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Professional Recognition


Robert M. Arnold, MD, and Douglas B. White, MD, received Distinguished Research Mentor Awards. The recipient(s) of this award exhibits dedication to their mentee(s) by providing significant contribution to his/her career development, providing timely and constructive feedback, investing in the mentee(s) independent success, and creating opportunities for him/ her to enhance their careers.

Lauren Broyles, PhD, and Melissa A. McNeil, MD, MPH, received the Excellence in Teaching Awards. This faculty member is nominated by students who believe this person has gone above and beyond the classroom, shown unparalleled passion for education, and made a positive impact on their career in clinical and translational research and medical education.

Lauren Broyles, PhD, RN, also received the Best Overall Digital Poster Award at the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Interprofessional Conference. This conference was hosted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing; Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA); National SBIRT Addiction Technology Transfer Center; AIDS Education and Training Center; and the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research.

Leslie Hausmann, PhD, was formally presented with the 2014 VA Secretary's Fourth Annual Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award in May 2015. This award recognizes Dr. Hausmann’s outstanding results through leadership and innovation in the areas of VA workplace diversity and inclusion.

Charles Jonassaint, PhD, was selected as a scholar for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) funded Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE).

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Invitations and Conferences

Adam Gordon, MD, MPH, was invited to participate in a White House Symposium, Medicine Responds to the Need for Addiction Expertise, designed to advance the prevention of unhealthy substance use and addiction.

Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, chaired the 2015 Pittsburgh Conference, "The Science of Medication Adherence: Moving Adherence Measurement Forward." More than 100 participants from academia and industry attended this national conference. Dr. Gellad was also a featured speaker at a recent free public health care forum sponsored by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at the Heinz History Center on "The Specialty Drug War: Cost vs. Cure."

Charles Jonassaint, PhD, was selected for the American Psychosomatic Society (APS) Young Investigators Colloquium. The Young Investigators Colloquium is a competitive application process to attend a fully paid half-day workshop with the ultimate purpose of promoting the development of innovative and impactful psychosomatic research by bringing together the expertise of senior APS mentors with the cutting edge research ideas of postgraduate trainees.

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Other Honors

Adam Gordon, MD, MPH, co-authored the National Practice Guideline for "Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use." These guidelines were recently released by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Gordon was also recertified as a Medical Review Officer by the Medical Review Officer Certification Council.

D. Michael Elnicki, MD, edited the September issue of Journal of General Internal Medicine: Special Issue on Medical Education.

"The Veterans Choice Act and Dual Health System Use," a recent commentary by Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and briefed to Veterans Affairs senior leadership.

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