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Upstate honors 13 with Gold Standard Awards

Thirteen Upstate Medical University faculty members have been named as 2022 Gold Standard Award winners.

The awards recognize faculty for “work exemplifying the missions of Upstate, with particular emphasis on professionalism, work ethic and character.”

“It is with great pride that I congratulate these members of the Upstate faculty for their outstanding achievement,” said President Mantosh Dewan. “Their dedication to our mission, especially most recently under the trying conditions of the pandemic, is most worthy of this recognition.”

The awards are presented annually by the Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development during the Celebration of the Faculty, which will be held via Zoom April 5 from 4 to 6 p.m., or in person in the Medical Alumni Auditorium in Weiskotten Hall. The Zoom link is https://upstate.zoom.us/j/96420478447

“This year’s Gold Standard Award winners are unsung heroes,” said Ann S. Botash, MD, senior associate dean for faculty affairs and faculty development. “Their work has been consistently supportive of colleagues, students, and others, as well as the Upstate mission. They are each role models for the fields they represent.”

Winners are selected from nominations from faculty peers.

This year’s Gold Standard Award winners are:

Tamer Ahmed, MD, assistant professor, Department of Surgery, Norton College of Medicine 

Kathleen Beney, MS, RT, RRT-NPS, associate professor, Respiratory Therapy, College of Health Professions

Vincent Calleo, MD, assistant professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Norton College of Medicine 

William Hannan, MD, associate professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Divisions of Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine and Rheumatology, Norton College of Medicine.

Housam Hegazy, MD, MBA, MLS, CPE, SFHM, FACP, CHCQM, associate professor, Departments of Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine, chief, Division of Hospital Medicine, Norton College of Medicine 

Fenghua Li, MD, FASA, professor and vice chair of quality assurance, Department of Anesthesiology, Norton College of Medicine 

Zsuzsa Szombathyne Meszaros, MD, PhD, associate professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychiatry Residency Program director, Norton College of Medicine 

Jennifer Myszewski, DO, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hospitalist Medicine, Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine fellowship director, Norton College of Medicine 

Vandana Sharma, MD, FASA, associate professor, Department of Anesthesiology, director of Pain Medicine and Acute Pain Service, associate program director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship, Norton College of Medicine. 

Karen Teelin, MD, MSEd, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics, diector of Adolescent Medicine, Norton College of Medicine 

Karen Thrasher, MS, RPA-C, assistant professor, Physician Assistant Studies, College of Health Professions

Kim Wallenstein, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, medical director of Upstate’s Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, Norton College of Medicine 

Heather Wasik, MD, MHS, assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Nephrology, Associate Pediatric Residency Program director, Norton College of Medicine