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"" As of July 1st, 2015, Kathleen Bottum, MD, PhD; Zachariah Gurnsey, MD; Rajagopal Sreedhar, MD; and Vidya Sundareshan, MD will be promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine.

""Martha Hlafka, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation." Susan Hingle, MD, Professor of Medicine was chosen by the graduates to place their hood on them. Gary Rull, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, was chosen by the graduates to receive the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

""Omar Vargas, MD, has been named to the first Collaborative Learning Community of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine's Clinical Competency Committee. He is one of fifteen participants selected from across the United States.

""Gary Rull, MD, has been appointed to the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) 2015 USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge Interdisciplinary Review Committee.

""The Endocrine Society has named Andrzej Bartke, PhD, the 2015 Fred Conrad Koch Lifetime Achievement Award winner. The Award recognizes his “seminal contributions to our understanding of a number of areas including male and female reproduction, prolactin, growth hormone, metabolism and, more recently the hormonal control of aging.”

""Andrew Varney, MD, has been selected by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to serve as the Chair of the national Educational Innovation Project (EIP) for 2015-2016.

""Robert Robinson, MD and Omar Vargas, MD, have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Internal Medicine.

""Zachariah Gurnsey, MD, a hospitalist in General Internal Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, has been approved as a Fellow in the Society of Hospital Medicine.  Dr. Gurnsey is a 2006 graduate of SIU School of Medicine and a 2009 graduate of SIU's Internal Medicine residency training program.  He joined the faculty in July of 2009.

""Trinadha Pilla, MD (Med/Psych PGY 5) and his wife, Malathi Pilla, MD, (Psych PGY 2) have been awarded the American Psychiatric Association/Lilly Resident Research Award.  The award will be presented at the Convocation of Fellows program during the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting on Monday, May 5, 2014 in New York, NY.

""Andrzej Bartke, Ph.D., Internal Medicine, received the 2013 Robert W. Kleemeier Award from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). This honor is given annually to a GSA member in recognition for outstanding research in the field of gerontology. It was established in 1965 in memory of Robert W. Kleemeier, Ph.D., a former president of the Society. The award was presented on November 21 at GSA's 66th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans.Dr. Bartke is professor emeritus and distinguished scholar at SIU SOM, where he directs the laboratory on aging and longevity research.

 ""Staff from the Department of Internal Medicine joined Dr. David Steward and Dean Kevin Dorsey, M.D., Ph.D., at the unveiling of the new David E. Steward, M.D., M.P.H. Conference Room on December 2. Dr. Steward was chair of the department from 1996-2013. He is now associate dean for community health and service. The D443 conference room in Memorial Medical Center was renovated through the generous gifts of Robert L. Gordon, M.D., and the family and friends of James M. Deckard. Improvements include new carpet, furniture, wall decor, a podium and a Sharp Aquos Board with interactive display.