Accolades

Honor Roll – Fall 2017

Dr. Ivo Kalajzic was one of four awardees to receive a Supplements to Advance Research (STAR) award for 2017 from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.


Reinhard Laubenbacher, Ph.D., was named an inaugural Fellow of the Society for Mathematical Biology.


Ephraim Trakhtenberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of neuroscience, won an Interstellar Initiative honor from the New York Academy of Sciences and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development.


Dr. Anthony G. Alessi has been inducted into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame for his work to make the sport safer. He is the first neurologist to receive the honor.


A study of a surgical technique to restore shoulder joint stability known as the “J-bone graft” conducted at UConn Health under Dr. Leo Pauzenberger, a former sports medicine research fellow at UConn, with Dr. Augustus D. Mazzocca received a biannual Medi Award from the Society for Arthroscopy and Joint Surgery.

Honor Roll – Summer 2017

Radenka Maric, Ph.D., was named UConn’s vice president for research effective July 1, 2017. Maric was previously the CT Clean Energy Fund Professor of Sustainable Energy in the UConn School of Engineering.


Dr. Anthony G. Alessi received the 2017 President’s Award at the American Academy of Neurology’s 69th annual meeting, held this April in Boston.


UConn Health’s Board of Directors named Howard Tennen, Ph.D., the 2017 winner of its Faculty Recognition Award.


UConn Health had 34 physicians named to Connecticut Magazine’s 2017 “Top Docs” list.


Dr. Jane Grant-Kels was elected vice president-elect of the American Academy of Dermatology.


Dr. R. Lamont “Monty” MacNeil, dean of the UConn School of Dental Medicine, was appointed to a one-year term as chair-elect of the American Dental Education Association’s board of directors in March.


Dr. Augustus D. Mazzocca will receive the Arthritis Foundation’s Champion of Yes Prestigious Excellence in Medicine Award for 2017.


Kyle M. Baumbauer, Ph.D., has received the 2017 Award in Pain from the Rita Allen Foundation and the American Pain Society for his research on pain after spinal cord injury.


Dr. Linda K. Barry was named one of Savoy magazine’s Top Black Doctors for 2017.


UConn medical student Laura Hatchman and her faculty mentor Lisa Barry, Ph.D., received the Biomarkers and Frailty Best Paper Award at the American Geriatrics Society annual meeting held in May.


UConn John Dempsey Hospital was recognized with a Gold Plus rating, the highest for heart failure patient care by the American Heart Association. In addition, the hospital was added to the AHA’s Heart Failure Honor Roll for 2017.

Honor Roll – Spring 2017

Lakshmi S. Nair, M.Phil., Ph.D. has been elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.


UConn School of Dental Medicine has been awarded by Special Olympics Connecticut a 2016 Golisano Health Leadership Award of the Special Olympics and its major supporter, The Golisano Foundation.


Dr. Marja Hurley has been appointed a member of the Special Programs Committee of The Endocrine Society for a three-year term.


Four UConn professors, including UConn Health Emeritus Professor of Dental Medicine Dr. Arthur Hand, have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


UConn John Dempsey Hospital is the only academic medical center in the state to receive an ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group, the premier nonprofit hospital safety advocate in the nation, for fall 2016.


Dr. Stormy Chamberlain has been named the new Scientific Advisory Committee Chair for the Angelman Syndrome Foundation.


Dr. Johnny Wu has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.


Laurinda Jaffe, Ph.D., will receive the 2017 Pioneer in Reproduction Research Leadership Award from the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Frontiers in Reproduction Program.


Dr. Bruce E. Gould has been selected by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages.


UConn researcher Jianjun Sun received a $100,000 Grand Challenge Explorations Phase I award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to pursue an approach to contraceptives without extreme side effects.

Honor Roll – Fall 2016

Dr. Montgomery Douglas has been elected an officer of the American Board of Family Medicine for a one-year term.


Dr. Marja Hurley received the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 2016 Lawrence G. Raisz Award, in recognition of outstanding achievements in preclinical and translational research.


The Outpatient Pavilion at UConn Health’s Farmington campus, which opened in 2015, was named the best in ‘New Construction’ in the state by The Connecticut Building Congress (CBC). The honor was for exemplifying construction excellence and best practices in teamwork by project owners, architects, engineers, constructors, and trades.


Dr. Cheryl Oncken has been appointed Chair of UConn Health’s Department of Medicine. Oncken, an internationally known tobacco researcher who joined UConn’s faculty in 1994, brings to the position considerable administrative experience as the program director of the Lowell P. Weicker Clinical Research Center and director of Cancer Prevention and Control at the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Honor Roll – Summer 2016

UConn Health had 30 physicians represented in Connecticut Magazine’s annual survey of top doctors in Connecticut.


Dr. Peter C. Albertsen received the 2016 Eugene Fuller Triennial Prostate Award from the American Urological Association (AUA) for his contributions to the understanding of prostate cancer, most notably in epidemiology and statistical analysis.


Dr. Bruce Gould was named medical director of the Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPI) of The Community Health Center Association of Connecticut, Inc. (CHCACT).


Dr. Ernesto Canalis was appointed Chair of the Skeletal Biology Development and Disease (SBDD) study section by the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health.


Marc Lalande, Ph.D., founding chair of the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences, is this year’s recipient of the Board of Directors Faculty Recognition Award,
honoring outstanding contributions to research, teaching, and mentoring


Dr. Suzanne Rose was awarded the American Gastro-enterological Association’s 2016 AGA Distinguished Educator Award.


UConn School of Dental Medicine has received national reaccreditation by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Honor Roll – Spring 2016

UConn John Dempsey Hospital earned an ‘A’ in patient safety for fall 2015 from premier nonprofit hospital safety advocate The Leapfrog Group.


Dr. Robert L. Trestman is a co-recipient of the 2016 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) for his outstanding contributions to the literature of forensic psychiatry.


Dr. Pamela Moore was named Best Doctor in the Willimantic Chronicle’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards.


The UConn School of Dental Medicine was named winner of the 2016 William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Academic Dental Institution.


Reinhard C. Laubenbacher, Ph.D., of UConn Health and The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) for Genomic Medicine has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and co-editor of the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology.


Dr. Bruce Strober and Dr. Jane Grant-Kels were honored with Presidential Citations by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 3.

Honor Roll – Winter 2015

For the second consecutive year, UConn Health has received a Gold Award from Get With The Guidelines, an American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association initiative that recognizes hospitals for providing exceptional care to heart-attack victims according to evidence-based guidelines.


UConn Health psychiatrist Dr. Kristina Zdanys was voted onto the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council for the Connecticut Alzheimers Association in June. She will join colleagues Rick Fortinsky and Dr. Lavern Wright, who also sit on the council.


Hartford Magazine’s 2015 list of Best Doctors in Connecticut includes 53 UConn Health faculty members. See the list of cited UConn docs at UConn Today.