Recognizing four years of achievement

UF College of Medicine class of 2017 holds annual senior awards banquet

By Tyler Francischine

May 11, 2017 — The UF College of Medicine class of 2017 took a break from preparing for their ever-nearing residencies to recognize each other’s achievements over the last four years. The senior awards banquet was held May 5 at the Wyndham Garden Gainesville Hotel.

The list of 2017 awards and recipients is as follows:

J.S. Gravenstein Award for Excellence in Anesthesiology

Lauren Smajdor

Color Atlas of Dermatology

Rony Francois

Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award

Austin Costa

Excellence in Family Medicine Award

Meray Ohanessian

Excellence in Community Health Award

Cristina Rabaza

Excellence in Primary Care Sports Medicine

Katherine Fahy

American College of Physicians Award

Shiyi Pang

Robert Cade, M.D., Memorial Award

Jonathan Berry & Kavita Chapl

George J. Caranasos Professionalism Award

Meron Hirpa

Richard Conti, M.D., Excellence in Cardiovascular Medicine Award

Matthew Huber

Endocrine Society Medical Student Achievement Award

Ritesh Patel

William Osler Award in Internal Medicine

Lauren Donnangelo

Outstanding Medical Student in Hematology/Oncology

Jonathan Berry

A.J. Block Critical Care Medicine Award

Rachel Naramore

Samuel D. Harris Award for Excellence in Pulmonary Medicine

Alexandra Pedicone

American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Award for Excellence in Neurology

Denus Balaban & Christopher Wood

Excellence in Neurosurgery Award

Timothy Gooldy

Albert L. Rhoton, Jr., M.D., Neurosurgical Excellence Award

Timothy Gooldy

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District XII Award

Savannah Pena

W.C. Thomas Award

Mariana Ramos-Rivera

The Kenneth Kellner, M.D., Ph.D., Award

Alice Abernathy

Senior Student Excellence in Ophthalmology Award

Yasmin Islam

W.F. Enneking, M.D., Award for Excellence in Orthopedic Surgery

Jorge Gil

Excellence in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Award

Glenn Sapp

George T. Singleton, M.D., Award for Excellence in Otolaryngology

Nicklas Orobello

Dr. Sigurd J. Normann Excellence in Pathology Award

Catherine Gonsalves

Dean Mitchell Baker Award

Kimberley Jacobs

Hugh and Cornelia Carithers Award in Child Health/Human Development

Pamela Londres

Eugene Craig Haufler Award

Zachary Anderson

Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Luther W. Holloway Award

Angelique Boutzoukas

Michael and Mary Solowy Memorial Award

Matthew Authement

STOP! Children’s Cancer Hematology/Oncology Senior Medical Student Award

Christina Turn & Kelsey Nestor

Peter Regan, M.D., Award

Mark Baptiste

Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Gabriela Marranzini

Senior Excellence in Radiology Award

Hazel Asumu

The Robert R. Donahoe Memorial General Surgery Award

Kelly Herremans

Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Award

Brian Black

Edward R. Woodward, M.D., Surgical Award

Elizabeth Pace

Excellence in Urology Award

Stephanie Stillings

Judy Duff Memorial Award

Zachary Anderson

Ibn al-Nafis Exemplary Student Award

Yamin Islam

UF American Medical Association Medical Student Section Excellence in Leadership Award

Jacob Burns, Hunter Pattison & Kimberly Swartz

Thorkild W. Andersen Award

Christian Reintgen

Merck Manual Award

Yasmin Islam, Kimberley Jacobs & Adam Leavitt

Excellence in Medical Education Award

Hazel Asumu, Rony Francois & Selina Sutchu

Office of Student Counseling and Development Service Award

Lisa Awe, Jeremy Collado, Rony Francois, Catherine Gonsalves, Tene Sablo Redman & Kara Ruder

Okun Family History of Medicine Distinguished Scholar Award

Kavita Chapla & Kathleen Park

Deanne Barlow Romrell Memorial Award

Kavita Chapla & Rachel Naramore

Eugene Tubbs Memorial Award

Jeremy Collado

University Medical Guild Memorial Merit Scholarship

Kelly Herremans, Nicholas Laconi & Hunter Pattison

Student Hippocratic Award

Kavita Chapla


Students also presented awards to the faculty, including:

Outstanding Resident Teacher

Ahsan Raza, M.D., department of surgery

Outstanding Basic Science Teacher

Marc Zumberg, M.D., department of medicine

Outstanding Clinical Science Teacher

Christopher Giordano, M.D., department of anesthesiology

Outstanding Basic Science Course

Hematology (Course Director, Dr. Marc Zumberg)

Outstanding Clinical Clerkship

Emergency Medicine (Clerkship Directors – Matt Ryan, M.D., Ph.D., Gainesville, and Tom Morrissey, M.D., Ph.D., Jacksonville)