Distinguished Leader in Program Innovation Award

Nominations for the 2022 BSD Distinguished Leader in Program Innovation Award are now closed.

The objective of this award is to recognize outstanding faculty leaders who have developed innovative programs that have improved the quality of the BSD and/or the Medical Center. A broad range of programs are eligible including, but not limited to, programs that improve clinical care, administration, education, and research. 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


  • The nominee 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 achievements for which the candidate is being nominated must have occurred while 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
  • Nomination Letter (250-500 words) describing:
    • The nominee’s role in development of the program
    • What is innovative about the program
    • The program’s impact on improving the quality of the BSD and/or the medical center. Provide as much descriptive and/or objective detail as possible.
    • Is this or a similar program established elsewhere in the region or country? If so, how has the program being recognized advanced innovation in the field?

Award Winners

  • Xavier Keutgen, MD, Surgery (General)
  • Chalongchai Phitsanuwong, MD, Pediatrics
  • Husam Balkhy, MD, Surgery (Cardiac)
  • Anna Zisman, MD, Medicine (Nephrology)
2011 - 2020

  • Jessica Donington, MD, Surgery
  • Amber Trueheart, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Emily Landon, MD, Medicine
  • Kimberly Stanford, MD, MPH, Medicine


  • Valerie Press, MD, Medicine
  • Kiran K. Turaga, MD, Surgery


  • Jonathan Paul, MD, Medicine
  • Stephanie Palmer, MD, Organismal Biology and Anatomy
  • Roderick Tung, MD, Medicine


  • Megan Huisingh-Scheetz, MD, Medicine
  • Katherine Thompson, MD, Medicine
  • Cathryn Nagler, PhD, Pathology


  • Emily Landon, MD, Medicine
  • Victoria Prince, PhD, Organismal Biology and Anatomy
  • William Dale, MD, PhD, Medicine


  • Alexander Langerman, MD, Surgery
  • Ken Nunes, MD, Surgery
  • Mohan Gundeti, MD, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology


  • Dana Suskind, MD, Surgery
  • Betty Theriault, DVM, Surgery
  • Joseph Kanabrocki, PhD, Microbiology


  • Andrew Artz, MD, Medicine
  • Eduardo Perozo, PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


  • John F. McConville, MD, Medicine
  • Tobin Sosnick, PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology