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Three New Members Inducted Into the Pass and Susel Academy of Educational Excellence

Thursday, June 23, 2011

 Drs. Salvaterra, Fantry, Lewin, Susel, Pass and Reece gather outside the Taylor Lecture Hall, where the ceremony was held.

On June 22, 2011, three more School of Medicine faculty members were inducted into the Pass and Susel Academy of Educational Excellence, named for the alumni who made these awards possible through their generous contributions to the School of Medicine. Carolyn Pass, MD, and Richard Susel, MD, a husband and wife team from the Class of 1966, established the academy in 2008 to recognize exemplary medical educators.

“We are eternally grateful for the education that was given to us here at the School of Medicine, and we still find we are using what we learned every day, all these years later,” said Dr. Susel. “These educators are doing for a new generation of learners what was done for us.”

Added E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Medicine. "Indeed, teaching the next generation of physicians, scientists, and health care professionals is both a privilege and an honor,” he said. “We are deeply grateful to Drs. Pass and Susel for their wonderful generosity, which enables the School of Medicine to publicly recognize those faculty members who truly excel as teachers and mentors.”

This year's honorees were George Fantry, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Clinical Co-Director of Functional Systems and Pathophysiology I&II, and Director of the Heartburn & Dyspepsia Program at the UMMC AeroDigestive Center; Linda Lewin, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, and Head of the Division of Pediatric Education; and Gerard Barcak, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and director of the combined PhD Program in Biochemistry, who was appointed posthumously. (He passed away in 2007; his widow, Carmen Salvaterra, MD, accepted on his behalf.)

Honorees are nominated by their peers, with the final selections made by current Academy members. Drs. Fantry and Lewin received a monetary award and a plaque commemorating this honor. Along with Dr. Barcak, their names were also added to a display hanging in the Pass and Susel Medical Education Facility in Howard Hall, which permanently recognizes all inductees into the Pass and Susel Academy of Educational Excellence.

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