SIU Faculty and Student Receive Humanism, Teaching Awards


June 4, 2014

SIU Faculty and Student Receive Humanism, Teaching Awards

Several honors have been announced at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield as part of its 2014 commencement.

A faculty member and graduating senior were named recipients of the 2014 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented during commencement ceremonies May 17. Dr. Jarrod Wall, assistant professor of surgery, and Dr. Daniel Sadowski, a 2014 graduate of SIU School of Medicine from LaSalle, were recognized as individuals who demonstrate compassion, respect for patients and families, and clinical excellence. The award is sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

A student who nominated Wall for the award said, “While on my surgery rotation, I got to spend a great deal of time learning from Dr. Wall. The biggest thing I took away from this experience besides the medical knowledge, was how to treat patients and their families as Dr. Wall does. He truly radiates compassion and sincerity when he interacts with patients. I never witnessed him going through the motions or simply focusing on the medical aspects of one’s health. Dr. Wall whole-heartedly gives his time and self to his patients, truly treating the person’s physical, mental and emotional health.”

“For me, Dr. Wall really ‘gets it.’ After completing all of my third-year clerkships, I can confidently say that Dr. Wall is a physician I hope to be like someday.”

Dr. Jarrod Wall, Ph.D., joined the SIU faculty in 2008. He completed a surgical critical care and trauma fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. (2008) and a surgery residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. (2007). He received his medical degree at the University of Dublin, Trinity College in Ireland (2002). He earned a doctoral degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia (1997, 1993). He is board certified in general surgery.

Sadowski’s nominator said, “Throughout medical school, Dan has been the consummate medical student, excelling in endeavors in the classroom, the clinic and the community. His enthusiasm motivates those around him to push harder, learn more and become better physicians. His compassion for the patient and fellow man is displayed in all that he does.”

The nominators highlighted Sadowski’s involvement in various community service activities. He led the SIU student effort for the Springfield Collaborative for Active Child Health, which works to address the problems of childhood overweight and obesity. He implemented a new physical activity program, “Active K” for kindergarten students at nearby Enos Elementary School, and helped to coordinate the student-run community health clinics for homeless and underserved residents.

Earlier in May, Sadowski received the 2014 Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee. The award was presented to 52 U.S. medical students who demonstrated a commitment to public health and public health service.

Sadowski is the son of John and Victoria Sadowski of LaSalle, and is married to Kristie (Carlson) Sadowski. He will begin a residency in urology at SIU School of Medicine in July. He is a graduate of LaSalle Peru Township High School (2004), Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology (2008), and University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway, where he earned a Master of Public Health (2010).

The Class of 2014 also selected Wall as the recipient of the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching.

The class honored Ron Browning, Ph.D., professor of physiology and pharmacology, as the Teacher of the Year for his efforts during their first year of instruction on SIU’s downstate campus.

The graduates also honored two faculty members with roles during the commencement ceremony held May 17. Dr. John Mellinger, professor and chair of the division of general surgery and the J. Roland Folse, M.D., Endowed Chair of surgery, read the Hippocratic Oath. Dr. Tracy Lower, professor of pediatrics, hooded the graduates.

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