School of Medicine Alumni Association welcomes new doctors, recognizes achievements

By Megan Bard

UMass Medical School Communications

June 02, 2017
  • Irvin Heifetz, MD, SOM ’79, delivers opening remarks at the annual School of Medicine alumni breakfast.
  • Michele P. Pugnaire, MD, who will step down from the role of senior associate dean for educational affairs in July, is recognized by the crowd.
  • Courtney Temple accepts the national Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award from Romolo Gaspari, MD.
  • Jessica Long, (center), accepts the Excellence in Public Health Award from Lt. Commander Andrew Geller, MD, Heather-Lyn Haley, PhD, and Robert Layne, MEd.
  • Michaela Tracy, Kate Stanton and Lev Gorfinkel accept awards from William Durbin, MD.
  • Sheldon Benjamin, MD, presents the Aaron Lazare Award for Psychiatry to Taylor Young and Mark Fusunyan.
  • Molly Cook rises to accept the Ann Nemitz Memorial Award.
  • Sydney Greenberg accepts the Sarah L. Stone Award for Excellence in Medical Education from Mai-Lan Rogoff, MD.
  • Chancellor Michael F. Collins presents the Chancellor’s Award to Geneva DeGregorio.
  • The School of Medicine Class of 2017

The School of Medicine Alumni Association welcomed 132 new members on Friday, June 2, as the Class of 2017 and faculty members were recognized for outstanding achievement.

Chancellor Michael F. Collins reminded the students that as they enter the profession, they carry with them the responsibility and privilege of caring for their patients and, by extension, their families.

“Ours is a very unique opportunity in the lives of our patients. That opportunity is to provide that caring touch that only a physician can provide,” Chancellor Collins said.

Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, took a moment to remind students that practicing medicine is a team sport. He encouraged them to remain optimistic about the future and not give in to the voices of negativity and to burnout.

“Despite all the challenges we face, there has never been a better time to be a physician than right now, in this very moment,” Dean Flotte said, citing significant medical advancement in research and treatments. The dean added that this generation of doctors is very much needed and wanted.

Irvin N. Heifetz, MD, SOM ’79, immediate past president of the UMass Medical School Alumni Association, welcomed the class to the association, bringing its membership to more than 4,000.

Dr. Heifetz told the students that as they head to residencies throughout the country, they might feel anxious, they can rest assured that they are ready.

“UMass alumni are known as the most outstanding residents throughout the country. With our alumni now topping 4,000, it is a great milestone to have so many graduates practicing in the exemplary ways,” he said.

During the ceremony, the following awards and recognitions were presented to students:

Chancellor’s Award
Geneva DeGregorio

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award as presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation
Jessica Long

Massachusetts Medical Society Scholars Awards

Award Winners:
Jorge Finke
Jessica Long
Michael Noujaim
Courtney Temple

Finalists:
Tedi Begaj
Jeffrey Brady
Geneva DeGregorio
Christopher Libby

 

United States Public Health Service 2017 Excellence in Public Health Awards
Jessica Long

Jacob Brem Pediatric Award
Michaela Tracy

New England Pediatric Society Award
Lev Gorfinkel

Marianne Felice Adolescent Health Award
Kate Stanton

Excellence in Obstetrics & Gynecology Award
Christina Kunycky

American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology
Simona Nedelcu

UMass Surgical Award for Excellence in Student Clinical Performance
Gregory Keefe

UMass Surgical Society Award for Excellence in Surgical Education:
Jeffrey Brady

Association of Academic Surgery Student Research Award
Jasmine Khubchandani

Department of Medicine Award for Outstanding Performance in Medicine
Geneva DeGregorio

Department of Medicine Award for Outstanding Clinical Performance in Medicine
Rachel LeBlanc

SAEM Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award
Courtney Temple

Aaron Lazare Award for Psychiatry
Mark Fusunyan
Taylor Young

John S. Efstathiou Memorial Award
Casey Hamilton
Nicholas Lunig
Patrick McGuire
Tyler Mehegan
Katherine Tang
Courtney Temple
Michaela Tracy

Ann Nemitz Memorial Award
Molly Cook
Gillian Griffith

Sarah Stone Memorial Award
Sydney Greenberg

Gary D. Winzelberg, MD, ’74 Memorial Award
Zachary Demma

Kristen M Ettensohn Memorial Award for Medical Excellence through Advocacy, Art and Athletics
Valerie Valant

American Medical Women’s Association Award

Rebecca Angoff
Mary Cavanaugh
Geneva DeGregorio*
Cassandra Doucet
Geeda Houranieh
Jennifer Kane
Jasmine Khubchandani
Haley Newman
Evan Pagano

Kristen Richard
Sara Rosenbaum
Molly Storer
Katherine Tang
Courtney Temple
Michaela Tracy
Elizabeth Yuan

*Special accommodation from the American Medical Women’s Association.

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Rebecca Angoff
Tedi Begaj
Alexander Boardman
Jeffrey Brady
Mary Cavanagh  Benjamin Crawford
Geneva DeGregorio
Gregory Foos
Mark Fusunyan
Lev Gorfinkel
Casey Hamilton
Geeda Houranieh
Jennifer Kane

Gregory Keefe
Jasmine Khubchandani
Nicholas Lunig
Patrick   McGuire
Tyler Mehegan
Jonathan Miller
Sarah Rosenbaum
Matthew Spring
Molly Storer
Michaela Tracy
Amrit Vinod
Andrew Wilbur

Gold Humanism Honor Society

Solange Bayard
Jeffrey Brady
Molly Cook
Andrew Dowd
Jorge Finke
Mark Fusunyan
Sydney Greenberg
Kasey Hebert
Geeda Houranieh
Jessica Long

Haley Newman
Noreen Okwara
Rachel Patel
Justin Pespisa
Elizabeth Rosen
Caroline Royer
Julia Siegel
Courtney Temple
Justin Vaida
Valerie Valant

Outstanding Medical Educator Awards

 

Mitchell Cahan, MD
Frank Domino, MD
Jerry Durbin, MD
Pang-Yen Fan, MD

Susan Gagliardi, PhD
Timothy Gibson, MD
Vijay Vanguri, MD

Outstanding House Officer Awards
Brandon Colvin, MD
Michael Gagnier, MD
Gregory Leslie, MD
Marcus Ortega, MD

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