Distinguished Educator and Leader Award

Nominations for the 2022 BSD Distinguished Educator and Leader Award are now closed.

The objective of this award is to create a formal mechanism for recognizing the highly talented members of our faculty for excellence in teaching and leadership across the continuum of education. Nominations in any category or multiple categories are welcomed. The nominator must specify whether the nominee should be honored for excellence in undergraduate, graduate, or clinical teaching; or more than one of these categories. Recognizing the importance and distinctiveness of basic science education and clinical education, there will be awards to honor excellence in each of these areas. Each faculty 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 educational achievements for which the candidate is to be considered must have taken place while the person was a faculty member at the University of Chicago.
  • Current elected members of the Faculty Advisory Committee are ineligiblesee list of members here.

Nomination Submission Requirements:

  • Nominee’s CV
  • Two Nomination Letters
    • One Nomination Letter from a faculty member (250-500 words) describing why the person is being nominated, including the extent of their teaching (learner level, frequency/duration, quality of teaching, as well as educational scholarship or leadership).
    • Nominating faculty member must solicit a second Nomination Letter (250-500 words) from a student or trainee. Nomination Letters from trainees or students who are no longer at the University of Chicago will be accepted as long as the letter speaks to training done at UChicago.  This letter should include the extent of their teaching (learner level, frequency/duration, quality of teaching, as well as educational scholarship or leadership), and any comments on educational leadership/scholarship if known. Nominating faculty member is responsible for submitting the Nomination Letter from a student or trainee.

Award Winners

  • Nicola Orlov, MD, Pediatrics
  • Mark Siegler, MD, Medicine (General IM)
  • Jeanne Fernan, MD, Medicine (Hospitalist)
2011 - 2020


  • Russell Reid, MD, PhD, Surgery
  • Thomas Krausz, MD, Pathology / Medicine
  • David Pitrak, MD, Medicine
  • Tia Kostas, MD, Medicine


  • Shannon Martin, MD, Medicine
  • Rakesh Navuluri, MD, Radiology
  • Erin J. Adams, PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


  • Wei Wei Lee, MD, MPH, Medicine
  • Diane Lauderdale, PhD, Public Health Sciences


  • Lolita Alcocer Alkureishi, MD, Pediatrics
  • John Alverdy, MD, Surgery
  • Dorothy Hanck, PhD, Medicine


  • Adam Cifu, Medicine
  • William Meadow, Pediatrics
  • M. Eileen Dolan, Medicine


  • Keme Carter, Medicine
  • Kevin Roggin, Surgery
  • Phoebe Rice, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


  • Callum Ross, PhD, Organismal Biology and Anatomy
  • Mary Strek, MD, Medicine
  • Mark Siegler, MD, Medicine and Surgery


  • Lianne Kurina, PhD, Public Health Sciences
  • Peggy Mason, PhD, Neurobiology
  • Vineet Arora, MD, Medicine
  • Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, Medicine
  • Javad Hekmatpanah, MD, Surgery and Neurology


  • Jerome Klafta, MD, Anesthesiology and Critical Care
  • Michael LaBarbera, PhD, Organismal Biology and Anatomy


  • David Kovar, PhD, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology
  • Michael Marcangelo, MD. Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Edwin “Chip” Ferguson, PhD, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology
  • Joel Schwab, MD, Pediatrics