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Student, Faculty and Alumni Highlights


Trainees and faculty alike were honored at the 28th annual Department of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Graduation Dinner.

Jennifer A. Surtees, PhD

Jennifer A. Surtees, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry, has been selected by her peers to join the editorial board of the scientific journal Genetics.


A medical student and fellows in cardiovascular medicine, hematology-oncology and pediatric endocrinology-diabetes have received a trio of prestigious school awards.

Satyan Lakshminrusimha, MD

Satyan Lakshminrusimha, MD, has received the 2016 Mentor of the Year award from the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) in recognition of his excellence in developing trainees’ research skills and launching productive research careers.


G. Richard Braen, MD, associate dean for graduate medical education, has received the 2016 National Leadership Award from the New York State chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Christine Robertson and Jessica LaPiano

First-year medical students Jessica LaPiano and Christine Robertson have been awarded $30,000 annual tuition scholarships for their education in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


Three students in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences were honored for outstanding achievements at the University at Buffalo’s 2016 Celebration of Student Academic Excellence.

 John J. Leddy and patient

John J. Leddy, MD, clinical professor of orthopaedics, has received the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine’s (AMSSM) Best Overall Research Award for determining predictors of recovery from concussion in adolescents.


Vasvi Singh, MD, a first-year trainee in the cardiovascular disease fellowship, won the “Best Fellow in Training” poster award for her presentation at this year’s Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology.


A pioneering researcher and others who have made significant contributions to their fields and to the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences were honored with 2016 Faculty-Staff Recognition Awards.

Kevin J. Gibbons, MD

Kevin J. Gibbons, MD, associate professor and vice chair in the Department of Neurosurgery, has been named senior associate dean for clinical affairs and executive director of UBMD Physicians Group.

Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD, ’84

Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD ’84, senior associate dean for research and graduate education, has received the 2016 Stockton Kimball Award for outstanding scientific achievement and service.


Twenty-five doctoral, 22 master’s and 178 baccalaureate candidates were eligible to receive degrees in biomedical science fields during the May commencement ceremony.


The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences graduated 143 medical students during its 170th commencement on April 29.

Top members of the Class of 2016 received special recognition during the medical school’s Honors Convocation, held April 29.