Faculty Recognition Awards

FOCUS Award
for the Advancement of Women in Medicine

In 2004, FOCUS introduced the FOCUS Award for the Advancement of Women in Medicine. This award recognizes a faculty member (male or female) whose outstanding efforts and achievements have promoted women’s professional success, women’s healthcare, and/or women’s overall quality of life at Penn Medicine. All Penn medical faculty, excluding those who comprise the leadership of FOCUS, in any of the four “fulltime” faculty tracks (Tenure, Clinician-Educator, Research, and Academic-Clinician) and in any rank or department are eligible for nomination.

This award is presented during the annual FOCUS fall leadership mentoring conference and is also announced to all School of Medicine faculty. In addition to the institutional recognition that this honor brings, the awardee's name is added to the plaque that hangs alongside the Penn Medicine Awards of Excellence. Nominations and letters of support may be submitted by any member of the School of Medicine faculty (male or female).

Prior Award Recipients

2013

Emily Fox Conant, MD
Professor, Department of Radiology
Chief of Breast Imaging,Department of Radiology
Vice Chair of Faculty Development, Department of Radiology

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2012

Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE
Professor, Department of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Division Chief, General Internal Medicine

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2011

Kathy N. Shaw, MD, MSCE
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Associate Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Division Chief, Emergency Medicine
Director, Emergency Medical Services
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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2010

J. Richard Landis, PhD
Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Statistics
Director, Division of Biostatistics
Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Director, Biostatistics Unit
Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Faculty Co-Director, Clinical Research Computing Unit, CCEB


(Special one-time tribute)
FOCUS Visionary Leadership Award

Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh

Dean, School of Medicine (2001-2011)
Professor, Department of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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2009

Judy A. Shea, PhD
Professor, Department of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Associate Dean for Medical Education Research

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2008

Jonni S. Moore, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Director, Cancer Center Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Facility
Director, Clinical Flow Cytometry Laboratory

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2007

Marjorie A. Bowman, MD, MPA
Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Director, Center for Public Health Initiatives

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2006

Jo Buyske, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Chief, Department of Surgery
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

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2005

Karin L. McGowan, PhD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Microbiology Laboratory
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
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2004

Lisa M. Bellini, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care
Vice Chair for Education and Inpatient Services
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Arthur K. Asbury Award
for Outstanding Faculty Mentoring

This annual faculty mentoring award was initiated by FOCUS in 1999 in order to create a visible and prestigious way to formally recognize the critical value of mentoring in academic medicine. In 2004, at the request of the Dean, the award became one of the School of Medicine Awards of Excellence, the Arthur K. Asbury Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentoring. FOCUS is pleased and honored by the evolution of this award to a permanent place among the other School of Medicine awards and to have been the foundation for this Award of Excellence for Mentoring.

As a FOCUS award from 1999- 2003, this mentoring award was given to a faculty member chosen from the entire School of Medicine community who, according to the collective opinion of the University of Pennsylvania women medical faculty, served as an exceptional mentor to other faculty. All faculty, male or female and of any rank or track, were eligible for nomination. The Directors and Co-Directors of FOCUS and the Leadership Mentoring Program were not eligible for this award. While the definition of an outstanding mentor is complex, the following paragraph is a beginning:

A mentor is a trusted guide who supports and facilitates a mentee's development towards the realization of his/her short and long-term career and life goals. A mentor educates, encourages, protects, and facilitates appropriate risk taking to teach the values and skills necessary to successfully navigate the organization. A mentor also opens access to institutional resources and helps the mentee to develop a network of relationships that might otherwise be unavailable to someone at that level of their career and, in so doing, may risk putting his/her own career “on the line.”

The recipient of the FOCUS Mentoring Award for Excellence received a plaque and a $1,000 monetary prize.


(As a School of Medicine Excellence Award since 2004)

2013

Michael S. Parmacek MD
Herbert C. Rorer Professor of Medical Sciences, Department of Medicine
Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Director, Cardiovascular Institute

2012

Anil K. Rustgi, MD
T. Grier Professor, Department of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology

2011

Joshua P. Metlay, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Medicine


2010

Harold I. Feldman, MD, MSCE
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology


2009

Charles P. O’Brien, MD, PhD
Kenneth E. Appel Professor of Psychiatry


2008

Caryn Lerman, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry


2007

Thomas A. Wadden, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry

2006

Gary Koretzky, MD, PhD
Leonard Jarett Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


2005

Steven M. Albelda, MD
William Paul Measey Professor of Medicine


2004

David A. Asch, MD, MBA
Robert D. Eilers Professor Health Care Management and Economics
Professor of Medicine


(As a FOCUS Mentoring Award, 1999-2003)


2003

Allan I. Pack, MB, ChB, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Neurology, and Psychiatry
Chief, Division of Sleep Medicine


2002

Emma A. Meagher, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine and Pharmacology


2001

Jane M. Lavelle, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics


2000

Helen Conrad Davies, PhD
Professor, Microbiology


1999 (a tie)

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA
Professor, Medicine; Director, Institute on Aging;
Chief, Geriatrics

Annemarie Weber, MD
Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics