Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
Alumnus Levi Garraway, MD, PhD, (’05) received the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The prize recognizes “leaders in cancer research who are making significant contributions to the understanding of cancer or are improving the treatment of the disease through basic or clinical research.”

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Clinical Scholars
Current Clinical Scholar Lauren Hughes, MD, (’13) and RWJF/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Scholar Justin List, MD, (’13) are two of the six recipients of AcademyHealth’s Presidential Scholarship for the AcademyHealth Institute on Advocacy and Public Policy. This Presidential Scholarship provides individuals with funding to attend the 2014 National Health Policy Conference, where they have a unique opportunity to interact with AcademyHealth leadership and learn effective strategies for communicating with policy-makers.

Grantmakers in Health announced that alumnus Mark Smith, MD, MPA, (’88) president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation, will receive the 2014 Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy. The award pays tribute to health grantmakers whose work is distinguished by leadership, innovation, and achievement, as well as creativity, risk-taking, and boldness.

Sara Warber, MD, (’99), alumna and current Clinical Scholars program faculty member at the University of Michigan, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to study the health benefits of time spent in the natural environment on human physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. She will study at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.

Executive Nurse Fellows
Ann Cashion, PhD, RN, FAAN, (’05) was named scientific director for the National Institute of Nursing Research’s Division of Intramural Research, which focuses on basic and clinical research on the interactions among molecular mechanisms underlying a single symptom or cluster of symptoms, and behavioral and environmental influences on individual health outcomes. She previously served as acting scientific director and senior advisor to the Office of the Director.

Margaret Franckhauser, MS, MPH, RN, (’04) was elected vice chair of the board of the Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health care philanthropic organization.

Tara Hulsey, PhD, MSN, (’06) dean of Charleston Southern University’s College of Nursing and Allied Health, has been elected to the board of directors of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Mary Lou Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC, FAAN, (’03) was elected the 2014 president-elect of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Charlotte Mather, MBA, RN, (’08) was elected president of the Wyoming Organization of Nurse Executives. She will serve a two-year term.

Julie Myhre, MS, RN, (’09) began work in January at the Minnesota Department of Health. She is working with the Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives (OSHII) to advance policy, system, and environmental approaches to promote health for all populations in the state. OSHII is at the heart of Minnesota’s efforts to address chronic diseases.

Joy F. Reed, EdD, RN, FAAN, (’98) head of Public Health Nursing and Professional Development in the Division of Public Health at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, is being honored with a scholarship fund bearing her name. The Joy F. Reed Leadership Scholarship honors her loyalty and dedication to the advancement of public health nursing in North Carolina. Her career has spanned more than 40 years.

Sharon Stanley, PhD, RN, FAAN, (’11) was named a visiting professor at the College of Nursing and Health at Wright State University, and was appointed director of its National Disaster Nursing Certificate program. Stanley is immediate past nursing officer for the Red Cross.

Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
Alumnus Esteban Burchard, MD, MPH, (’04) participated in a symposium at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History titled, The African Diaspora: Integrating Culture, Genomics, and History. His presentation, “Medical Importance of Ancestry Testing”, describes his work in understanding the association between genomics and asthma prevalence and mortality rates.

Alumnus Charles Howell, MD, AGAF, (’87) has been appointed chair of the Howard University Department of Internal Medicine effective February 10, 2014. He will be responsible for overseeing all academic, clinical, and research activities of the department. Prior to becoming chair of the department, Howell served as a professor of medicine with tenure and director of hepatology research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research
Amy Finkelstein, PhD, (’03), David Meltzer, PhD, MD, (’07), and James Robinson, PhD, (’93) have been appointed to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) Panel of Health Advisers for 2014. They will attend periodic meetings and impart their knowledge of cutting-edge research and the latest developments in health care delivery and financing to enhance CBO’s quality of analysis of health policy. Review the full list of CBO’s health advisers.

New Connections
New Connections alumna Tamara Leech, PhD, (’07) was promoted to associate professor with tenure at Indiana University Richard Fairbanks School of Public Health.