32 Inducted Into AOA Honor Society, Naughton Award Presented

Published March 26, 2013

Story by Alexandra Edelblute

Thirty-two individuals were inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, and two students received the John Naughton award during a March 14 ceremony in Butler Auditorium.


Initiating Students, Faculty to AOA

Election to AOA is a lifelong honor that signifies a commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism and service to the art of healing.

The inductees are as follows:

Class of 2013

  • Richard Sung Ahn
  • Olivia Claudia Dryjski
  • Ariel Krutchick Fredrich
  • Emily Kraus
  • Jeong-Hee Ku
  • Lei Lei
  • Matthew Stephen Manganaro
  • Margaret Moult
  • Bridget M. Obzud
  • Kelly Elizabeth O’ Hear
  • Kevin Frederick Seals
  • Brandon R. Seifert
  • Anjan Shah
  • Amanda Shorette
  • Mirela Tuzovic
  • Richard J. Ward
  • Robb A. Wasserman
  • Kevin Zeeck

Class of 2014

  • Anthony Bejjani
  • David J. Ciufo
  • Alice L. Crane
  • Emily Farrell
  • Brittany A. Frankel
  • Saied Ghadersohi
  • Sahar Naseer
  • Sara A. Neimanis
  • Elissa Katherine Ortolani
  • Matthew E. Schimmel
  • Bradley William Smith
  • Kyle William Trecartin
  • Daniel Vincent Vargo


Linda Pessar, MD, professor and director of medical student education in psychiatry, was also inducted.

Naming Naughton Awardees

Kevin Seals and Kevin Zeeck, two of the initiates, won the John Naughton Contemporary Medicine Award for creating a manual fostering the development and success of third-year medical students.

The award recognizes significant student contributions to the medical school or community.

Participants Include Dean, AOA President, Others

Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, offered opening remarks.

The distinguished lecturer was John E. Tomaszewski, MD, professor and chair of pathology and anatomical sciences, who gave a presentation titled “Seeing Your World.”

Gerald Sufrin, MD, president of AOA’s Buffalo Chapter, led the candidate induction; Frank T. Schimpfhauser, PhD, assistant dean for educational evaluation and research, presented the Naughton award.

Alice Crane, an initiate, gave a talk on AOA’s history.