Awards - Alumni Association
Call for Nominations – 2015 College of Medicine Alumni Association Awards
We are soliciting nominations for the Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Association Awards. Awards are presented at the Dean’s Award Luncheon during Alumni Weekend in May. Graduate Citation Awards are presented in the fall at Discovery Day. Recipients must be able to attend award presentation.
An award nomination form (
PDF or Word document) can be submitted to the Office of Alumni Relations. Please include supporting materials such as current CV of the nominee, biography and recommendation letter.
Self-nominations are accepted.
Learn more about each award, and view last year’s award recipients.
Please submit forms to:
Cory Miller, MS
Director Alumni Engagement
Drexel University College of Medicine
Please call 215.255.7345 with any additional questions.
Thank you for your nomination!
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More About the Alumni Association Awards
WMC/MCP Alumnae/i Achievement Award
This award was established to recognize a WMC/MCP graduate who is highly acclaimed for excellent service and accomplishment in his/her respective professional field, leadership in the medical profession, participation in professional organizations, and scholarly activity that brings recognition to the medical school and the Association.
HU Distinguished Alumnus/a Award
This award was established to recognize a Hahnemann University graduate who is highly acclaimed for excellent service and accomplishment in his/her respective professional field, leadership in the medical profession, participation in professional organizations, and scholarly activity that brings recognition to the medical school and the Association.
Outstanding Alumni Awards
These awards were established to recognize graduates and postdoctoral trainees of Drexel University College of Medicine or any of the predecessor schools for significant accomplishment and excellence in one or more of the following areas: clinical practice, research, teaching, mentorship, entrepreneurship or professional contributions.
Boots Cooper Community Service Award
This award was established to recognize a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine or any of the predecessor schools who has, over the years, achieved significant accomplishments in his/her professional field, touched the community through leadership involvement, and provided a significant impact on community health aspects.
Service to the Association Award
This award was established to recognize those alumnae and alumni who have provided dedicated service over the years to the Alumnae and Alumni Association through leadership positions, initiation of programs, commitment to membership recruitment and support of the institution.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes alumni for outstanding achievements in their professional lives, personal integrity and stature, and who have made lasting contributions to their chosen profession. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor given by the Alumni Association.
Alumni Association Recognition for Distinguished Service Award
The Alumni Association Recognition Award is given to an individual who is not an alumnus of the institution, but whose extraordinary service, support and dedication to the mission of the University and Association warrant special acknowledgment.
Graduate Citation Award Mid-Career and Senior Graduates
This award was established to recognize a PhD graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine or any of the predecessor schools who is highly acclaimed for his/her significant accomplishments in the field of biomedical research as evidenced by notable publications and presentations, or who has made significant contributions by bringing important medications, devices or technologies to market. PhD alumni who are at least 10 years post degree are eligible.
Graduate Citation Award Early Career or Young Investigator
This award was established to recognize a PhD graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine who is recognized as a promising and outstanding investigator in the early stages of his/her career, with accomplishment in the field of biomedical research as evidenced by notable publication and presentation, or who has made significant contributions by bringing important medications, devices, or technologies to market. PhD alumni who are within 10 years of graduation are eligible.
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Our 2014 Alumni Association Award Recipients
The Awards Committee, chaired by Vanessa Boyce, PhD '07, presented the 2014 awards to the below recipients. The awards were presented on Saturday, May 3, 2014, during the Dean's Awards Luncheon.
Rebecca Jaffe, MD, MCP ’80
Well respected in the medical community both locally and nationally, Dr. Jaffe has been a practicing family physician in Wilmington, Delaware, for more than 30 years. She currently owns and serves as managing partner of Rebecca Jaffe MD and Associates, a three-physician private practice specializing in family and sports medicine. She also serves as an instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and she is a senior member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington. In addition, she is one of five physicians on the Christiana Care board of directors.
Dr. Jaffe has also demonstrated her commitment to her profession and her patients by being a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. An active member of the AAFP since 1983, Dr. Jaffe has served on numerous commissions and committees, including the Commission on Continuing Medical Education, the Commission on Health of the Public and Science, and the Committee on Communications. She has also served as Delaware’s delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates for nearly 20 years. At the state level, Dr. Jaffe is an active member of the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians (AFP), and she is past president and a member of the Executive Committee since 1988.
An active member of both her local and global community, Dr. Jaffe has served as a volunteer physician for the U.S. Olympic Committee, Team USA, caring for athletes both in the United States and abroad. She also served as team physician for St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington for 30 years. She completed her family medicine residency at Wilmington Medical Center. She also has a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.
John James Lukaszczyk, MD, HU '84
Dr. Lukaszczyk is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and a clinical associate professor of surgery in the Temple University Health System. In addition, he serves in multiple capacities at St. Luke’s Hospital and University Health Network, where he is an associate program director for the general surgery residency, an active lecturer for second-, third- and fourth-year medical students, and is director of surgical grand rounds.
In addition to his educational responsibilities, Dr. Lukaszczyk serves as general surgery section chief and director of minimally invasive surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital, as well as the Hospital’s network medical director of wound management. From 2008 to 2010, he served as both president of the medical staff and a member of the board of trustees for St. Luke’s, and has continued to serve on numerous hospital committees. Dr. Lukaszczyk earned his bachelor's degree from Villanova University, and he also completed his internship and residency programs at Hahnemann University. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Lukaszczyk was the first surgeon in Pennsylvania to perform robotic surgery using the daVinci Surgical System.
Overcoming the most critical of life-threatening illnesses, Dr. Lukaszczyk managed to thrive and face the challenges of his residency and go on to become a role model to others who face challenges of all kinds. He continues to give, and he has traveled to Russia as a goodwill ambassador to teach Russian surgeons laparoscopic surgery techniques. Dr. Lukaszczyk continues to put his heart and soul into his work as an outstanding clinician.
Joan M. Teno, MD, HU '82
Dr. Teno is professor of community health and medicine in the research scholar track and associate director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. Both as a researcher and clinician, Dr. Teno has devoted her career to understanding how to measure and improve the quality of life of frail, older and dying persons. She has led a statewide effort to improve pain management in nursing homes, for which she has received an award from the American Cancer Society.
Dr. Teno has served on numerous advisory panels including the Institute of Medicine, World Health Organization and American Bar Association and as grant peer reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has been the recipient of funding from the NIH and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Dr. Teno led the effort in the design of the Study to Understand Prognoses and Preferences for Outcomes and Risks of Treatments (SUPPORT) intervention analysis and was lead author in 12 publications from that research effort, which ranged from the role of advance directives to describing the dying experience of seriously ill and older adults. She was the lead investigator in a research effort to create a Toolkit of Instruments to Measure Care at the End of Life (TIME). In this grant effort, she created the Brown University Family Evaluation of Hospice Care that is currently being used by hospice across the nation and internationally to examine the quality of hospice care.
Janet P. Kramer, MD, WMC '68
Dr. Kramer is retired as a physician surveyor with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, where she surveyed health services in prisons, jails and youth correctional facilities throughout the U.S. Prior to that, she served as the program director, and then the director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Services at the Christiana Care Health Systems, Inc. She also spent 20 years in private practice as an internist-adolescent medicine specialist in Wilmington, Delaware.
During her career, she established the first full-service public school, The First State School, for chronically ill children and adolescents in a hospital, developed health services for Delaware's juvenile correction facilities, and directly developed the school-based wellness centers in 9 of 29 Delaware high schools. Dr. Kramer also was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health to represent U.S. internists on the first U.S. Council of Graduate Medical Education for three years (1984-1987).
Dr. Kramer has served on many other boards and committees, including Delaware's Adult Corrections Health Care Review Committee, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, and the Medical Society of Delaware. She continues to volunteer for the Adult Corrections Health Care Review Committee (appointed by Governor Markel), the Delaware Coalition for Health and Justice, the Delaware Superior Court and Mental Health Task Force, the Family Promise of Northern New Castle County, and the Delaware Justice Board. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a certified correctional health professional.
At Drexel, Dr. Kramer has served on the Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Association since 1993. She served as chair of the 1998 Reunion Campaign and was the 1968 WMC class agent. She served on the Executive Committee and as chair of the Alumni Association’s Finance Committee, as well as treasurer. In 1998, she received the Boots Cooper Award from the Alumni Association.
Michael Joseph Panella, MD, MCP ’89, JD ( Posthumously)
Described as brilliant, industrious, compassionate and humble, Dr. Panella was a staff pathologist at Quest Diagnostics and a teacher of forensic law at the University of Pittsburgh Law School. A talented teacher, he had also been an assistant clinical professor of pathology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Missouri and an adjunct professor of law also at the University. Dr. Panella also spoke at conferences that translated across medical and legal disciplines, and he was a frequent contributor to medical and legal journals.
After completing a dermatopathology fellowship at Wake Forest, Dr. Panella fulfilled his Air Force obligation as a staff pathologist at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. He then worked as a staff pathologist in Ohio, and then at Quest Diagnostics in Pittsburgh. He developed a strong interested in forensic medicine and law, and while working at Quest, he attended the University of Pittsburgh Law School, earning his law degree in 2005. He graduated
cum laude and received the prestigious Order of the Coif, finishing in the top 10 percent of the class.
In 2007, he completed a forensic pathology fellowship in the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office and then became the associate medical examiner. His passion for teaching and education inspired him to co-author a book titled
The Forensic Autopsy for Lawyers. A recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Panella received the Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service, among many other awards. Upon graduating from Medical College of Pennsylvania he received the Dean’s Award, for a universally high level of accomplishment, professional maturity and outstanding potential. His fellow medical students were continually struggling to keep up with him since he was such a hard worker.
He was a fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the National Association of Medical Examiners, and a member of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. He was also a member of the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Allegheny County Bar Association.
His life was cut too short just when he was hitting his stride. Although he would humbly describe himself as just a “regular guy from New Castle,” he was in fact an outstanding Drexel alumnus whose passion for learning and for teaching helped inspire his classmates 25 years ago, as well as so many other students and professional colleagues along the way.
John J. Goodill, MD, HU '82
Dr. Goodill is the chief of Christiana Care’s Pain and Palliative Care Section. He started the Pain Management and Palliative Care Program in 2004 and leads an interdisciplinary team that provides consultations for hospital patients who are in the advanced stages of diseases such as cancer, renal failure, heart failure and dementia. The team also works with patients who have chronic critical illnesses or failure of several organ systems. Dr. Goodill joined Christiana Care in 1987 as an active staff member in the practice of pulmonary/critical care medicine. He has worked in private practice as a pulmonary medicine specialist since 1987. Initially in solo practice, he joined Pulmonary Associates in 2000 and that practice is now part of Christiana Care Health System.
Dr. Goodill is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and hospice and palliative care, and he is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Goodill is a clinical instructor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program at Christiana Care. Dr. Goodill also has been the chair of the Christiana Care Ethics Committee since 1996. His special interests include general internal medicine and teaching, public health, medical ethics, and obstructive airways diseases such as cystic fibrosis and asthma. He also is interested in holistic pain management and complementary/alternative therapies, with a particular focus on the interaction between the mind and body.
In addition to his clinical work, he is actively involved in the Medical Society of Delaware. He serves on the group’s board of directors and its Ethics Committee. He also chairs its Environmental and Public Health Committee.
J. Kenneth Brubaker, MD, HU '70
Dr. Brubaker, board certified in family medicine, is a member of the fellowship faculty of Lancaster General Health. He also currently serves as chief medical director of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging Office of Long-Term Living. Dr. Brubaker is a member of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) board of directors and in 2008 was voted AMDA’s “Medical Director of the Year.” Previously, he served as director of the Geriatric Fellowship Program at Lancaster General Hospital and director of Lancaster General Medical Group, Geriatric Division. He also served as medical director for Masonic Homes, Maple Farm, Conestoga View and Willow Valley Retirement Community.
In the early 1970s, he and two other physicians formed Norlanco Family Health Center in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania; this practice has been a model for the group family practice, and today has 14 physicians and several physician assistants. In 2000, Dr. Brubaker co-founded Geriatric Associates of Lancaster, a specialty practice dedicated to the care of older adults, and today this practice has 12 physicians and three nurse practitioners. In conjunction with this practice and Lancaster General Hospital, he established and directed a geriatric fellowship that continues to train physicians and expand the body of knowledge specific to the geriatric patient.
Dr. Brubaker has authored articles regarding the rights of long-term care residents and the quality of care of nursing home patients. He has presented lectures on numerous geriatric topics, such as pain management, insomnia, elder abuse, and inappropriate drug use in the elderly. A recipient of numerous awards, in 2013 in recognition of his many accomplishments, he received the Henry S. Wentz MD Award, given to a medical staff member of Lancaster General Health who has excelled in the area of medical education, teaching, patient care and service to the hospital and community.
Karl B. Kern, MD, HU '80
A respected researcher, educator, and clinician, Dr. Kern is professor of medicine, former chair of the Division of Cardiology, co-director of the Sarver Heart Center, and director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the University of Arizona. He also holds the Gordon A. Ewy MD Distinguished Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine.
His groundbreaking work has led to the concept of cardio-cerebral resuscitation (CCR), a novel approach to the resuscitation of hospital cardiac arrest patients. These changes in resuscitation techniques based on Dr. Kern’s research have yielded improved clinical outcomes. Medical associations in Asia and Europe are evaluating and actively revising guideline recommendations in the performance of cardiac resuscitation because of his research. Dr. Kern and his colleagues have also translated their laboratory research directly to patient care in their own community by holding citywide teaching seminars for both first responders and lay people in Tucson, Arizona. With all of his achievements, he continues to work in the laboratory innovating and designing protocols to refine techniques.
Despite his hectic schedule, he mentors medical students, graduate students, and house officers in his laboratory, and he has received numerous honors for excellence in teaching at the UA College of Medicine. He has said that he is most proud of being a part of the education and mentoring of future generations. He is viewed by trainees as a kind, sensitive and practical mentor who always encourages them to be their best in a constructive way. He was voted House Officer Educator of the Year and is on the Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching.
He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians; Clinical Cardiology Council; Cardiopulmonary, Perioperative, Critical Care Council of the American Heart Association; American College of Chest Physicians; American College of Cardiology; and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.
He has been a visiting professor on most continents and is frequently asked to speak about advances in CPR research. Dr. Kern has served in several American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology (ACC) leadership roles, including past chairman of the Emergency Cardiac Care Committee, chairman of the Cardiopulmonary, Perioperative, Critical Care and Resuscitation Council, and a past governor for Arizona for the ACC. Dr. Kern has been named one of the “Best Doctors in America” annually since 1996. He is an active cardiology interventionalist.
He has published more than 165 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and he has been awarded numerous American Heart Association grants, an AHA-Flinn Young Investigator award and two three-year awards from the Arizona Disease Control Research Commission in the area of basic CPR research. He has also been awarded the Educator of the Year numerous times by both internal medicine residents and cardiology fellows.
Michael G. Katze, PhD, HU '80
A leader in applying systems biology approaches to infectious disease research, Dr. Katze is professor of microbiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and associate director for molecular sciences and core staff scientist at the Washington National Primate Research Center. He leads a lab of over 35 scientists who are focused on using genomic, proteomic, and computational methods to define and model virus-host interactions and the mechanisms underlying viral pathogenesis. The lab studies numerous viral pathogens, including pandemic and avian influenza viruses, SARS and MERS coronaviruses, Ebola virus, and human and simian immunodeficiency viruses. Dr. Katze also spearheads efforts to expand genomic resources for nonhuman primate, ferret and Syrian hamster models of human diseases.
At the Washington National Primate Research Center, Dr. Katze heads the Division of Nonhuman Primate Systems Biology, which is focused on developing and using genomic and immunologic resources to enhance the use of nonhuman primates as models for human virus infection. He is also director of the Nonhuman Primate Core Functional Genomics Laboratory for AIDS Vaccine Research and Development, a national resource funded through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
He is an author of over 300 papers and reviews, the majority of which are related to the use of computational methods to study viral diseases. He has received the Milstein Award from the International Society of Interferon and Cytokine Research for his contributions to the interferon field, and the prestigious Dozor Scholar Award by the Israeli Microbiology Society.
Angelo C. Lepore, PhD '05
Dr. Lepore is an assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Farber Institute for Neurosciences at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. His research interests include traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), respiratory function and stem cell biology. His laboratory studies the role played by astrocyte dysfunction in the etiology of both SCI and ALS, and his work also focuses on developing therapies for these devastating diseases using strategies such as stem cell transplantation.
Prior to coming to Jefferson in 2011, Dr. Lepore completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the laboratories of Nicholas Maragakis and Jeffery Rothstein. He received his PhD from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2005, working in the laboratory of Itzhak Fischer in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy. While a PhD student, Dr. Lepore received the Amedeo Bondi Graduate Student Fellowship in 2005 for excellence in research, the Amedeo Bondi Award in 2006 for best graduating PhD thesis, and the Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Association Award in 2006. Dr. Lepore has received funding from a number of sources for his work, including the National Institutes of Health, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Margaret Q. Landenberger Foundation, Morton Cure Paralysis Fund and Paralyzed Veterans of America.