Werner, M.D. Memorial Prize
Julio Andres Alverez



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The Arthur Palmer Prize for Efficiency in Otorhinolaryngology
Michael Zhao Cheng

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The James A. Moore Scholarship
Tasher Losenegger

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The Fabrizio Michelassi Medical Student Prize
Arpit Gupta

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The Clarence C. Coryell Prize in Surgery
Teagan Elizabeth Marshall

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The G.Thomas Shires II Prize in Surgery
Andrea Yu-Ling Liu

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The Elise Strang L'Esperance Prize in Public Health
Anna Chaojun

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The Elise Strang L'Esperance Prize in Public Health
Mary Cox

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The George G. Reader Prize in Public Health
Edwin Rosendo

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The George G. Reader Prize in Public Health
Sophia White

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The George S. Meister Prize in Pediatrics
Andzelika Dechnik

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The Mitchell Spivak Memorial Prize in Pediatrics
Alexa Gildea David

Service Awards/Central Awards

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The John Metcalf Polk Prizes
Stephanie Y Tsai

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The John Metcalf Polk Prizes
Sven Joshua Walderich

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The John Metcalf Polk Prizes
Sophia White

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The Charles L. Horn Prize
Brittany Tamar Abel

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The Charles L. Horn Prize
Karina Nicole Ruiz-Esteves

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The Leonard Tow Humanism Award
Amanda Hayley Ceravolo

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The Medical Society of the State of NY
Anna Chaojun Cai

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The Medical Society of the State of NY
Andrew Robert Milewski

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Glasgow-Rubin Memorial Achievement Citations
Brittany Tamar Abel

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Glasgow-Rubin Memorial Achievement Citations
Andzelika Dechnik

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Glasgow-Rubin Memorial Achievement Citations
Andrea Yu-Ling Liu

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Glasgow-Rubin Memorial Achievement Citations
Teagan Elizabeth Marshall

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Glasgow-Rubin Memorial Achievement Citations
Sophia White

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Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award
Stephanie Y Tsai

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The Good Physician
Sven Joshua Walderich

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The Medical Student Executive Council Award
Joanna Gao

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The Gustav Seeligmann Prize for Efficiency in Obstetrics
Rana Khan

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The William J. Ledger Prize in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jason Silberman

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The Oskar Diethelm Prize for Excellence in Psychiatry
Lu Jin

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The Oskar Diethelm Prize for Excellence in Psychiatry
Evguenia Makovkina

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The Richard Kohl Prize for Excellence in Psychiatry
Molly Irene Chodakewitz

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The Richard Kohl Prize for Excellence in Psychiatry
Mary Cox

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The Compassionate Physician
Mohamed Ahmed Soliman

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The Gustave J. Noback Memorial Fund for Advanced Study & Teaching in the Field of Anatomy
Hanley Ong

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The Gustave J. Noback Memorial Prize in Anatomy
Francesca Alexandra Voza

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The Gustavo Cudkowicz Memorial Prize in Immunobiology
Angel Marie Charles

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The Dean's Research Award
Patrick O'Connor Bolan

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The Alan von Kreuter Cancer Research Prize
Mitali Kini

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The Frederick Brown MD Award for Allergy and Immunology
Manik Dutt Uppal

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The Harry Bush Jr. Award for Excellence in Vascular Bio
Srikanth Palanisamy

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The Harold G. Wolff Research Prize
Umberto Tosi

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The Sondra Lee Shaw Memorial Prize
Mohamed Ahmed Soliman

Area of Concentration Certificate of Excellence 

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Kevin Saile Ackerman

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Julio Andres Alvarez

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Lorenzo David Bean

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Aaron Michael Bloch

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Kevin Chan

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Molly Irene Chodakewitz

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Alexa Gildea David

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Laura Jeanne Deering

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Jeremy S. Ho

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Dennis D. Lee

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Srikanth Palanisamy

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Elizabeth Selvaggio

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Mohamed Ahmed Soliman

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Herie Sun

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Sven Joshua Walderich

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Richmond Lee Manning Woodward


1M, 2M, 3M Student Awards


The David Clayson Prize for Creativity
Tara Pilato

The William C. Thro Memorial Prize
Nathaniel Goldblatt

The Sidney and Viola Borkon Memorial Prize
Nathaniel Goldblatt

The Hayworth-Gold Award for Excellence in Medical Professionalism
Rachel Friedlander, Leora Haber, Jason Harris

The Henry C. & Anne Hayworth First Honor Prize
Jade Wang


Faculty Awards


The Charles L. Bardes, M.D. Teaching Prize
Susan Samuels, MD

Leaonard Tow Humanism Teacher
Susana Morales, MD

The Elliot Hochstein Teaching Award
Ernie Esquivel, MD

The House Staff Teaching Award
Ryan Kahn, MD

Class of 1952 Resident Physician Prize
Dario Villamar, MD

Volunteer Clincial Faculty Award of Alpha Omega Alaph
Shari Midoneck, MD

The Richard A. Herrmann, MD Teaching Award
Dana Gurvitch, MD

First Year Teaching Award
Lawrence Palmer, PhD Christopher Cunniff, MD

Second Year Teaching Award
Joseph Safdieh, MD

Senior List
Juliet Aizer, MD
Brian Eiss, MD
Ernie Esquivel, MD
Domenick Falcone, PhD
Dimitry Francois, MD
Mackenzie Hillard, MD
Sydney Katz, MD
Michael Torres Lizardi, MD
Demetri Merianos, MD
Esthomi Mtui, MD
Mayur Narayan, MD
Anthony Ogedegbe, MD
Amanda Ramsdell, MD
Melissa Rusli, MD
Joseph Safdieh, MD
Alice Tang, MD

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