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2016-2020 Awards and Recognition

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs BadgePhiladelphia Magazine’s Top Docs in Nephrology

  • Sandeep Aggarwal, MD
  • Jeffrey Berns, MD
  • Roy Bloom, MD
  • Raphael Cohen, MD
  • Laura Dember, MD
  • Joel Glickman, MD
  • Simin Goral, MD
  • Lawrence Holzman, MD
  • Yonghong Huan, MD
  • Ellie Kelepouris, MD
  • Sidney Kobrin, MD
  • Michael Rudnick, MD
  • Raymond Townsend, MD
  • Alan Wasserstein, MD

2021 Awards and Recognition

Radhika Srinivasan Award for Humanism and Professionalism in Medicine: The award, created in 2005, is to recognize and honor distinguished faculty of the Department of Medicine who are exemplars for humanism and professionalism in medicine. The award is named in memory of Dr. Radhika Srinivasan, a former Gastroenterologist at University of Pennsylvania and a strong advocate for the GI health of women and minorities vulnerable to health disparities.

Recipient, Nwamaka (Amaka) Eneanya, MD, MS in recognition of the impact both locally and nationally to overcome disparities in healthcare delivery.

Alfred Newton Richards Award:  This international recognition is presented every two years by the International Society for Nephrology for “outstanding basic research in fields relevant to nephrology.”

Recipient, Katalin Susztak, MD, PhD in recognition of repeatedly groundbreaking work using the modern tools of genomics, epigenetics, cell and molecular biology has identified new kidney cells, and found previously unrecognized genes and mechanisms that point toward an understanding of common progressive kidney diseases.

First Place, National Young Investigators Forum, Clinical Research:  This award recognizes research fellows for their excellence in clinical research.

Recipient, Christina Wang, MD, MSCE for her project, Time-Varying Dynamics of Plasma Refill Rate and Risk of Hypotension During Maintenance Hemodialysis.

ASPA Speaker at the AAP/ASCI/APSA Joint Meeting: The Premier Meeting for Physician-Scientists, this meeting is the combined annual gathering of attendees from the Association of American Physicians, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the American Physician Scientists Association and features presentations of high-level discoveries from distinguished researchers.

Honoree: Katalin Susztak, MD, PhD recognized as instrumental in defining genetic, epigenetic transcriptional changes in diseased human kidneys.

2020 Awards and Recognition

Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award from the Perelman School of Medicine:  This award recognizes achievement in the health evaluation sciences, including bioethics, biostatistics, epidemiology, health services research, and related fields.  This area of research is designed to improve the organization, delivery, and financing of health care; to discover new knowledge about the clinical and social basis of disease and its treatment; and to understand the ethical and social implications of the work of the health professions.

Recipient, Peter Reese, MD, MSCE for his outstanding contributions to extending the benefits of organ transplantation to ever-wider circles of patients who might not have benefited in the past and important contributions to health behavior change in transplantation and nephrology in the area of medication non-adherence.

The Renal Electrolyte & Hypertension Division at the University of Pennsylvania, Outstanding Renal Fellow Award

  • Recipient, Kevin Fay, MD: This award is presented to the Nephrology fellow who exemplifies the outstanding clinician educator, providing compassionate patient care, and demonstrating a commitment to teaching medical students and residents.

The Renal Electrolyte & Hypertension Division at the University of Pennsylvania Humanism Award

  • Recipient, Bader Kfoury, MD: This award recognizes a nephrology trainee who best exhibits humanistic qualities in patient care: integrity, compassion, empathy, altruism, and respect for the individual.

The Renal Electrolyte & Hypertension Division at the University of Pennsylvania, J. Russell Elkinton Faculty Teaching Award

  • Recipient, Abdallah Geara, MD: This award recognizes the faculty member who excels in teaching and positively influences the lives and careers of students, turning young doctors into specialists in that field.   

Department of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine Robert Austrian Award Award for Basic Science Research

  • Recipient, Junnan Wu, MD, PhD

The National Kidney Foundation J. Michael Lazarus Award .  This award was established to honor Dr. J. Michael Lazarus for his major contributions to the clinical science and care of dialysis patients, and to recognize individuals whose research has yielded novel insights related to renal replacement therapy.

  • Recipient, Laura Dember, MD in recognition of achievements and contributions to patient-oriented research in chronic kidney disease with a particular focus on interventions to improve clinical outcomes for patients treated with maintenance hemodialysis.

American Society of Transplantation, Innovation Award

  • Recipient, Peter Reese, MD, MSCE (accepted on behalf of the THINKER trial team) for research on using hepatitis-C-infected kidneys for transplantation.

National Minority Quality Forum Honoree “40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health” 

  • Recipient, Amaka Eneanya, MD, MPH recognized as representing the next generation of American thought leaders in reducing health disparities.  

2019 Awards and Recognition

The Renal Electrolyte & Hypertension Division at the University of Pennsylvania, Outstanding Renal Fellow Award

  • Recipient, Sam Gelfand, MD: This award is presented to the Nephrology fellow who exemplifies the outstanding clinician educator, providing compassionate patient care, and demonstrating a commitment to teaching medical students and residents.

The Renal Electrolyte & Hypertension Division at the University of Pennsylvania Humanism Award

  • Recipient, Vishnu Potluri, MD: This award recognizes a nephrology trainee who best exhibits humanistic qualities in patient care: integrity, compassion, empathy, altruism, and respect for the individual.

The Renal Electrolyte & Hypertension Division at the University of Pennsylvania, J. Russell Elkinton Faculty Teaching Award

  • Recipient, Amanda Leonberg-Yoo, MD, MS: This award recognizes the faculty member who excels in teaching and positively influences the lives and careers of students, turning young doctors into specialists in that field. 

 American Society of Transplant Clinical Science Investigator Award 

  • Recipient, Deirdre L. Sawinski, MD in recognition of achievements and contributions to the field of transplantation.

2018 Awards and Recognition

National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Donald W. Seldin Distinguished Award

  • Recipient, Jeff Berns, MD in recognition of excellence in clinical nephrology in the tradition of one of the foremost teachers and researchers in the field, Dr. Donald W. Seldin.

The Renal Electrolyte & Hypertension Division at the University of Pennsylvania, J. Russell Elkinton Teaching Award

  • Recipient, Abdallah Geara, MD. This award recognizes the faculty member who excels in teaching and positively influences the lives and careers of students, turning young doctors into specialists in that field.

Inaugural Fellow of AJKD Editorial Interns  

  • Samantha Gelfand, MD

AJKD "Reviewer Hall of Fame"

Barry M. Brenner Endowed Lectureship, American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

  • Recipient, Lawrence Holzman, MD. This lectureship recognizes the global impact a physician plays in discovering ways to impro, ve the well-being of patients afflicated with renal disease. 

The Renal Electrolyte & Hypertension Division at the University of Pennsylvania, Outstanding Fellow Award

  • Recipient, Vishnu Potluri, MD. This award is presented to the Nephrology fellow who exemplifies the outstanding clinician educator, providing compassionate patient care, and demonstrating a commitment to teaching medical students and residents.

Penn Department of Medicine Edwards Holmes Award

  • Recipient, Deirdre Sawinski, MD for Early Career Faculty Engaged in Clinical Research

Measey Senior Research Fellowship Grant, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

  • Recipient, Sarah Schrauben, MD

National Kidney Foundation, Shaul G. Massry Distinguished Lectureship

  • Recipient, Raymond R. Townsend, MD. This lectureship was established to honor Dr. Shaul G. Massry for his scientific achievements and contributions to the kidney health care community and to the National Kidney Foundation.

2017 Awards and Recognition

The Renal Electrolyte & Hypertension Division at the University of Pennsylvania, Outstanding Renal Fellow Award

  • Recipient, Margaret Duffy, MD: This award is presented to the Nephrology fellow who exemplifies the outstanding clinician educator, providing compassionate patient care, and demonstrating a commitment to teaching medical students and residents.

National Kidney Foundation Regional Young Investigator’s Forum

  • Recipient, Gaia Coppock, MD, First Prize
  • Mid-Atlantic Region, Second Prize National Competition, Basic Science Oral Presentation

The Renal Electrolyte & Hypertension Division at the University of Pennsylvania, J. Russell Elkinton Faculty Teaching Award

  • Recipient, Siddharth Shah, MDThis award recognizes the faculty member who excels in teaching and positively influences the lives and careers of students, turning young doctors into specialists in that field. 

2016 Awards and Recognition

Penn Pearl Teaching Award

Clinical Research Presentation, National Young Investigators' Forum, National Kidney Foundation

The Renal Electrolyte & Hypertension Division at the University of Pennsylvania, Outstanding Renal Fellow Award

  • Recipient, Muriel Ghosn, MD:This award is presented to the Nephrology fellow who exemplifies the outstanding clinician educator, providing compassionate patient care, and demonstrating a commitment to teaching medical students and residents.

The Renal Electrolyte & Hypertension Division at the University of Pennsylvania, J. Russell Elkinton Faculty Teaching Award

  • Recipient, Joel Glickman, MDThis award recognizes the faculty member who excels in teaching and positively influences the lives and careers of students, turning young doctors into specialists in that field. 

Measey Senior Research Fellowship Grant, Department of Medicine, PSOM, University of Pennsylvania

  • Recipient, Gaia Coppock, MD

Fellow of the American Society of Transplantation

  • Named, Deirdre L. Sawinski, MD

Physician of the Year from the American Heart Association  

  • Recipient, Raymond R. Townsend, MD
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