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Accolades: Awards, honors and appointments March

OHSU celebrates accomplishments in research innovation, leadership and more
OHSU Accolades: Awards, honors and appointments.
OHSU Accolades: Awards, honors and appointments.

Yabing Chen earns women’s leadership award

Yabing Chen, Ph.D., M.B.A., FAHA (OHSU)
Yabing Chen, Ph.D., M.B.A., FAHA (OHSU)

Yabing Chen, Ph.D., M.B.A., FAHA, new vice chair of research in the OHSU Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, received the 2024 Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB) Women's Leadership Committee Award for Outstanding Mentorship of Women from the American Heart Association’s Council on ATVB Women’s Leadership Committee.   

The award recognizes Chen as a member of the ATVB Council whose actions have demonstrated exceptional service in the mentorship, support, advocacy and sponsorship of women in ATVB fields. She will receive the award during the Vascular Discovery 2024 Scientific Sessions conference in May.  

OHSU honors 2024 Innovation Awardees

2024 Innovation Awardees (OHSU)

Congratulations to the 2024 OHSU Innovation Awardees:

Partnership Excellence Award:

The OHSU Innovation Awards recognize innovative scientists in the OHSU community who are striving to turn scientific ideas into health care solutions that also improve patient lives. Read more about the awardees and their innovative science in the 2024 OHSU Innovation Awards announcement.

Chisholm-Burns presenter, panelist for heart disease event

Marie Chisholm-Burns Pharm.D. Ph.D. M.P.H. M.B.A. FCCP FASHP FAST
Marie Chisholm-Burns, Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., FCCP, FASHP, FAST

Marie Chisholm-Burns, Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., FCCP, FASHP, FAST, FACHE, executive vice president and provost, attended an advanced heart disease symposium as a speaker and expert panelist on Feb. 9.

“Success with Failure 2024: Where do Broken Hearts Go?”  was sponsored by the Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute and the California Heart Center. In its 12th year, the symposium brought together nearly 200 health professionals to learn about new advances and best practices in treating heart disease.

Chisholm-Burns’ presentation, titled “Don’t You Forget About Me: Equity and Access in Heart Transplantation,” centered on health equity and the social determinants of health, with a focus on the impact of those factors on heart transplant patients. The presentation also described strategies for addressing social determinants of health to optimize health outcomes among heart transplant patients.

OHSU Family Medicine Richmond awarded for quality improvement

OHSU Family Medicine Richmond, a Federally Qualified Health Center, received several 2023 Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) badges from the Health Resources and Services Administration, which include:

Addressing Social Risk Factors: Awarded for screening for patient needs and connecting them to services.

Advancing Health Information Technology for Quality: Awarded for using technology to improve patient care and services.

Patient-Centered Medical Home designation: This recognition is through the Oregon Patient-Centered Primary Care Home designation.

CHQR badges recognize Health Center Program awardees and look-alikes that have made notable quality improvement achievements in the areas of access, quality, health equity, health information technology, and COVID-19 public health emergency response for the most recent Uniform Data System reporting period. These awards and designations are held in high regard in the health center world, and only a small percentage of health centers receive them. Led by executive director Shelton Brooks, OHSU Family Medicine Richmond includes two integrated primary care sites, embedded pharmacies, Richmond Immediate Care, and a health center at Benson Polytechnic High School. Congratulations to the Richmond team! 

Ronald Sakaguchi elected vice president of Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental society

Ron Sakaguchi, Ph.D., D.D.S. (OHSU)
Ron Sakaguchi, Ph.D., D.D.S. (OHSU)

OHSU School of Dentistry Dean Ronald Sakaguchi, Ph.D., DDS, was elected as vice president at the Omicron Kappa Upsilon general business meeting. He will serve a one-year term as vice president, then ascend the officer ladder to become president-elect. Omicron Kappa Upsilon is a prestigious honor dental society in which only the top 12% of the dental school graduating class is selected for membership. Achieving a national officer position in the organization requires service and dedication to the profession and society.

Omicron Kappa Upsilon was founded in 1914 at Northwestern University, Chicago, by Professor G.V. Black. The society has maintained a leadership role in academics and the dentistry profession.       

Ryan Cummings named Hearst Foundation scholarship recipient

Ryan Cummings, M.S.N., F.N.P.
Ryan Cummings, M.S.N., F.N.P.

Ryan Cummings, M.S.N., F.N.P., instructor of surgery in the division of vascular surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine, is one of three Hearst Foundation Endowed Scholarship recipients announced by the Hartford Center of Gerontological Excellence. The goal of the funding is to support clinical scholarship and prepare advanced practice nursing students in the care of older individuals. 

Since becoming a registered nurse in 2010, Cummings has dedicated the majority of his career to the field of chronic wound management, a discipline that overwhelmingly impacts older adults. He is in his final year of the post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program at OHSU.

Two other scholars from the School of Nursing include Kaitlyn Fox, B.S.N., RN, in the Family Nurse Practitioner program, and Wonsil Sayson, B.S.N., RN, in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program.

Salameh Obeidat leads health care quality and safety talks in Jordan

Salameh Obeidat, M.D., M.Sc., MHQS
Salameh Obeidat, M.D., M.Sc., MHQS

Salameh Obeidat, M.D., M.Sc., MHQS, assistant professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine, organized and led a remote, two-day intensive on quality and safety for critical care management in Jordan, in coordination with the Jordanian Ministry of Health. The course, "Comprehensive Quality and Safety Capacity Building in the Intensive Care Unit," was an in-depth exploration of quality and safe ICU practices to aid the Jordanian Ministry of Health in establishing a robust quality control program curriculum for critical care fellows and staff. 

Other speakers and instructors included Michael Wollenburg, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, Rudi Zurbuchen, M.D., critical care fellow, and Tanya Herrold, RN. 

Eriko Onishi earns leadership award for patient communication

Eriko Onishi, M.D. (OHSU)
Eriko Onishi, M.D. (OHSU)

Eriko Onishi, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine, received the 2023 VitalTalk  Faculty Leadership Award, recognizing her exceptional work in helping clinicians have empathetic conversations with seriously ill patients, and for being a diligent educator devoted to enhancing the quality of patient care through communication.  

“As a VitalTalk communication skills educator, Dr. Onishi’s expertise has enabled her to quickly rise through the ranks to become a VitalTalk senior faculty, and she is additionally in the process of fulfilling the requirements to advance to distinguished faculty,” reads Onishi’s letter of recognition. 

Moore Institute chosen for national nutrition effort

The OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness was chosen to support the White House challenge to end hunger, improve nutrition and health and reduce disparities, as part of President Biden’s National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health.  

The Moore Institute's commitment will expand the reach of the Nutrition Oregon Campaign — a statewide network of connected communities, organizations and individuals working to end chronic disease — to all 36 counties in Oregon. Plans include mini-conferences, speaking engagements, a social marketing campaign and adding five “hubs” by 2030. Hubs are comprised of local organizations, individuals and initiatives within a specific geographic area that are working toward a common vision of eliminating chronic disease in their communities, and mobilizing around the science of the developmental origins of health and disease. 

Students awarded for 2024 scholarly projects

Student winners

Seven students, one from each of the scholarly project concentration areas, were awarded for their excellence in scholarly investigation and presentation: 

  • Law, Business and Health Policy: Emily Burney“Medical Students Will Be Deferred from the Draft”: Examining Medical Education During World War II and the COVID-19 Pandemic; Mentor Pamela Pierce, M.S., M.L.S., assistant professor, library, digital scholarship & repository librarian, OHSU library.  

  • Ethics, Quality Improvement and Education: Katrina Rapp, Inhibition of the Epithelial Sodium Channel (Enac) Promotes Mucus Hydration in Rhesus Macaque Endocervical Cells; Mentor Leo Han, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, affiliate associate professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center. 
  • Combined degree: Gina Bash, Aberrant Epidermal Innervation in Adults with Atopic Dermatitis Is Restored Following Dupilumab Treatment; Mentor David Jacoby, Ph.D., professor of medicine.  
  • Basic Sciences and Biomedical Engineering: Tina TranSpindle Length Does Not Impact Aseptic and Mechanical Failure Rates in Endoprostheses Using Compressive Osteointegration: A Multi-Institutional Study; Mentor Yee-Cheen Doung, M.D., associate professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation.  
  • Clinical Research I: Johanna WilsonImpact of Language Used When Introducing Medical Students to Patients in L&D: Maximizing Trainee Participation; Mentor Keenan Yanit, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, associate division head, core clinical experience director, general obstetrics and gynecology.   
  • Clinical Research II: Kathleen BeardsworthAssociation of Knowledge with Willingness to Use Hormonal Contraception: A National Survey; Mentor Leo Han, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, affiliate associate professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center.  
  • Epidemiology, Community Health and Global Health: Samantha BurchConcurrent Clefts of the Lip and Secondary Palate: Systematic Review and Classification; Mentor Lori Howell, M.D., FAAP, associate professor of surgery, associate program director, Plastic Surgery Residency Program.
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