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Siegel Awards Recognize Excellence in Teaching

Published April 19, 2012

Teachers in the departments of pediatrics, pathology and anatomical sciences, family medicine and surgery received Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Awards at the 2012 ceremony, held April 18 in the atrium of the Biomedical Education Building.

The awards are the foremost means for recognizing extraordinary teachers in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The winners are listed below, along with comments from nominating students.

Teaching in the Pre-Clinical Program

“If Dr. Cohan had only been a great lecturer, it would have been enough. Instead, he is just as dedicated to his students outside the classroom as he is within it.”

Teaching in the Clinical Program

“Dr. Erbe has a great rapport with his patients, and his wealth of knowledge is humbling.”

Volunteer Teaching

“Dr. Berke’s attitude is impressively positive and invigorates his students to perform at a higher level.”

Resident Teaching

“Dr. Erbe has a great rapport with his patients, and his wealth of knowledge is humbling.”
Student comment about Siegel Award winner Richard Erbe, MD

“Dr. Jafree was the best resident I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. He is the reason I will always look back fondly on my 27-hour shifts on the surgery rotation.”

Special Recognition

  • Alexander (Alastair) Brownie, PhD, DSc, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus (biochemistry)

“It’s clear that Dr. Brownie cares about every one of the students and our individual success.”

Honorable Mention

Recipients of honorable mention were also recognized at the ceremony. They are:

Full-Time Teaching in the Pre-Clinical Program

Full-Time Teaching in the Clinical Program

Volunteer Teaching

Resident Teaching

About the Siegel Awards

Louis A. Siegel received his medical degree from UB in 1923 and served as an assistant professor of obstetrics-gynecology for 21 years. He was a dedicated clinical teacher who was able to inspire both medical students and house officers with enthusiasm and the spirit of inquiry.

Considerations for the Siegel Awards include instructional skill, ability to stimulate thinking and develop understanding, demonstration of sensitivity toward the human condition and ability to serve as a role model for students.

A student award committee comprised of representatives from each medical class reviews nominations provided by students and selects awardees in each category.