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First UH-NEOMED Scholars are named

Six students and 30 faculty members were honored as the first UH-NEOMED Faculty and Student Scholars during a special presentation on March 7 at NEOMED.

The honorees are recognized for their outstanding achievements and their commitment to representing the core values of both University Hospitals and NEOMED.

NEOMED President John Langell welcomed guests and shared how the scholars program aligns with the goals of the UH-NEOMED affiliation agreement.

“Thank you to University Hospitals for this incredible recognition,” he said, before welcoming to the podium Daniel Simon, M.D., president for Academic & External Affairs, and chief scientific officer, University Hospitals Health System.

“When Dean [Marc] Basson and President Langell sent me these recommended faculty scholars to look at, it was one of the easiest things that I had to do, because your track record was really amazing and it was very impressive. It was great to read the applications that were so diverse along the tripartite issues of healing, teaching and discovering,” Dr. Simon noted. “We have an aspiration to be better and we are certain that our relationship with you is going to help us get better and we are going to count on this faculty here to help.”

Dr. Simon gave a special “shout out” to researchers in the newly named University Hospitals Hearing Research Center at NEOMED.

“It is really impressive to see a group of investigators with such robust [NIH] funding… and it’s a model for many other of our departments to follow,” he said.

UH-NEOMED FACULTY SCHOLARS

The Faculty Scholars program recognizes outstanding NEOMED faculty who have demonstrated a commitment to at least two of the three domains of University Hospitals’ mission: “To Heal. To Teach. To Discover.”

The first UH-NEOMED Faculty Scholars are:

Julie Aultman, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Marc Basson, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., FACS
Dean, College of Medicine
Professor, Department of Surgery and Anatomy and Neurobiology

Kristin Baughman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department Family and Community Medicine

Natalie Bonfine, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Lisa Cooper, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Feng Dong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Medical Sciences

Jessica Ferrell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Medical Sciences

Rebecca Fischbein, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Sheila Fleming, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Alex Galazyuk, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Stacey Gardner-Buckshaw, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Rebecca German, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Paul Hartung, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Takhar Kasumov, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Yong Lu, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Jeffrey Mellott, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Erik Messamore, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Moses Oyewumi, B.Pharm, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Priya Raman, M.Pharm., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Medical Sciences

Merri Rosen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Fayez Safadi, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Margaret Sanders, M.A., L.S.W.
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Brett Scholfield, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Matthew Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Randon Welton, M.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Bradley Winters, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Liya Yin, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Medical Science

Jesse Young, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Ping Zhang, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Integrative Medical Sciences

Yanqiao Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Integrative Medical Sciences

UH-NEOMED STUDENT SCHOLARS

The Student Scholars are chosen for their outstanding commitment to the missions of University Hospitals and NEOMED. University Hospitals strives “To Heal. To Teach. To Discover.” NEOMED aims “To harness diversity, innovation and collaboration to create transformative leaders, and to improve health through education, discovery and service.”

The first UH-NEOMED Student Scholars are:

Noah Aguirre, Pharm.D.
NEOMED Advisor: Austin Shin, Ph.D.
UH Collaborator: Robert Bonomo, M.D., Professor, Department of Medicine, Pharmacology, and Molecular Biology, CWRU School of Medicine

Laila Almassri, M.A.
NEOMED Advisor: Jeffrey Mellott, Ph.D.
UH Collaborator: Kumar Alagramam, Ph.D., The Anthony J. Maniglia Chair for Research and Education Professor and Director of Research – Otolaryngology

Trae Hillyer
NEOMED Advisor: Austin Shin, Ph.D.
UH Collaborator: Robert Bonomo, M.D., Professor, Department of Medicine, Pharmacology and Molecular Biology, CWRU School of Medicine

Trinity Kronk, M.D./Ph.D. candidate
NEOMED Advisor: Fayez Safadi, Ph.D.
UH Collaborator: pending

Gabrielle Robinson, Ph.D. candidate
NEOMED Advisor: Fayez Safadi, Ph.D.
UH Collaborator: pending

Miljan Terzic, Pharm.D./Ph.D. candidate
NEOMED Advisor: Samuel Crish, Ph.D.
UH Collaborator: Douglas Rhee, M.D., Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, UH Cleveland Medical Center; Director, Eye Institute, University Hospitals; Division Chief, Ophthalmology, UH Ahuja Medical Center

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