A group of masked women pose for a selfie at the Awards for Education Ceremony

Recipients of the Awards for Education

Note: The Awards for Education program will resume in 2025. The call for nominations will be emailed to faculty in January 2025. We appreciate your patience.

The Dean's Office is pleased to sponsor two awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to the educational mission: The Kaiser-Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Serge and Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award, which were established in 1991 and 2009 respectively.

2023 Awards for Education Reception

May 24, 2023, 4 - 6 p.m. 
Irma and Norman Switzer Plaza | Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)

Please save the date for the 2023 Awards for Education Reception, where we will honor the recipients of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Kaiser-Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award in Honor of Saleh Salehmoghaddam, MD. 

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Rachel P. Brook, MD, FACP - Medicine, UCLA
  • Amanda Kosack, MD, FAAP - Pediatrics, UCLA
  • Tyler B. Larsen, MD - Medicine, West Los Angeles VA
  • Ryan A. Pedigo, MD, MHPE - Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA
  • Wendy M. Simon, MD - Medicine, UCLA
  • Justin P. Wagner, MD - Surgery, UCLA

Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

  • Alan T. Chiem, MD, MPH - Emergency Medicine, Olive View-UCLA
  • Deborah Lehman, MD - Pediatrics, UCLA

Eligibility and Nominations

These are peer-reviewed awards that recognize the outstanding dedication, innovation, and sustained excellence in clinical and classroom teaching.

The awards honor exceptional educators at the David Geffen School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals who have made exceptional contributions to medical education. The awardees receive an honorarium and recognition at a special award ceremony and at graduation.

The Kaiser-Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching is focused on medical student education and designed for faculty who meet at least 3 of the following 4 criteria:

  • Carried an exceptional teaching load, including medical school teaching, with sustained excellence over the years
  • Created educational innovations 
  • Managed an educational component with skill, innovation, enthusiasm, and success
  • Played a key role in interdepartmental educational activities

The Serge and Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award's primary focus is clinical teaching of medical students and residents and is designed for faculty who meet at least 3 of the following 4 criteria:

  • Carried an exceptional clinical teaching load for students and/or residents
  • Sustained excellence as a clinical teacher, with at least 10 years on faculty at UCLA
  • Demonstrated evidence of a scholarly approach to clinical teaching and clinical work
  • Noted by peers for the value of his/her clinical teaching and clinical care

Award Recipients

View recipients by decade.

2023

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Rachel P. Brook, MD, FACP - Medicine, UCLA
  • Amanda Kosack, MD, FAAP - Pediatrics, UCLA
  • Tyler B. Larsen, MD - Medicine, West Los Angeles VA
  • Ryan A. Pedigo, MD, MHPE - Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA
  • Wendy M. Simon, MD - Medicine, UCLA
  • Justin P. Wagner, MD - Surgery, UCLA

Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

  • Alan T. Chiem, MD, MPH - Emergency Medicine, Olive View-UCLA
  • Deborah Lehman, MD - Pediatrics, UCLA

2022

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Yvette M. Bordelon, MD, PhD | Neurology (UCLA)
  • Formosa C. Chen, MD, MPH | Surgery (Olive View-UCLA)
  • Rebecca N. Dudovitz, MD, MSHS | Pediatrics (UCLA)
  • Sarah Gustafson, MD | Pediatrics (Harbor-UCLA)
  • Jason S. Lee, MD | Anesthesiology (UCLA)

Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

  • Timothy R. Donahue, MD, FACS | Surgery (UCLA/VA)
  • Gilberto Granados, MD, MPH | Family Medicine (Harbor-UCLA)

2021

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Brandon S. Ito, MD, MPH - Psychiatry & Biobehav. Sci. (UCLA)
  • James H. Lee, MD, FAAP - Pediatrics (UCLA)
  • Shonda L. Revels, MD, MS - Surgery (UCLA)
  • Misty C. Richards, MD, MS - Psychiatry & Biobehav. Sci. (UCLA)
  • Elizabeth Tsai, MD - Anesthesiology (Olive View)

Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

  • Carol J. Bennett, MD - Urology (UCLA/VA)
  • Edward W. Lee, MD, PhD - Radiology (UCLA)
  • Quinton Gopen, MD - Head & Neck Surgery (UCLA)
  • Wayne W. Grody, MD, PhD - Pathology & Lab. Med. (UCLA)

2020

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • James W. Bisley, PhD - Neurobiology/Psychology (UCLA)
  • Esteban C. Dell├»'Angelica, PhD - Human Genetics (UCLA)
  • Sharon L. Hame, MD - Orthopaedic Surgery (UCLA)
  • Yue Ming Huang, EdD, MHS - Anesthesiology (UCLA)
  • Warwick J. Peacock, MDSurgery (UCLA)

Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

  • Areti Tillou, MD, FACS, MSEd - Surgery (UCLA)
  • Benjamin K. Woo, MD - Psychiatry (Olive View) 

2019

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Peyman Benharash, MD - Surgery (UCLA)
  • Chandra N. Smart, MD - Pathology & Lab. Med. (UCLA)

Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

  • Christian de Virgilio, MD - Surgery (Harbor-UCLA)
  • Monica Sifuentes, MD - Pediatrics (Harbor-UCLA)
  • Tisha Wang, MD    Medicine (UCLA)

2018

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Christopher M. DeGiorgio, MD, FAAN - Neurology (UCLA)
  • Dennis Y. Kim, MD, FCCP - Surgery (Harbor-UCLA)
  • Jason P. Williams, MD - Medicine (UCLA)
  • Michael W. Yeh, MD, FACE - Surgery (UCLA)

Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

  •  Kathleen Brown, MD, FACR - Radiological Sciences (UCLA)
  • Michael E. Lazarus, MD, FACP - Medicine (UCLA)

2017

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Alan T. Chiem, MD, MPH - Emergency Medicine (Olive View)
  • Estebes Hernandez, MD - Medicine (UCLA)
  • Edward W. Lee, MD, PhD - Radiological Sciences (UCLA)
  • Benjamin K. Woo, MD - Psychiatry (Olive View)

Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

  •  John M. Stern, MA, MD - Neurology (UCLA)
  • Judi A. Turner, MD, PhD - Anesthesiology (UCLA)

2016

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Tomer Begaz, MD - Emergency Medicine (UCLA)
  • Arthur Cho, MD - Pediatrics (Cedars)
  • Magdalena Ptaszny, MD - Medicine (UCLA)

Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

  • Noel Boyle, MD, PhD - Medicine (UCLA)
  • Nader Kamangar, MD - Medicine (Olive View)
  • Robert Suh, MD - Radiological Sciences (UCLA)

2015

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Jonathan Bergman, MD, MPH  - Urology & Family Medicine
  • M. Elena Stark, Md, PhD - Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Iljie K. Fitzgerald, MD, MS - Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences

Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

  • Barbara M. Kadell, MD, FACR - Radiological Sciences
  • Lorraine C. Young, MD, ABD - Medicine/Dermatology

2014

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Jeffrey M. Rusheen, MD - Anesthesiology
  • Neil H. Parker, MD - Internal Medicine
  • Lynn K. Gordon, MD, PhD - Ophthalmology
  • David C. Chen, MD - Surgery

Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

  • Gasser M. Hathout, MD - Radiology
  • Christophter M. Tarnay, MD - Ob/Gyn

2013

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Henry M. Honda, MD - Medicine (UCLA)
  • Lacey Wyatt, MD, MPH - Family Medicine (UCLA)
  • Isaac Yang, MD - Neurosurgery (UCLA)
  • Edward Ha, MD - Medicine (UCLA)
  • Gary N. Holland, MD - Ophthalmology (UCLA)
  • Deborah Lehman, MD - Pediatrics (Cedars-Sinai)
  • Thomas O'Dell, PhD - Physiology (UCLA)

Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

  • Mallory D. Witt, MD - Medicine (Harbor-UCLA)
  • Thomas J. Mattimore, MD - Medicine (UCLA)
  • Carol Berkowitz, MD, FAAP, FACEP - Pediatrics (Harbor-UCLA) 

2012

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Jason D. Napolitano, MD - Medicine (UCLA)
  • Anita L. Nelson, MD - Ob/Gyn (Harbor/UCLA)
  • Nader Kamangar, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM - Medicine (Olive View)
  • Carol M. Newton, MD, PhD - Biomathematics (UCLA)
  • Risa M. Hoffman, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine (UCLA)
  • Areti Tillou, MD - Surgery (UCLA)

Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

  •  Soma Wali, MD, FACP  - Internal Medicine (Olive View)
  • Thomas Graham, MD - Emergency Medicine (UCLA)

2011

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Lee Todd Miller, MD - Pediatrics (UCLA)
  • Neveen S. El-Farra, MD - Medicine (UCLA)
  • Eryn Ujita Lee, PhD - Biological Chemistry (UCLA)
  • Ken P. Roos, PhD - Physiology (UCLA)
  • Waguih William IsHak, MD - Psychiatry (Cedars-Sinai)
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Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

  • David Nelsen Alexander, MD  -  Neurology (UCLA)
  • Robin Farias-Eisner, MD, PhD - Ob/Gyn (UCLA) 

2010

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Kathleen Brown, MD - Radiology
  • Christopher Michael DeGiorgio, MD - Neurology
  • Nancy L. Wayne, PhD - Physiology
  • Denise K.C. Sur, MD - Family Medicine
  • Alan Wilkinson, MD, FRCP - Medicine

Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

  •  Barbara S. Giesser, MD - Neurology Howard A. Reber, MD - Surgery
  • Michael J. Gitlin, MD - Psychiatry

2009

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Michael J. Sopher, MD - Anesthesiology (CHS)
  • Quynh Pham, MD - Medicine, Physical Medicine/ Rehab (VA-GLA)
  • Lynne Marie Smith, MD - Pediatrics (Harbor/UCLA)
  • Carl D. Stevens, M.D - Medicine, Emergency Medicine (Harbor/UCLA)
  • Christopher B. Cooper, MD - Medicine (CHS)
  • William P. Melega, PhD - Molecular/Medical Pharmacology (CHS)

Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

  • James W. Davis, Jr., MD - Medicine (CHS)
  • Darryl Y. Sue, MD - Medicine (Harbor/UCLA)

2008

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Jane E. L. Weinreb, MD - Medicine (VA-GLA)
  • Robert Pechnick, PhD - Psychiatry (Cedars)
  • Gabriel Danovitch, MD - Medicine (CHS)
  • Andrea J. Rapkin, MD - Obstetrics/Gynecology (CHS)
  • Neil S. Wenger, MD - Medicine (CHS)
  • O. Joe Hines, MD - Surgery (CHS)

2007

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • John A. Belperio, MD - Medicine (CHS)
  • Joshua I. Goldhaber, MD - Medicine (CHS)
  • Michael E. Lazarus, MD - Medicine (CHS)
  • Michael I. Lewis, MD - Medicine (Cedars)
  • Eric A. Savitsky, MD - Emergency Medicine (CHS)
  • Alice A. Kuo, MD, PhD, MEd - Pediatrics (CHS) 

2006

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Margaret L. Stuber, MD - Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences (CHS)
  • Ronald A. Edelstein, EdD - Dean's Office (Drew)
  • Janet P. Pregler, MD - Medicine (CHS)
  • Jonathan R. Hiatt, MD - Surgery (CHS)
  • Robert K. Oye, MD - Medicine (CHS)
  • Matthew R. Leibowitz, MD - Medicine (CHS)

2005

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Bruce A. Ferrell, MD - Medicine (CHS)
  • Stanley G. Korenman, MD - Medicine (CHS)
  • LuAnn Wilkerson, EdD
  • Sally J. Krasne, PhD - Physiology (CHS)
  • Alistair J. Cochran, MD - Pathology & Laboratory Medicine (CHS)
  • Ashley K. Christiani, MD - Family Medicine (CHS)
  • Gregory A. Brent, MD - Medicine (WLAVA)

Merrill Flair Award

  • LuAnn Wilkerson, EdD

2004

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Wendy C. Coates, MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine (Harbor)
  • Christian de Virgilio, MD, FACS - Surgery (Harbor)
  • Lorraine Williams-Smith, MD, MPH, FACS -
  • Otolaryngology (Drew) Bojan Cercek, MD, PhD - Medicine (Cedars)
  • Soma Wali, MD, FACP - Internal Medicine (Olive-View)
  • John McD. Tormey, MD - Physiology (CHS)
  • Shaleen Metten, PhD - Pathology & Laboratory Medicine (CHS)

2003

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Baxter Larmon, PhD, MICP - Emergency Medicine (CHS)
  • Jonathan S. Berek, MD - Obstetrics & Gynecology (CHS)
  • Jan H. Tillisch, MD - Medicine - Cardiology (CHS)
  • Harry V. Vinters, MD, CRCPc), FCAP - Pathology & Laboratory Medicine (CHS)

2002

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Daphne P. Calmes, MD - Pediatrics (Drew)
  • Theodore R. Hall, MD - Radiology (CHS)
  • Bruce A. Chernof, MD, FACP - Medicine (Health Net)
  • Jimmy H. Hara, MD, FAAF - Family Medicine (Kaiser-LA)
  • Neil H. Parker, MD - Dean's Office/Internal Medicine (CHS)
  • William J. Dignam, MD - Obstetrics-Gynecology (CHS)

2001

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Roger A. Gorski, PhD - Neurobiology (CHS)
  • Shobita Rajagopalan, MD, FACP - Medicine/Hematology - Oncology (CHS)
  • Gary J. Schiller, MD - Medicine (Health Net)
  • Lloyd J. Brown, MD - Pediatrics (Cedars)
  • Joshua I. Goldhaber, MD - Medicine (CHS)

2000

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Theodore Q. Miller, MD - Radiology (Drew)
  • Carolyn R. Houser, PhD - Neurobiology (CHS)
  • Linda G. Baum, MD, PhD - Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (CHS)
  • Eric S. Daar, MD - Medicine (Cedars)
  • Freny V. Mody, MD - Medicine (WLAVA)
  • Arthur G. Gomez, MD - Medicine (SFMP)

1999

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Theodore Q. Miller, MD - Biological Chemistry (CHS)
  • Hugh A. Gelabert, MD - Surgery (CHS)
  • Theodore R. Brooks, MD - Family Medicine (Drew)
  • Randolph H. Steadman, MD - Anesthesiology (CHS)

1998

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Ronald K. Tompkins, MD - Surgery (CHS)
  • Robert B. Trelease, PhD - Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (CHS)
  • LuAnn Wilkerson, EdD - Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education (CHS)
  • Margaret L. Stuber, MD - Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences (CHS)
  • Lewis A. Hamilton, MD - Obstetrics/Gynecology (Drew)
  • Karlon H. Johnson, MD - Family Medicine (Drew)

1997

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • LuAnn Wilkerson, EdD - Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education (CHS) Presenter
  • Monica Sifuentes, MD - Pediatrics (Harbor)
  • Susan Stangl, MD, MSEd - Family Medicine (CHS)
  • Mary Ann Baker, PhD - Anatomy (UCR/UCLA Biomedical Program)
  • Thomas A. Drake, MD - Pathology and Lab Medicine (CHS)
  • Mark S. Litwin, MD, MPH. - Urology (CHS)

1996

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Carmine Clemente, PhD - Neurobiology (CHS)
  • Judith Delafield, PhD, MD - Medicine (WLAVA)
  • Kate Perkins, MD, PhD - Pediatrics (Cedars)
  • Martin Pops, MD - Medicine (CHS)
  • Richard Usatine, MD - Family Medicine (CHS)
  • Michael Zucker, MD - Radiology (CHS)

1995

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Peter V. Barrett, MD - Medicine (St. Mary's)
  • Howard A. Bessen, MD - Emergency Medicine (Harbor)
  • Thomas Peter, MD - Medicine (Cedars)
  • Stuart J. Slavin, MD, MEd - Pediatrics (CHS)
  • Michael S. Wilkes, MD, PhD - Medicine (CHS)

1994

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Dennis Cope, MD - Medicine (Sepulveda VA)
  • Ronald Koretz, MD - Medicine (Olive View)
  • Faramarz Naeim, MD - Pathology (CHS)
  • Mark Noah, MD - Medicine (Cedars)
  • J. Thomas Ungerleider, MD - Psychiatry (NPI)

1993

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Anthony M. Adinolfi, PhD - Anatomy (CHS)
  • Carol D. Berkowitz, MD - Pediatrics (Harbor)
  • A. Gray Ellrodt, MD - Medicine (Cedars)
  • John M. Graham, Jr., MD, ScD - Pediatrics (Cedars)
  • Louis J. Ignarro, PhD - Pharmacology (CHS)
  • Adrian J. Williams, MD - Medicine (WLAWVA)

1992

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Robert H. Coombs, PhD - Psychiatry (CHS)
  • Steven A. Hayashi, MD - Medicine (WLAWVA)
  • Jerome R. Hoffman, MD - Medicine (CHS)
  • Lawrence S. Maldonado, MD - Medicine (Cedars)
  • Ronald H. Stevens, PhD - Microbiology & Immunology (CHS)
  • John McD. Tormey, MD - Physiology (CHS)

1991

Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Education

  • Phyllis Guze, MD - Medicine (WLAWVA)
  • James Miller, PhD - Microbiology & Immunology (CHS)
  • Lee Todd Miller, MD - Pediatrics (Cedars)
  • Donald Paglia, MD - Pathology (CHS) Leonard Rome, PhD -
  • Biochemistry (CHS) Prediman K. Shah, MD - Medicine (Cedars)

Contact Information

Christina Kim
Assistant to the Executive Vice Dean and Vice Dean for Education
David Geffen School of Medicine
Email: ckkim@mednet.ucla.edu