School of Medicine Honors Faculty at Dean’s Awards Ceremony

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine hosted the Dean’s Faculty Appreciation ceremony. The Dean’s Awards were created to honor outstanding and dedicated support and service to the School of Medicine.

Steven L. Berk, M.D., TTUHSC executive vice president, provost and School of Medicine dean, said these faculty exhibit outstanding commitment and service and have been instrumental in advancing the School of Medicine’s mission.

“We are grateful to an outstanding faculty,” Berk said. “Faculty who have molded our students into excellent physicians, cared for our patients, served our community and found new treatment for disease.”

These awards are nominated by the chair of the Department. Recipients are considered 'go to' persons that can always be relied on. The recipients are:

Kallol Chaudhuri, M.D., Ph.D. Department of Anesthesiology
Jeffrey Thomas, Ph.D. Department of Cell Biology & Biochemistry
Luis Cuello, Ph.D. Department of Cell Physiology & Molecular Biophysics
Ikue Shimizu, M.D. Department of Dermatology
Felix Morales, M.D. Department of Family & Community Medicine
Dolores Buscemi, M.D. Department of Internal Medicine
John Pelley, Ph.D. Department of Medical Education
Alita Loveless, M.D. Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
David Lewis, M.D. Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Daniel Hurst, M.D. Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Neurology
Tam Nguyen, M.D. Department of Surgery
Stephanie Filleur, Ph.D. Department of Urology

Dean’s Faculty Awards include:
Dean’s Teaching Awards
Recipients have several years of sustained excellence in teaching as demonstrated in student and peer evaluations, evidence of strong commitment to the educational process, innovation and/or originality in teaching. The recipients are:

Dean’s Basic Science Teaching Award – MS I – Thomas Pressley, Ph.D. – Department of Medical Education
Dean’s Basic Science Teaching Award – MS II – Daniel Webster, Ph.D. – Department of Medical Education
Dean’s Clinical Teaching Award – Neha Mittal, M.D. – Department of Internal Medicine

Dean’s Educational Innovation Award – Samuel Campbell, M.D. – Department of Surgery

Dean’s Douglas M. Stocco Scholarship/Research Award – Matthew Grisham, Ph.D. – Department of Immunology & Molecular Microbiology

Dean’s Distinguished Service Award – Sharmila Dissanaike, M.D. – Department of Surgery

Lifetime Achievement Awards
Each of the recipients below has made significant contributions to the School of Medicine spanning their entire careers. We are honoring combined dedicated service of 147 years.

J. Barry Lombardini, Ph.D. 41 years of service
Barbara Pence, Ph.D. 35 years of service
Reid Norman, Ph.D. 31 years of service
Douglas Stocco, Ph.D. 40 years of service

Departmental Awards:
Outstanding Achievement in Teaching – Department of Pediatrics
This award is based upon medical student feedback received by the dean during the past year.

Outstanding Achievement in Research – Department of Cell Biology & Biochemistry
This award is based upon grant dollars received by the department during the past year.

Outstanding Achievement in Patient Satisfaction – Department of Neurology
This award is based upon Press-Ganey ratings received by the department during the past year.

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