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Hallway showing portraits of awardees of the Mayo Clinic Teachers of the Year

May 6, 2022

By Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science staff


Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, along with the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association and Rochester Mayo Fellows' Association, has announced the recipients of the Teacher of the Year Awards as well as the Edward C. Kendall and Donald C. Balfour Alumni Awards for Meritorious Research, Fellows' Fellow Award, and Mayo Fellows' Association Humanitarian Award.

Teacher of the Year awards

Recipients are nominated and voted on by residents and fellows in the respective programs. The recipients for 2022 are:

Recipient Department
Arnoley Abcejo, M.D. Anesthesiology
Omar Abu Saleh, M.B.B.S. Infectious Diseases
Nandan Anavekar, M.B., B.Ch. Cardiovascular Diseases
Gabor Bagameri, M.D. Cardiovascular Surgery
Karim Bakri, M.B.B.S. Plastic Surgery
Semirra Bayan, M.D. Otorhinolaryngology
Alok Bhatt, M.D. Radiology
Melanie Bois, M.D. Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
James Boyum, M.D. Radiology
Andrew Chalupka, M.D. Anesthesiology
Scott Cheney, M.D. Urology
Kristina Colbenson, M.D. Emergency Medicine
Ryan Giddings Connolly, M.D. Community Internal Medicine
Ana Creo, M.D. Pediatric Endocrinology
Addison Demer, M.D. Dermatology
Kara Dupuy-McCauley, M.D. Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Ghaneh Fananapazir, M.D. Radiology
Molly Feely, M.D. Community Internal Medicine
Jeremy Fogelson, M.D. Neurologic Surgery
Catherine Freeman, M.D., B.Ch. Allergy and Immunology
Emmanuel Gabriel, M.D., Ph.D. Surgery
Arne Graff, M.D. Family Medicine
Thai Ho, M.D., Ph.D. Hematology/Oncology
R. Jeffrey Karnes, M.D. Urology
Zafer Keser, M.D. Neurology
Chi Wan Koo, M.D. Radiology
Alyssa Larish, M.D. Obstetrics and Gynecology
Scott Lester, M.D. Radiation Oncology
Nelson Leung, M.D. Nephrology
Joseph Lucido III, Ph.D. Radiation Oncology
Matej Markota, M.D. Psychiatry
Clement Michet Jr., M.D. Rheumatology
William Miranda, M.D. Cardiovascular Diseases
Julian Molina, M.D., Ph.D. Medical Oncology
Ann Moyer, M.D., Ph.D. Laboratory Genetics and Genomics
Richard Newcomb, M.D. Preventive Medicine
Sameer Parikh, M.B.B.S. Hematology
Thanai Pongdee, M.D. Allergy and Immunology
Chad Rasmussen, D.D.S. Orthodontics
Todd Rasmussen, M.D. Vascular Surgery
Candido Rivera, M.D. Hematology/Oncology
Beth Rush, Ph.D. Psychology
Adam Sawatsky, M.D. General Internal Medicine
Craig Sawchuk, Ph.D. Psychology
Dante Schiavo, M.D. Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Jad Sfeir, M.D. Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Neel Shah, M.B., Ch.B. Hospital Internal Medicine
Douglas Simonetto, M.D. Gastroenterology
Fantley Smither, M.D. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Elson So, M.D. Neurology
Anthony A. Smith, M.D. Plastic Surgery
Matthew Starr, M.D. Ophthalmology
Abigail Taylor Neurology
Abraham Tiffany, M.D. Family Medicine
Beau Toskich, M.D. Radiology
Mark Tyson II, M.D. Urology
Robert Wilfahrt, M.D. Family Medicine
Brandon Yuan, M.D. Orthopedic Surgery

Research awards

The Mayo Clinic Alumni Association announces the recipients of the Edward C. Kendall and Donald C. Balfour Alumni Awards for Meritorious Research.

Colleen Bartman, Ph.D.

Colleen Bartman, Ph.D.

Anesthesiology

Edward C. Kendall Alumni Award for Meritorious Research

This award recognizes outstanding research by a senior research fellow.

Amrit Kamboj, M.D.

Amrit Kamboj, M.D.

Gastroenterology

Donald C. Balfour Alumni Award for Meritorious Research

This research award recognizes outstanding research by a Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education resident.

Fellow awards

The Mayo Fellows' Association announces winners of the Fellows' Fellow Award and Mayo Fellows' Association Humanitarian Award. Both award recipients are submitted and selected by residents.

Gail Nelson

Gail Nelson

Alumni Relations

Fellows' Fellow Award

This award recognizes a nonphysician member of the Mayo Clinic community who has gone above and beyond to provide support and assistance to residents and fellows at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

 Kimberly Gergelis, M.D.

Kimberly Gergelis, M.D.

Radiation Oncology

Mayo Fellows' Association Humanitarian Award

This award was created to recognize a member of the Mayo Clinic community who has made significant, enduring contributions to humanity through charitable activities, indigent care, community service, or other humanitarian projects.