Terry Morgan, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and obstetrics and gynecology, was awarded the 2023 IFPA Award in Placentology, which is equivalent to a career achievement award in placental research. Granted by the International Federation of Placental Associations, the award is internationally recognized by leaders in the field, and highlights the impact of scientists at the OHSU Center for Developmental Health on pregnancy-related diseases over the past 15 years. The IFPA Award in Placentology acknowledges outstanding contributions to the field of placentology in all of its aspects, including the relationship with fetus and mother, by established investigators who typically are within 20 years of receipt of their terminal degree. Morgan will be invited to present a lecture during a plenary session of the same IFPA-designated meeting. The lecture will be published in “Trophoblast Research” following normal peer review procedures.
The American Academy of Neurology has selected Susan Hayflick, M.D., professor and chair of molecular and medical genetics, pediatrics and neurology, as the recipient of the 2024 Sidney Carter Award in Child Neurology. Hayflick will be honored and present the Carter Lecture at the AAN meeting during the Presidential Plenary Session on Sunday, April 14, 2024, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The Carter Award, one of the AAN’s premier lectures, is given annually by an exceptional child neurologist.
Ahmed M. Gabr, M.D., assistant professor in diagnostic radiology, was nominated and selected to join the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research's network of nearly 200 investigators, its Council of Early Career Investigators in Imaging (CECI²). CECI² serves as a networking and professional development resource to recognize the achievements of early career faculty. It promotes their engagement in advocacy on Capitol Hill, with the NIH, and through members of Congress to ensure the advancement of research in medical imaging, and inform the public and policymakers about how imaging and image-guided therapies translate into disease prevention, earlier and more accurate diagnoses, and improved quality of health care.
OHSU Center for Women’s Health practice managers, Kafiat Beckley and Novella Donaldson, recently attended the 2023 Medical Group Management Association conference sponsored by Aaron Caughey, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the OHSU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. This experience provided Beckley and Donaldson with valuable insights on how to effectively manage their practices and promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at the CWH. Additionally, they were able to expand their network of peers and leaders, which will help them tackle any future challenges.
Skylar Stewart-Clark, Ph.D., MSPAS, PA-C, division head and program director of OHSU Physician Assistant Education, received the Rising Star Award from the Physician Assistant Education Association. The Rising Star Award recognizes a program faculty member with three to seven years of service who has made noteworthy contributions to PA education through teaching, scholarship, administration, and professional service. Stewart-Clark’s numerous, substantial contributions to PA education include volunteering in several collegiate and community service organizations and an annual mission trip to the Dominican Republic, where she co-led teams of PA students to provide much-needed care on the island. Among other accomplishments, she served as the inaugural diversity, equity, and inclusion liaison for the Charleston Southern University PA program, where she worked before joining OHSU.
“Dr. Stewart-Clark is not just waiting for leaders; she's shaping the future of PA education and is indeed a rising star,” a former colleague wrote in a nomination letter. “Her work demonstrates that it's the small, consistent efforts that build a strong foundation and have a lasting impact.”
The Awards Reception was held Thursday, Oct. 12, in New Orleans.
Mary Tanski, M.D., M.B.A., associate professor and chair of emergency medicine (EM), traveled more than 15,000 miles last month as an invited speaker at the 8th Annual Saudi Arabia Society of Emergency Medicine Assembly in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Tanski presented on digital innovations to improve EM, Artificial Intelligence in EM, and Emergency Department Boarding (when a patient is admitted to the hospital but then waits several hours, or days, for a bed). She also learned about emergency department capacity innovations from the experts who prepare for Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah (Mecca) that millions of Muslims make every year after Ramadan. The Saudi Ministry of Health provides health services to Hajj pilgrims, assigning 25,000 health personnel and allocating 25 hospitals with 155 permanent and seasonal health centers, devoted to providing different levels of medical care.
“It was really an incredible opportunity to experience the culture of Saudi Arabia and to hear about how they are developing their health system and growing emergency care,” Tanski said.
Glenn Woodworth, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine and director of Education Scholarship in the school, won a recent Change MedEd Innovation Grant for his submission: Development of a taxonomy for precision medical education. The $25,000 award will help fund a project to create an anesthesiology learner data model. This will take the form of a hierarchical taxonomy based on existing data sources, such as the leading anesthesiology textbooks, competency frameworks, and the ABA certification outline, among others. The taxonomy and learner data model project is part of a larger project to develop precision education tools for learners. Woodworth is a co-founder of The Anesthesia Research Group on Education Technology, and this team is working to develop several education initiatives, including:
Avital O’Glasser, M.D., FACP, professor of medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, and medical director of the Pre-Operative Medicine Clinic, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, is a co-editor of the recently published anthology, An Evolution of Empowerment: Voices of Women in Medicine and Their Allies. The book explores concepts that continue to perpetuate gender inequities in medicine such as the leaky pipeline, structural misogyny, gaslighting, bullying, sexism and racism. The anthology was sponsored by Women in Medicine, a nonprofit organization that promotes the professional growth and development of women in medicine. It reflects two years of O’Glasser’s cultivation and curation of 70 empowered #SheforShe #HeforShe #TheyforShe voices that ultimately became part of the book.
Several OHSU faculty members, students and alumni of the OHSU School of Medicine are included in the book, including Abigail Liberty, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Bethany Samuelson Bannow, M.D., M.C.R., associate professor of medicine, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Ian Fields, M.D., M.C.R., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Browning Haynes, M.D./Ph.D. candidate (class of ’24), and Teva Brender, M.D. ’22.
Lee Hiromoto, M.D., PGY-4, J.D., chief resident, general psychiatry residency program, was selected as a Rappeport Fellow by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. The Rappaport Fellows Program aims to help shape future civic leaders and policymakers to make a difference in society. These prestigious and highly competitive fellowships offer an opportunity for outstanding residents with interests in psychiatry and the law to develop their knowledge and skills. The American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law is an organization of psychiatrists dedicated to excellence in practice, teaching and research in forensic psychiatry.
The OHSU PA Council has named Dorian Scull, PA-C, the 2023 OHSU Physician Assistant of the Year for exceptional service as an essential member of the OHSU Transgender Health Program within the School of Medicine Department of Urology.
“Dorian regularly receives praise from patients and colleagues alike for delivering compassionate, high quality, holistic, and trauma-informed care to transgender and gender diverse (TGD) communities,” said one of Scull’s many nominators. “Dorian is an active partner in coordinating with the Transgender Health Program as it relates to delivering care to complex patients and addressing system-level issues that present barriers for TGD individuals to access care. Dorian engages thoughtfully to bring creative, innovative, and justice-oriented solutions to ensure the promotion of health equity for TGD communities.”
Scull is a 2019 graduate of the OHSU PA Program who joined the Department of Urology’s gender-affirming genital surgery program within the Transgender Health Program. In addition to regular pre-operative and post-operative care, Scull runs the program to teach and follow patients in their post-vaginoplasty dilation, a critical part of the success of gender-affirming vaginoplasty.
“Most patients are understandably anxious as they come in for this teaching, and Dorian demonstrates an exceptional ability to earn and keep patient trust, to put people at ease, as well as to teach and support patients effectively,” a nominator said. “Dorian has shown consistent and remarkable dedication to taking care of our patients, working well beyond normal work hours when an individual patient's needs call for that flexibility, and always with a gentle and supportive attitude.”
Scull has also taken on a leadership role nationally, giving lectures through the American Urologic Association (AUA) to both advanced practice provider audiences as well as wider audiences of APPs and urologists. Scull has also written about gender-affirming care in the AUA's monthly publication AUA News.
Scull said it has been a dream of theirs to serve the transgender and gender-nonconforming community as a PA - providing quality, compassionate, trauma-informed care with the hope of reducing medical trauma and improving access to care. They said that receiving the award was a tremendous honor.
“I can’t think of a PA at OHSU that isn’t deserving of recognition for the work that they do and their commitment to their patients,” Scull said. “To say that I stand out among my peers and mentors is not only an honor but also quite humbling. I have an amazing team, both in the Department of Urology and the Transgender Health Program at large. My colleagues have not only supported me as I have grown as a provider but also provided me with opportunities for growth and encouraged me along the way. It is only with this support and encouragement that I have been able to become a leader and expert in my field and I am committed to supporting the next generation of providers in the same ways as they grow.”
They added, “While being awarded PA of the year is a huge honor, the biggest rewards are those moments when I can see that I’ve helped someone feel seen, heard, and ultimately feel safe while navigating a complex and scary medical process.”
Six OHSU researchers have been named among the world’s most highly cited in 2023. The list, compiled each year by the Institute for Scientific Information at data analysis firm Clarivate, identifies global scientists whose exceptional influence is reflected through their publication of multiple papers frequently cited by their peers.
Biology and Biochemistry: Eric Gouaux, Ph.D., professor and senior scientist, Vollum Institute
Clinical Medicine: Eric Simpson, M.D., M.C.R., professor, Department of Dermatology, OHSU School of Medicine
Cross Field: Gordon Mills, M.D., Ph.D., professor, Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology, School of Medicine
Cross-Field: Kevin Winthrop, M.D., M.P.H., professor of public health at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and infectious diseases and ophthalmology at the OHSU School of Medicine
Molecular Biology and Genetics: Lisa M. Coussens, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology, OHSU School of Medicine
Pharmacology and Toxicology: Daniel A. Spyker, M.D., Ph.D., affiliate faculty (not pictured).
The list is drawn from the highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in Clarivate’s Web of Science citation index. Of the world's population of scientists and social scientists, highly cited researchers are 1 in 1,000, with 7,125 highly cited researchers worldwide in 2023.
The methodology, in which papers are weighed against others in the same annual cohort, is intended to remove the citation advantage of older papers relative to recently published ones.