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The 2003 Presidential Awards
Honoring Excellence at the Health Science Center

February 2003

by Amanda Gallagher

Excellence is difficult to measure. Each time we set standards, someone raises the bar. Each time we set limits, someone breaks them. It takes intellect, determination and passion to see beyond what we believe is possible. Those who can are considered truly excellent. Those who have are this year’s Presidential Award winners.

On Jan. 28, hundreds of faculty, staff and students gathered in the Health Science Center auditorium to witness something important: the acknowledgement of excellence. We are surrounded by it every day. But because excellence is not the exception – it is the rule at the Health Science Center – we sometimes forget to pause and pay tribute to those making a tremendous impact on where we work and how we live.

Each year, the Health Science Center takes a day to recognize the distinct few who have surpassed all our expectations. This year, the highest honor goes to Julio Palmaz, M.D.
Julio Palmaz, M.D.

Dr. Palmaz received the Presidential Distinguished Scholar Award for 2003. The award represents the very best in academic achievement. It honors an individual who exhibits superior scholarship and has contributed significantly to theory, research and practice.

Dr. Palmaz patented the first balloon-expandable stent. The device revolutionized cardiac care. It is now used in more than 2 million procedures a year.

Dr. Palmaz is internationally recognized for his outstanding achievements. He has bestowed honor upon the Health Science Center and, most importantly, his ingenuity has saved countless lives. Dr. Palmaz is truly a most worthy recipient of this year’s award.

While all members of the Health Science Center community are tremendously dedicated and valued, a distinct few have gone above and beyond all expectations. Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president, presented the presidential awards in a special ceremony in the Health Science Center auditorium. It is the first time the Health Science Center combined the faculty and staff awards into one presentation.

Dr. Cigarroa was proud to announce the winners in the following categories:

Presidential Distinguished Scholar Award
Julio Palmaz, M.D., department of radiology

Presidential Junior Research Scholar Award
P. John Hart, Ph.D., department of biochemistry

Presidential Excellence in Teaching Award
Barbara Doleshal, M.D., department of psychiatry
Carl Haveman, D.D.S., department of general dentistry
Anne Jones, D.D.S., department of pathology
Michael Mansueto, D.D.S., M.S., department of prosthodontics
Lance Villers, M.A., department of emergency medical technology
Frank Weaker, Ph.D., cellular and structural biology

Presidential Clinical Excellence Award
Nancy Kellogg, M.D., department of pediatrics
Geza Terezhalmy, D.D.S., department of dental diagnostic science
Elly Marie-Jeanne Xenakis, M.D., department of obstetrics/gynecology

Presidential Employee Excellence in Service Award
Elaine Demps, academic informatics services
Joan Engelhardt, family and community medicine
Donna Henckel, accounting
Roger Perales, family and community medicine
Kathleen Swanson, cellular and structural biology


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