Golden Apple Awards 2024: Celebrating the GUSOM Community

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(April 14, 2024) — Georgetown University School of Medicine faculty, students and staff were honored during the annual Golden Apple Awards ceremony, held Friday, April 12 at The City Club of Washington.

Congratulations to the 2024 Golden Apple Honorees

The Golden Apple Awards are presented annually by each class to a member of the faculty whose outstanding professional and personal qualities have enhanced the medical education of the members of the class.

Golden Apple Awards

Nancy Hu, MD – Class of 2024

Nancy Hu, MD – Class of 2025

Sarah Kureshi, MD – Class of 2026

Sarah Kureshi, MD – Class of 2027

Cura Personalis Award

The Cura Personalis Award recognizes exemplary individuals who embody the spirit of professionalism and cura personalis both in and out of the classroom.

Joseph Wolfram, Class of 2026

Rob Burdon, Class of 2027

The Stephen Ray Mitchell Award for Outstanding Clinical Mentorship

The Stephen Ray Mitchell Award is presented to a fourth-year student who exemplifies the principles of mentorship, intellectual curiosity, and compassion that Dr. Mitchell embodied throughout his time as both a clinician and Dean for Medical Education.

Alexandra O’Kane, M’24

John C. Rose Award

The John C. Rose Award is presented annually to a member of the faculty or administration who has demonstrated outstanding service to the school and has contributed to the improvement of medical education and student life.

Sarah Kureshi, MD

Presidential Excellence Award

The Presidential Excellence Award is presented by the class presidents and School of Medicine Executive Council to a faculty or staff member who goes above and beyond their role to address the needs of the student body

Michael Terao, MD, MEd

Geza M. Illes Award

The Geza M. Illes Award honors an outstanding first year teacher who serves as an inspirational role model in the field of gross anatomy.

Elise Orellana, PhD

Doctoring Award

The Doctoring Award recognizes a faculty member, module director, or leader in a Clinical Skills Course whose outstanding teaching, professional, and personal qualities have enhanced the medical education of the members of Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Deborah Topol, MD

Excellence in Teaching at HOYA Clinic Award

The Excellence in Teaching at HOYA Clinic Award recognizes excellence in teaching clinical skills and caring for underserved populations at HOYA Clinics.

Eileen Moore, MD

Lambda Award

The Lambda Award recognizes a GUSOM faculty member’s enduring commitment to the LGBTQ community at Georgetown University.

Susan Cheng, Ed.L.D.

Jeanne V. Walther Award

The Jeanne V. Walther Award recognizes an administrator who has displayed outstanding service, chosen by the student leaders on behalf of the entire student body.

Dustyn Wright

Physiology Teacher of the Year Award

The Special Masters Program in Physiology students present the Physiology Teacher of the Year Award to a faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional qualities as an educator.

Jennifer Whitney, PhD

Faculty Affiliate Award

The Faculty Affiliate Award is given to a physician, outside of Georgetown, who has made a significant contribution to the clinical medical education and mentorship at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Miguel Fernandez, MD

The Student Advocacy Award

Inaugural presentation to the faculty or staff member who champions the overall professional, academic and personal wellbeing of each student at the School of Medicine

Sarah Kureshi, MD

Humanism Award

The Humanism Award recognizes a faculty member in a non-basic science course who improves overall medical education and embodies the principle of cura personalis.

Sarah Kureshi, MD

David Leon Taylor Award

Students in the Georgetown Experimental Medical Studies (GEMS) program select a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated outstanding service and leadership for the GEMS community.

Mfoniso Okon, MD

Golden Orchard

Membership in the Golden Orchard is an honor shared by those individuals whose sustained dedication to teaching has earned them three or more Golden Apple Awards.

New to the Orchard this year:

Caitlin Coker, PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology

Lee Jones, MD, Psychiatry

Princy Kumar, MD, Medicine

J.V. Nable, MD, Emergency Medicine

Joseph Timpone, MD, Medicine

Additional Golden Orchard members:

Michael Adams, MD, Medicine

Nancy Barr, MD, Family Medicine

William T. Beaver, MD, Pharmacology

Susan Cheng, Ed.L.D., MPP, Family Medicine

Daniel H. Connor, MD, Pathology

Caitlin Coker, PhD, Anatomy

John S. Dillon, MD, Surgery

Kenneth Dretchen, PhD, Pharmacology

Rebecca Evangelista, MD, Surgery

Stephen R. T. Evans, MD, Surgery

Erin A. Farrish, MD, Medicine

Amanda Finnell, Office of Student Affairs

Mary Furlong, MD, Pathology

Richard Gillis, PhD, Pharmacology

Aviad Haramati, PhD, Physiology

Yvonne Hernandez, PhD, Pharmacology

Annaliese Heussler, Office of Student Affairs

Shiloh Jones, PhD, Biochemistry

Donald Kerwin, MD, Pathology

Donald M. Knowlan, MD, Medicine

Princy N. Kumar, MD, Infectious Diseases

Sarah Kureshi, MD, Family Medicine

Clifton A. Leftridge, Jr. MD, Radiology

Stephen Ray Mitchell, MD, MBA, Medicine

Susan Mulroney, PhD, Physiology & Biophysics

JV Nable, MD, Emergency Medicine

Wesley P. Norman, PhD, Anatomy

Arthur Raines, PhD, Pharmacology

Charles Read, MD, Pulmonary

Wolfgang P. Rennert, MD, Pediatrics

Joseph Timpone, MD, Infectious Disease

Carlo Tornatore, MD, Neurology

Aykut Uren, MD, Hematology & Oncology

Branislav Vidic, SD, Anatomy

Russell Wall, MD, Anesthesiology

Sean Whelton, MD, Medicine