Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD, delivers his Stockton Kimball Lecture titled “Although There Is an ‘I’ in Science, It Takes a Great Team To Be Successful.”
Medical School Faculty, Staff Recognized for Excellence in 2017
The Jacobs School of Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences celebrated scientific achievements,
outstanding service and significant teaching contributions during
its 2017 Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards event May 18.
2017 Stockton Kimball Award
received the award for his “outstanding research,
teaching and his extensive service to the profession, SUNY,
university, school, department and community,” noted Suzanne
G. Laychock, PhD, senior associate dean for faculty affairs and
facilities, who presented the award.
He has been recognized at UB with the SUNY Inventor Award and
has been honored as a Top 100 Principal Investigator and as a
visionary inventor for his technology related to the use of
microorganisms as controls for assay specificity and detection.
His research focus has been on pathogenesis and vaccine and drug
development against extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli,
Acinetobacter baumannii and a new variant of Klebsiella
Russo will deliver the Stockton
Kimball Lecture in 2018.
Charles M. Severin, MD, PhD (left), was given the Dean’s Award for extraordinary service to the school by Michael E. Cain, MD, dean of the medical school.
This award recognizes an individual who has provided
extraordinary service to the school and has gone above and beyond
the call of duty to make a difference.
E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and medical
school dean, said Severin has done “an absolutely
spectacular” job as admissions committee director and has
made a huge difference in the way the medical school matriculates
Cain noted that the annual number of applications to the medical
school was around 2,500 when he first came to UB in 2006 and is now
at more than 4,500 and climbing.
Noting the complexities of admitting and interviewing students
who apply to medical school, Cain said: “I can’t think
of a hotter seat to sit in than an individual who has to look
through all those applications and have the joy of the great news
of inviting students to join us but also have the difficult news of
telling most they are not able to join us as medical
“Chuck has come through year after year with a truly
increasingly outstanding group of medical students that we all have
the opportunity to train, to befriend and to benefit from,”
John P. Naughton Award
Marsha S. Barber, senior administrative assistant in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, was one of two winners of the John P. Naughton Award.
- Marsha S. Barber, senior administrative assistant in the Division
of Cardiovascular Medicine
- Anne Coe, senior research support specialist in the Division of
“This year, the Naughton Award is being shared by two
outstanding nominees who together have contributed 91 years of
service to the school,” Cain said. “Anne Coe and Marsha
Barber are among the ‘unsung heroes’ of the
school’s evolution and forward movement, and they have
contributed significantly to the advancement of the school and to
the fulfillment of its mission.”
Barber joined the pulmonary medicine division in 1973 and has
supported the teaching, research and patient care activities of
faculty in pulmonary diseases and medicine throughout her career.
In addition to her prior work as support staff in the pulmonary
medicine division, she is also a former assistant to the chair of
In 2004, she joined the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and
provides administrative support services for division faculty. She
was an instrumental member of the team conducting the PAREPET trial
(Prediction of Arrhythmic Events with Positron Emission
Tomography). Barber served as a research coordinator for the study
and was the point person responsible for interacting with all of
the subjects that were enrolled throughout Western New York.
“Marsha is known for her warm sense of humor, a quiet
highly competent approach to all we task her and the execution of
all her duties with diligence and reliability,” said John
M. Canty Jr., MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Albert and
Elizabeth Rekate Professor and chief of cardiovascular
Anne Coe was also a recipient of this year’s John P. Naughton Award. She is a senior research specialist in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.
Coe joined the pulmonary medicine division in 1970 and quickly
became recognized for her skills at grant management as well as her
graphics ability in developing charts, slides and PowerPoint
In 1996, Coe went to work full time in the Division of
Cardiovascular Medicine where her primary responsibilities have
largely focused on grants administration.
“Anne’s many responsibilities have always been taken
on willingly with a spirit of advancing our research, and her tasks
are always carried out without a flaw,” Canty said.
“Anne is without a doubt one of those key individuals who
makes a Pl’s research life enjoyable by taking care of the
many increasingly burdensome administrative tasks of
Named for a former medical school dean, this award recognizes
outstanding staff members or volunteers who contribute
significantly to the advancement of the medical school and its
Awards of Excellence for Promoting Inclusion and Cultural Diversity
These awards recognize that a diverse and inclusive campus
community enhances excellence in research and academic medicine by
broadening and strengthening teaching, learning and
Michael E. Cain, MD, and Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD, presented Taechin Yu, MD (center), with a Faculty Award of Excellence for Promoting Inclusion and Cultural Diversity.
“Dr. Yu is a tireless promoter of diversity in the
residency program he has directed since 2012,” said Margarita
L. Dubocovich, PhD, senior associate dean for diversity and
She pointed out that Vanessa
M. Barnabei, MD, PhD, professor and chair of obstetrics and
gynecology, noted in her letter of nomination that their department
has the most diverse residency program at UB, which has
strengthened and increased the quality and number of medical
students applying for residency.
“Dr. Yu’s didactic presentations are carefully
focused on the professional development of his residents so that
they become competent physicians and surgeons showing compassion
and empathy to the patients they serve,” Dubocovich said.
Jaafar M. Angevin was given a Staff Award of Excellence. With him are Cain, Dubocovich and David A. Milling, MD (far right).
Angevin was described as “the face of the medical
school’s highly successful and often unsung
post-baccalaureate program, which the medical school has hosted for
a quarter of a century, and whose mission is to promote diversity
in the physician workforce.
“Jaafar works tirelessly with the students in the program,
helping to ensure their success and making sure they stay on track.
Not only does he organize the program, but he is a cheerleader, a
shoulder to cry on sometimes and an all-around counselor to the
students,” Dubocovich said. “He is a major contributor
to the overall success of the program.”
Susan M. Orrange, PhD, assistant dean for education and resident services, was given a Staff Award of Excellence.
In her roles as co-chair of the resident Well-Being Committee,
faculty adviser to the UB Resident Committee and adviser for the
Gold Humanism Honor Society, Orrange is a champion for a more
diverse and inclusive team, Dubocovich said.
“In this regard, Dr. Orrange is an expert and regular
presenter on factors that promote diversity or topics such as
unconscious biases that negatively affect the development of a
diverse GME workforce,” she said.
Medical Student Award
MD/PhD student Tom Fuchs was presented with the Medical Student Award of Excellence for Promoting Inclusion and Cultural Diversity.
Fuchs is described as “a natural leader and organizer who
enjoys mentoring and working with students from different
backgrounds and who strives to ensure that everyone feels included
by organizing team lunches and movie nights.”
Dubocovich said the Office of Inclusion and
Cultural Enhancement specifically wanted to acknowledge and
thank Fuchs for serving as emcee of the Music is Medicine program,
encouraging students, faculty and staff to come together and share
“He is dedicated, enthusiastic and exudes a welcoming
energy that is second to none,” she said.
Medical Resident Award
Originally from Nigeria, Asikhia faced several challenges in
coming to the United States, Dubocovich said. Her nominator stated
“Dr. Asikhia’s willingness to fight stigma and promote
understanding of different cultures begins with her residency
group, attending physicians, the WNY Psychiatric Society
and national advocacy groups.”
“She works to include diversity topics in the
UB psychiatry grand rounds lecture schedule, and she takes
every opportunity to fully embrace people from a multitude of
ethnic and cultural origins,” Dubocovich said.
Inaugural Community Service Award
David A. Milling, MD, senior associate dean for student and academic affairs, was the recipient of the inaugural Community Service Award.
Among his many responsibilities, he oversees admissions,
multicultural affairs and cultural competency as well as student
“Dr. Milling is a great ally and advocate for his
students, who rely on him for practical and career advice, and more
importantly as a trusted, supportive adviser,” Dubocovich
He has been recognized for his involvement with UB HEALS, the
program through which medical students, together with a UB faculty
physician, talk to homeless people, inquire about their health,
provide basic services and attempt to steer them to housing options
“This not only improves the health of Buffalo’s
homeless population but also provides invaluable hands-on training
for our medical students,” Dubocovich said.
“Dr. Milling’s dedication to our medical students,
particularly through the lens of inclusiveness and equity, and his
outreach into the diverse communities of Western New York, make him
an ideal candidate for the 2017 inaugural Community Service Award
S. Faden, MD, professor of pediatrics
- Reid R. Heffner, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor emeritus of
and anatomical sciences
- Robert L. Klick, associate professor emeritus of biotechnical and
clinical laboratory sciences
C. Mendel, PhD, associate professor of pathology and
A. Roth, PhD, professor of pharmacology and
- Frank T. Schimpfhauser, PhD, associate dean for curriculum, Office of Medical
- Stephen W. Spaulding, MD, professor emeritus of medicine
- Trudy R. Baker, MD, clinical associate professor of obstetrics and
C. Berger, MD, clinical associate professor of family
medicine and senior
associate dean for graduate medical education
- Lawrence B. Bone, MD, professor emeritus of orthopaedics
S. Cohan, PhD, professor of pathology and
- Michele A. Cook, MD, clinical assistant professor emeritus of
- Ronald J. Foote, MD, clinical associate professor emeritus of
- Marion Zucker Goldstein, MD, professor emeritus of psychiatry
- William R. Kinkel, MD, professor emeritus of neurology
W. Lohr, MD, professor of medicine
Jeffery Mador, MD, associate professor of medicine
- Marcelle Ann Mostert, MD, clinical assistant professor emeritus
- Jong O. Park, MD, clinical assistant professor emeritus of radiology
- Thomas C. Rosenthal, MD, professor and chair emeritus of family
- Richard J. Ruh, MD, clinical assistant professor of family
- James A. Russell, PhD, professor emeritus of physiology and
biophysics and pediatrics
P. Schenk, MD, clinical assistant professor of family
Ten Brock, MD, clinical professor of medicine
- Dale R. Wheeler, MD, clinical assistant professor of orthopaedics
- David M. Wiechec, MD, clinical assistant professor emeritus of
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