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OHSU Accolades: Awards, honors and appointments Oct. 23

See who won a ¡Bravo! award, the Science in Society Journalism Award and more
Image of hands clapping. OHSU Accolades: Awards, honors and appointments.
OHSU Accolades: Awards, honors and appointments.

Advancing health in America: American Hospital Association recognizes OHSU for 75-year membership  

Through our membership in the American Hospital Association, we connect with other hospitals and health systems that provide essential public services.  

OHSU Health CEO John Hunter, M.D., received a plaque commemorating OHSU’s 75 years as an AHA member, from Regional Executive Sean Barry. We look forward to continuing to work together on important issues like health equity and improving the patient care experience. 

Cuprill-Comas recognized for economic and social advancement of Latinos

Alice Cuprill-Comas, J.D., OHSU’s executive vice president of institutional affairs and general counsel, will be recognized next month as a ¡Bravo! awardee in the Law category by the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that are role models and have contributed to the economic and social advancement of Latinos in Oregon and SW Washington.

Furnstahl named a 2023 Academic medical center CFOs to know

Lawrence Furnstahl, executive vice president and CFO, who oversees the financial aspects of OHSU, was recognized as an Academic Medical Center CFOs to know in the Becker's Healthcare annual awards, which honors executives of academic medical centers and health systems for their dedication to optimizing healthcare. Furnstahl's inclusion is a testament to his hard work in the healthcare field. He joined the health system in 2011 after spending time as chief financial and strategy officer of the University of Chicago Medical Center and biological sciences division and as the University’s vice president for financial planning for science. In addition to his work with OHSU, Furnstahl serves as board director of the Hyde Park Art Center and vice chair of the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System board. Read more.

Provost Chisholm-Burns recognized with prestigious Beckman Award

Marie Chisholm-Burns, Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., FCCP, FASHP, FAST, FACHE, executive vice president and Provost, was recently honored with the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award. The Beckman Award, created by Gail McKnight Beckman (trustee: Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services), recognizes faculty members who inspire students to make a significant difference by creating organizations or procedures that benefit a community. Nominated by a former student, Chisholm-Burns is one of eight recipients nationwide selected in 2023. Read more.

Doernbecher physicians join the Preventing Youth Suicide National Collaborative

Congratulations to Kyle Johnson, M.D., and Judy Guzman-Cottrill, D.O.Bobbie Hildreth, B.S.N., RN, CPN, and Catlin Dennis, M.P.H., with Doernbecher Children's Hospital for their inclusion in the Preventing Youth Suicide National Collaborative to improve pediatric-focused approaches to suicide prevention. Amid of a nationwide youth mental health crisis, the Preventing Youth Suicide National Collaborative is working to develop a pediatric-specific, data-driven approach that will enable participating children’s hospitals and health systems to better track, share, and implement best suicide prevention practices with each other. Doernbecher will receive $100,000 as part of the second cohort of the Preventing Youth Suicide National Collaborative, A Cardinal Health Foundation National Collaborative, which is an initiative from Cardinal Health, Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) and the Zero Suicide Institute (ZSI) at the Education Development Center (EDC), to better identify and care for youth at risk for suicide. Read more.


Yessica Santana Agreda, a doctoral student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program, and her mentor Kevin Wright, Ph.D., associate professor at the Vollum Institute, have been recognized for their exceptional research contributions and their dedication to advancing equity and inclusion in the field of science by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship, which includes an annual award totaling $53,000 for a duration of up to three years. Each July, the HHMI warmly welcomes graduate students and their advisors into a tightly-knit community of scientists devoted to advancing equity and inclusion. This annual celebration, known as "Gilliam Day," takes place following the announcement of the newest cohort of the Gilliam Fellows Program.

Congratulations to Parham Diba, a fifth-year student in the M.D./Ph.D. Program, who was awarded the prestigious Young Investigator Award for his outstanding research at the International Conference on Sarcopenia, Cachexia, and Wasting Disorders in Stockholm, Sweden. Dilba presented his research findings, revealing significant cardiac damage in a treatment-naive mouse model of pancreatic cancer-associated cachexia. Diba also demonstrated that this cardiac damage could be mediated by dysregulation of the immune system within the heart. 

Congratulations to Alexis Gibson, Ph.D., post doctoral researcher and mentor Isabella Rauch, Ph.D., in Microbiology and Molecular Immunology who has been named a  Hanna H. Gray Fellow and as a part of the program will receive funding of up to $1.4 million, sustaining them for a duration of up to eight years. The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program aims to identify, engage, and support talented early career scientists in the United States, fostering their development into influential figures in academic research. Fellows are provided with financial backing for their postdoctoral training, with the possibility of continued support as independent faculty in the initial stages of their careers. Read more about the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program.

Congratulations to Jon Hanifin, M.D., professor emeritus of dermatology at the School of Medicine, awarded the 2023 David Martin Carter Mentor Award by the American Skin Association for his exceptional contributions to the study of atopic diseases, including clinical, biological, and genetic aspects. Hanifin is a globally recognized expert in atopic dermatitis, having led numerous national and international symposiums on the subject. His research in this field, alongside investigations into other allergic and inflammatory conditions, has earned him esteemed respect within the research community.

Congratulations to Katherine Lehmanna graduate student in the School of Medicine, Vollum Institute Freeman Lab, for being selected as one of the inaugural Howard Garrison Advocacy Fellows by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). Katherine, chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants, will play a vital role in advocating for science and driving transformative change within the research community. For more information, visit: FASEB Howard Garrison Advocacy Fellows

Brandon Maughan, M.D., M.H.S., M.S.H.P., associate professor of emergency medicine, was selected as one of just 11 scholars nationwide for the National Academy of Medicine's Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence program. This competitive year-long initiative aims to empower mid-career clinicians, researchers, and healthcare professionals to advance diagnostic practices. The program includes monthly educational sessions, mentorship, and a generous $35,000 grant.

Congratulations to Kayla Williams, a third-year Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Sciences Program, recipient of the 2023 ATS Abstract Scholarship Award who presented her abstract, titled "Development of Airway Sensory Hyperinnervation and Reflex Hyperresponsiveness in Offspring of Obese Mothers," at the May American Thoracic Society International Conference in Washington, DC. Williams was also honored as the 2023 winner of the Stuart J. Hirst Abstract Excellence Award.

Appointments and promotions

Abby Dotson, Ph.D., DEM Research Assistant Professor, Oregon POLST Registry Director and HERO Kids Registry Director of Operations has been appointed by the National POLST Collaborative Board of Directors as the incoming Executive Director. The National POLST Collaborative is program focused on efforts to provide best practice guidance about the POLST process, technology and form as well as education throughout the U.S. Dotson will facilitate the execution of National POLST’s strategic plan and assist other states in launching POLST programs and registries.

Congratulations to Mariah Hayes, N, MN, NE-BC, director of nursing, for her appointment by Gov. Tina Kotek as the Co-Chair of the Nurse Staffing Advisory Board (NSAB) which advises the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) on the administration of Oregon’s nurse staffing laws. NSAB members use their nursing experience and unique insight to guide OHA on a range of nurse staffing issues. The NSAB regularly advises OHA on issues related to processes for nurse staffing surveys, complaint investigations and waivers.  


Congratulations to Anna Wilson, Ph.D.associate professor and clinician-scientist in the Department of Pediatrics for her co-authored book being named a winner of the 2023 National Association of Science Writers Science in Society (SIS) Journalism Awards in the Books category. Read more at NASW Science Writers Journalism Awards 2023 Winners.

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