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Awards Recognize Faculty and Student Achievements

medals of honors

Weill Cornell Medicine faculty members were honored with awards for their exemplary achievements in medical research, education and care at the institution’s commencement ceremony on May 19 at Carnegie Hall.

Dr. Kemi Babagbemi, an associate professor of clinical radiology, was awarded the Jeanne and Herbert Siegel Award for Excellence in Medical Education. This prize recognizes a faculty member for exemplary contributions to medical education. 

Dr. David Artis, director of the Jill Roberts Institute for Research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, director of the Friedman Center for Nutrition and Inflammation and the Michael Kors Professor in Immunology, was awarded the Jeanne and Herbert Siegel Award for Outstanding Medical Research. The award recognizes exceptional professional achievement and scientific innovation, as well as a commitment to positively impact future generations of researchers. 

Dr. Susana Morales, director of the Weill Cornell Medicine Diversity Center of Excellence and an associate professor of clinical medicine, was awarded the Jeanne and Herbert Siegel Faculty Development Award. The prize recognizes an early-career faculty member for exemplary clinical and research contributions, as well as teaching and mentoring medical students.

Dr. Gary Lelli Jr., an associate professor of ophthalmology, was awarded the Donald J. D’Amico, M.D., Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology. The award acknowledges an outstanding faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology. 

Dr. Peter Greenwald, an associate professor of clinical emergency medicine, was awarded the Jeanne and Herbert Siegel Award for Excellence in Emergency Medicine. The award honors an outstanding emergency medicine faculty member who demonstrates clinical skill and dedication to the field of emergency medicine. 

Dr. Shari Lipner, an associate professor of clinical dermatology, was awarded the Richard D. Granstein, M.D., Award for Excellence in Dermatology. This award acknowledges professional achievement, clinical skill and research contributions in the field of dermatology.

Dr. Michael O’Dell, a professor of clinical rehabilitation medicine, was awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship. This honor recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to supporting colleagues to become academic leaders in clinical care, research or education.

In addition, students received Jeanne and Herbert Siegel Student Prizes, which carry $25,000 scholarships to help support and enhance their medical education at Weill Cornell Medical College. Students were selected for scholarships based upon a demonstrated financial need, high academic achievement and leadership potential in their fields.

  • Wasif Islam
  • YiLi Zhao
  • Jacob Thomas
  • George Corpuz
  • Michaela Dwyer
  • Kevin Lee
  • Ali Lahooti
  • Elizabeth Fashakin

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