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Awards and Recognitions


Updated June 29, 2017

Dr. Kevin Goist (GIM) recently won one teaching and one mentoring award. He was awarded the Linda Strout Faculty Teaching Award in Ambulatory Medicine.  This award is presented each year to a faculty member who demonstrated outstanding skill in teaching primary care to housestaff. This award, which is voted on by housestaff, was named after Dr. Linda Strout. Dr. Strout was instrumental in establishing the primary care residency track in Internal Medicine and the Patient-Centered Medical Home initiative. Dr. Goist was also nominated as Mentor of the Year by the 2017 graduating class of students who are entering Internal Medicine.  Past recipients of this award include current interim IM Department Chair, Dr. Phillip Binkley.

The CAST program serves to positively impact the healthcare outcomes of transition-age youth and adult patients with autism. Lead physician for CAST, Dr. Christopher Hanks (GIM), recently announced that CAST has been awarded a $25,000 Columbus Foundation grant to support care coordination services for CAST patients.

Dr. Sarah Jonaus (GIM) has been selected as the 2017 Portfolio Coach of the Year. Dr. Jonaus was nominated by several of her students for her strong commitment to coaching her students.

Dr. Michael Jonesco (GIM) was recently selected to receive the Exceptional Physician Peer Award. Award recipients are those who demonstrate exemplary skills in patient focus, collegiality/professionalism, innovative models of care, leadership and collaboration.

Dr. James Lamb (GIM) recently won two teaching awards. He was recognized as outstanding teacher for the year and also won the faculty teaching award for the category of inpatient.  The Outstanding Teacher Award (Teacher of the Year) was first established in 1966 in recognition of a faculty member who demonstrated exemplary effort and teaching ability during the year. It is voted on by housestaff and is considered one of the most prestigious annual honors in the Department of Internal Medicine.  The Inpatient Teaching Award, which is also voted on by housestaff, recognizes a faculty member who exemplifies teaching excellence in inpatient care. A similar award is giving for work in the critical care setting.

Dr. Michael Jonesco was recently selected to receive the Exceptional Physician Peer Award. Award recipients are those who demonstrate exemplary skills in patient focus, collegiality/professionalism, innovative models of care, leadership and collaboration.

Dr. Sarah Jonaus has been selected as the 2017 Portfolio Coach of the Year. Dr. Jonaus was nominated by several of her students for her strong commitment to coaching her students. She will be presented with the award at the LSI Award Ceremony, which will conclude the OSU Spring Symposium, held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.on Tuesday, May 16.

Dr. Stuart Beatty has been named a fellow of the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM). Fellows are members of the academy who have demonstrated exemplary professional achievements and service to the profession through activities with APhA and other national, state or local professional organizations.  

ACLGIM LEAD - Dr. Heather Hirsch has been accepted into the ACLGIM LEAD program.  This is a mentorship program associated with the Society of General Internal Medicine that helps partipants develop leadership skills. Congratulations, Heather!

SGIM TEACH - Dr. Susan Friedman and Dr. Mark Troyer have been accepted into the SGIM TEACH program.  This is a mentorship program that helps participants move toward mastery in the field of medical education.  These two doctors have demonstrated an ability to inspire a number of students and we look forward to their continued growth in this important mission area.  Congratulations, Susie and Mark!

Dr. Michael Langan has received a $375,000 Upper Payment Limit (UPL) grant to implement a patient care delivery advancement initiative in the Division of General Internal Medicine. NAVIPGATE is a project that aims to improve the quality of care by enrolling Medicaid patients in a patient navigator program. Such programs help decrease “no show” visit, emergency room visit and hospitalization/re-hospitalization rates, and also improve medication adherence rates and post-visit follow through on testing and consultation. For the three-year project, Dr. Langan is leading a multi-disciplinary team that includes Dr. Seuli Brill, Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence and Dr. Jared Moore.

Dr. James Lamb has received both the 2016 Faculty Teaching Award and the 2016 Linda Strout Faculty Teaching Award in Ambulatory Medicine on behalf of the IM Residency program.  Congratulations Jim!

Dr. Cynthia Ledford has been promoted to full professor by the Univesity P&T Committee.  Congratulations, Cynthia!

Dr. Barry Friedman has been recognized with the Alumni Faculty Teaching Award for 2016.  Dr. Friedman has educated hundreds if not thousands of your physicians over his career.  A honor well deserved, Barry. 

The Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Medicine has been awarded to three GIM faculty this year.  Congratulations to Drs. Tanya Gure, James Lamb, and Cami Curren.  Thanks for setting such a great example for us all.

Dr. Neeraj Tayal has received the Exceptional Physician Peer Award for the first quarter of 2016.

SGIM Annual Meeting Presentations

Congratulations to Drs. Andrew Schamess, Randi Foraker, Chris Hanks and Stephanie Lawrence, as well as Matthew Kretovics, on being accepted to highlight their work at this year's SGIM Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Florida.  This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the important work being conducted here at OSU.

Dr. Andrew Schamess, Dr. Randi Foraker, Matthew Kretovics presenting at the main plenary session - Impact of a Home-Based Primary Care Initiative on Emergency Department and Hospital Utilization in Multimorbid Disabled Patients.

“Use of a Pre-visit Assessment to Aid in Successful Medical Visits for Adolescents and Adults with Autism”.  Authors:  Drs. Chris Hanks and Stephanie Lawrence.  Session:  Innovations in Clinical Practice

“Internal Medicine Residents’ Comfort in Providing Care for Young Adults with Complex Conditions of Childhood Onset”.  Authors:  Cynthia Peacock (Baylor), David DeLaet (Cedars Sinai), Chris Hanks, Eva Waite (Cedars Sinai), Larry Laufman (Baylor).  Session:  Scientific Abstract Poster Session 3

“Are there cracks in the Population Health Model? What do we know about current population health models and their ability to address health disparities and serve the needs of at risk populations?”  Presenters:  Gregg Talente (U of South Carolina), Mike Landry (Tulane), Sophia Jan (U Penn), Chris Hanks, Rita Lee (Denver), Joseph Truglio (Mt Sinai).  This is a collaboration between the LGBT interest group and the Adults with Congenital Conditions Originating in Childhood Task Force.   Workshop

Ohio State College of Medicine’s Distinguished Educator Award (2016) – Dr. Camilla Curren was awarded this prestigious award for her commitment and dedication to education at the College of Medicine.  This continues a long tradition of excellence in education within the division.  Thanks for inspiring all of us to dedicate ourselves to teaching future physicians.    

ACLGIM LEAD - Dr. Chris Hanks has been accepted into the ACLGIM LEAD program.  This is a mentorship program associated with the Society of General Internal Medicine that helps partipants develop leadership skills.  Dr. Hanks has made great progress in developing transitional services for the Autism population here in Central Ohio and this added mentorship is sure to help him develop this program further.  Congratulations, Chris!

SGIM TEACH - Dr. Heather Saha has been accepted into the SGIM TEACH program.  This is a mentorship program that helps participants move toward mastery in the field of medical education.  Dr. Saha has demonstrated an ability to inspire a number of students and we look forward to her continued growth in this important mission area.  Congratulations Heather!

ACP Fellowship Award - Dr. Kevin Goist has been recognized with Fellowship from the American College of Physicians. Congratulations Kevin for your excellence in clinic care and leadership.

Tops in Patient Satisfaction Nationally (2015) - twenty four of our faculty are ranked in the top 10% for patient satisfaction nationally.  This is the largest number of any division or department at the medical center.  This speaks volumes about the personalized care our faculty provide and the value we bring to the health system.  Congratulations!

Columbus Top Doctors 2015 listed in the November issue of Columbus Monthly

In Geriatrics
Dr. Tanya Gure
Dr. Robert Murden

In Internal Medicine
Dr. Michael Burgin
Dr. Rita Konfala
Dr. Cynthia Kreger
Dr. Geoffrey Vaughan

Cynthia Kreger, MD has been awarded the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) Linda C. Stone, MD Award for Mentoring for 2016  

Cynthia Kreger, MD received a 2016 Sir William Osler, MD Award from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Medicine and the Arts Board, in recognition of her work  with The Healer’s Art Course at Ohio State, as well as her devotion to compassionate patient care and  leadership within the Gold Humanism Honor Society

Cynthia Ledford, MD (GIM) was awarded the Evelyn V. Hess, MD Master Teacher Award of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Physicians for 2015. The award was presented to Dr. Ledford on October 23, 2015 during the awards luncheon of The Evolution of Medicine Scientific Meeting of the Ohio Chapter of the ACP at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Ledford was also the recipient of the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine Louis N Pangaro, MD Educational Program Development Award at Academic Internal Medicine Week in Atlanta Oct 8-10th. The award is named for one of her mentors in the field of medical education evaluation.

Cynthia Kreger, MD (GIM) is this year’s recipient of the Mary Beth Fontana Master Teacher Award through the College of Medicine’s Courage to Teach program

Deborah Gordish, MD (GIM) 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award College of Medicine

Dr. Cynthia Kreger, Dr. Gail Grever, Dr. Gustin have had their presentation accepted as part of a plenary at the 2015 APDIM meeting in Atlanta. The presentation is: "Fostering Resilience during Residency Training : An Enrichment Program Dedicated to Physician Well-Being"

General Internal Medicine and the Department of Social Work teamed up to help OSU host the 2015 Value City Furniture Swing Classic.  Lori Murphy, MSW, LSW and Dr. Neeraj Tayal were the honorary event co-chairs.  Proceeds from this event benefit the Healthy at Home Program.

July 30, 2015: The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy (COP) and the Division of General Internal Medicine were The American Pharmacists Association Foundation 2015 Pinnacle Award Honorees in the Group Practices, Health Systems, and Healthcare Corporations category. This category recognizes a significant scientific contribution and/or quality improvement project. They were honored for pharma-cist involvement in team-based primary care since 2006 at a NCQA tier 3 patient-centered medical home primary site collaboration with OSUCOP and OSUGIM selected to be part of the APhA Foundation Project IMPACT: Diabetes initiative, allowing pharmacists to optimize medication regimens for complex patients.