Distinguished Teacher Award

Established in 1986, this award is given annually to recognize and reward exceptional teaching and/or innovation in teaching methods, course and curriculum design, and instructional tools. A principle criterion is that the nominee should be considered to be among the very best teachers, at any rank, in the School of Medicine. The selection is made by a committee of faculty and students. The committee solicits nominations, and reviews supporting documents in making the selection. The winner is also the School of Medicine nominee for the University Distinguished teaching award.

In 2008, under the leadership of Dean John Prescott, the award was expanded to include four faculty annually in two categories for senior and junior faculty members, and for those involved in the MD curriculum and those involved in the non-MD degree programs in the School of Medicine.

MD Degree Program Award Recipients

2017

Senior

Junior

2016

Senior

Junior

2015

Senior

Arif Sarwari, MD Surgery

Junior

Randy Brymer, EdD

2014

Senior

James Berry, DO, Behavioral Medicine, Michelle Costas, Professional Programs

Junior

Kelly Gannon, MD Internal Medicine, Amanda Accord, Professional Medicine

2013

Senior

Andrew K. Shiemke, PhD Biochemistry

Junior

Anantha Brahmamdam, MD Internal Medicine

2012

Senior

Mary Wimmer, PhD Biochemistry

Junior

Susanne Choby, MD Behavioral Medicine

2011

Senior

Holly Ressettar, PhD, Neurobiology & Anatomy

Junior

Charles Hochberg, MD Obstetrics & Gynecology

2010

Senior

James E. Coad, M.D. Pathology Christopher J. Martin, M.D., MSc Community Medicine

Junior

H. Wayne Lambert, Ph.D. Neurobiology & Anatomy

2009

Senior

Robert Tallaksen, MD, Radiology

Junior

Mark Paternostro, PhD, Physiology

2008

Senior

Arif Sarwari, MD Internal Medicine/ ID

Junior

Charin Hanlon, MD Internal Medicine/Charleston

Professional Programs Award Recipients

2013

Senior

Cheryl Germain, MHS, PA Pathology

Junior

Amy Kurowski-Burt, MOT Occupational Therapy

2012

Junior

Teresa Rice, PhD Physical Therapy

2011

Senior

James Lewis, PhD Physiology

2009

Senior

William Wonderlin, PhD, Biochemistry

Junior

Lori Sherlock, PhD Exercise Physiology

2008

Senior

Ruth E. Kershner, EdD, RN, Community Medicine

Junior

G. Gregory Haff, PhD, Exercise Physiology

Award Recipients

2007

Melanie A. Fisher, M.D., Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases

2006

Stanley Zaslau, M.D., Surgery

2005

Mary Wimmer, PhD, Biochemistry

2004

David Deci, MD, Family Medicine

Jeffrey Jackson, MD, Internal Medicine

2003

James Arbogast, MD, Family Medicine

2002

Dorian Williams, MD, Family Medicine

Peter Erhlich, MD, Surgery

2001

Ruth Kershner, EdD, RN, Community Medicine

Frank Reilly, PhD, Anatomy

2000

Greg Doyle, MD, Family Medicine

Norman D. Ferrari III, MD, Pediatrics

1999

Penny Klinkachorn, PhD, Anatomy

1998

Donald Fidler, MD, Behavioral Medicine/Psychiatry

1997

Karen K. Douglas, PhD, Community Medicine

1996

Melanie Fisher, MD, Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases

1995

Rashida Khakoo, MD, Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases

1994

Judie Charlton, MD, Ophthalmology

1993

Mary Wimmer, PhD, Biochemistry

1992

Shawn A. Chillag, MD, Internal Medicine, Charleston

1991

Michael D. Johnson, PhD, Physiology

1990

David A. Taylor, PhD, Pharmacology

1989

Norman D. Ferrari III, MD, Pediatrics

1988

Sydney S. Schochet, Jr. MD Pathology

1987

Frank D. Reilly, PhD Anatomy

1986

Frank D. Reilly, PhD Anatomy

Many of the winners of the School of Medicine Distinguished Teacher Award have gone on to received the WVU Foundation Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor given by the University. View a list of winners.