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Health Science Center stars recognized for excellence Steven M. Haffner, M.D.


August 2007

The 2007 Presidential Awards were presented to faculty and staff members who exemplify exceptional dedication and leadership in their fields and provide good examples for others. "From outstanding faculty to dedicated staff to bright students, we are blessed with some of the nationís finest," President Cigarroa said.

The Presidential Distinguished Scholar Award was presented to Steven M. Haffner, M.D. Dr. Haffner is a professor in the department of medicineís division of clinical epidemiology. The world-renowned epidemiologist has designed and led major clinical trials breaking new ground in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. One of the most cited researchers in the world, Dr. Haffner helped spearhead the Diabetes Prevention Program, through which researchers discovered that moderate weight loss with diet and exercise lowered the incidence of diabetes among participants by 58 percent.

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

Presidential Junior Research Scholar
  • Xin-Yun Lu, Ph.D.


  • Presidential Teaching Excellence Award
  • J. Glenn Forister, M.P.A.S., P.A.-C.
  • Mary Jacks, M.S., R.D.H.
  • Janis Rice, M.S.N., R.N.
  • Richard Usatine, M.D.
  • Abraham Verghese, M.D.
  • Janet Williams, M.D.


  • Presidential Clinical Excellence Award
  • Sandra Jo Ehlers, M.D.
  • Boulos Toursarkissian, M.D.
  • Pamela Otto, M.D.


  • Employee Excellence in Service Award
  • Jennifer Bernu-Bittle
  • Kimberly Clark
  • Lisa Bradshaw
  • Walter Mejia
  • Virgil Schirf


  • Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm D. Orr were presented the Special Presidential Award for their tireless efforts in establishing and nurturing the HSC International Alliance, an organization formed to welcome students, employees and their families to campus.

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