Distinguished Community Service and Advocacy Award

Nominations for the 2022 BSD Distinguished Community Service and Advocacy Award are now closed.

The objective of this award is to recognize faculty members who have enhanced the quality of life in the community by contributing personal time, effort, resources, and expertise and/or by leveraging institutional resources and collaborations for the betterment of the community. The award can recognize either service to the local community and/or to other communities. Each faculty member may nominate one junior and one senior faculty member in this category.


  • One Junior Faculty Award: Instructors, Assistant Professors, early Associate Professors (4yrs or less)
  • One Senior Faculty Award: Late Associate (more than 4 years) or Full Professors


  • Candidate must be a current member of the employed (non-voluntary) faculty at the University of Chicago and hold their primary appointment in a BSD department.
  • The work for which the candidate is being nominated must have occurred while a faculty member at the University of Chicago.
  • The candidate’s work must be acknowledged within the community that has benefited from it.
  • Current elected members of the Faculty Advisory Committee are ineligiblesee list of members here.

Nomination Submission Requirements:

  • Nominee’s CV
  • Two Nomination Letters (250-500 words) describing the basis for the nomination:
    • One Nomination Letter from a faculty member describing the candidate’s contribution(s) and impact on the community as well as details about the nature, extent, duration, and impact of community service.
    • One Nomination Letter from a member of the community describing the candidate’s contribution(s) with details about the nature, extent (number of people served), duration, and impact on the community. Note: It is the responsibility of the nominator to collect and submit the letter from the community member supporting the nomination.

Award Winners

  • Elizabeth Tung, MD, Medicine (General IM)
  • Katherine Thompson, MD, Medicine (Geriatrics)
  • Tanya Zakrison, MD, Surgery (Trauma)
2011 - 2020


  • Oluwakemi Onajin, MD, Medicine
  • Stacy Lindau, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology


  • Mai Pho, MD, Medicine
  • Rita Rossi-Foulkes, MD, Medicine


  • Shellie Williams, MD, Medicine
  • Deborah Burnet, MD, Medicine and Pediatrics


  • Anna Volerman, MD, Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Bradley Stolbach, PhD, Pediatrics


  • Jill Glick, MD, Pediatrics


  • Monica Vela, MD, Medicine


  • Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH, Medicine
  • Daniel Johnson, MD, Pediatrics


  • Monica Peek, MD, MPH, Medicine
  • Karen Kim, MD, Medicine


  • Doriane C. Miller, MD, Medicine