Eighth Annual GUMC Convocation to Honor Faculty and Student Achievements

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November 1, 2015 – Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) will hold its eighth annual convocation on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Convocation brings together faculty, students and staff for an annual unified celebration that recognizes unique and outstanding achievements in research, education and service of faculty and students across GUMC. A complete list of the awardees who will be recognized at convocation is below.

The convocation will also celebrate the achievements of Martin J. Blaser, MD, a renowned clinician and researcher who will be honored with the Cura Personalis Award. In the morning, GUMC will convene a dynamic colloquium related to Blaser’s expertise titled, “Antibiotics, Panacea or Problem?” The panel discussion will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the New Research Building Auditorium.

Moderated by Edward B. Healton, MD, MPH, executive vice president for health sciences and executive dean, the discussion will feature Blaser as well as three Georgetown experts: Ranit Mishori, MD, professor of family medicine; Dan Merenstein, MD, associate professor of family medicine; and Jesse L. Goodman, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and director of Georgetown COMPASS.

The panelists will discuss the possible implications of antibiotic resistance on medicine and public health.

At the afternoon convocation ceremony, starting at 4:00 p.m., Healton will bestow the Cura Personalis Medal to Blaser, who will deliver the keynote lecture. Outstanding GUMC faculty and student achievement across all sectors of GUMC will be recognized at the award ceremony for excellence in teaching, research and service.

Immediately following the convocation ceremony, a reception will be held on the Podium Level of the New Research Building in honor of Blaser and all awardees.

Blaser, a professor of medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center, is a world-renowned researcher and clinician who has studied how bacteria can prevent or promote the development of disease for over 30 years.

There is growing concern about antibiotic resistance among members of the medical community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics each year. At least 23,000 people die each year as a result of these infections.

For a full schedule of convocation-day events, click here (new window).

Convocation Awards


GUMC Leadership in Research Award

Jeanne Mandelblatt, MD, MPH, Departments of Oncology and Medicine

GUMC Research Recognition Award

Irene A. Jillson, PhD, Department of Nursing

Suzanne O’Neill, PhD, Department of Oncology


GUMC Outstanding Service Award

Anna Riegel, PhD, Departments of Oncology and Pharmacology


Faculty Achievement in Education, School of Nursing & Health Studies

Carrie Bowman Dalley, MS, CRNA, Department of Nursing

Jason Tilan, PhD, Departments of Nursing and Human Science


School of Medicine

Mark Connor (M’16)

Anna Howell (M’16)

School of Nursing & Health Studies

Emma Boone (NHS’16, International Health Major)

Jefferson Haake (NHS’16, Human Science Major)

Biomedical Graduate Education

Dr. Mark Smulson Award for Excellence in Thesis Research

Tsion Minas (PhD candidate, Tumor Biology)

Dr. Zofia Zukowska Award for Excellence in Thesis Research

Amanda M. DiBattista (PhD candidate, Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience)


Kenneth L. Dretchen, PhD, Department of Pharmacology

Leigh Ann Renzulli
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