School of Medicine News Wrap-Up – Summer 2015

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Recent Staff and Faculty Additions in the SOM

The UC Riverside School of Medicine continues to grow, especially in the clinical enterprise and clinical education areas of the school. Several clinical faculty members joined the SOM in the departments of neuroscience, obstetrics and gynecology and family medicine. The Center for Healthy Communities also welcomed new faculty members into their dynamic team.

New staff members have also joined the SOM, many of whom are directly supporting various aspects of the clinical enterprise.

Recent Academic Appointments

  • Brian Byrne, Assistant Clinical Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Shellee Lazar, Assistant Clinical Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Shunling Tsang, Assistant Clinical Professor, Family Medicine
  • Maisara Rahman, Assistant Clinical Professor, Family Medicine
  • Ann Cheney, Assistant Professor in Residence, Center for Healthy Communities
  • Brandon Brown, Assistant Professor, Center for Healthy Communities
  • Monica Teresa Gordon, Assistant Clinical Professor, Neuroscience
  • Joseph Liu, Assistant Clinical Professor, Neuroscience
  • Jianpeng Wang, Assistant Clinical Professor, Neuroscience
  • Sonia Afroz, Postgraduate Research Scientist
  • Jaspreet Kaur, Postgraduate Research Scientist
  • Vi Nguyen, Junior Specialist

Recent Staff Additions

  • Paul Hackman, Director, Clinical Compliance and Privacy
  • Lourdes Magana, Medical Assistant, Surgery Scheduler
  • Amerizza Arellano, Medical Assistant
  • Dolores Ruiz, Medical Assistant
  • Alex White, Patient Care Coordinator
  • Blanca Lopez, Patient Care Coordinator
  • Asmita Mishrekar, Staff Assistant, Health Professions Advising Center
  • Daniel Delperdang, Mailroom Supervisor
  • Maham Rais, Staff Research Associate
  • Stephanie Dreikorn, Research Assistant
  • Quynh Dang, Hospitalist
  • Che Moua, Analyst, Clinical Affairs
  • Christopher Sweeten, Director, Student Affairs
  • Erin Murphy, Project Coordinator, Center for Healthy Communities\
  • Tom Oliver, Project Coordinator, Biomedical Sciences
  • Muhammed Siddiqui, Programmer Analyst, Finance and Administration

Several SOM Faculty Recognized at Chancellor’s Annual Event

Dr. John Luo

Dr. John Luo

Several SOM faculty were celebrated recently at the chancellor’s annual Faculty Recognition event to commemorate prestigious honors awarded to UCR faculty in the previous year. The following SOM faculty were recognized:

  • John Luo, M.D., was named president of the Association of Academic Psychiatry
  • Gerald Maguire, M.D., was appointed as vice chair of the International Stuttering Association
  • Declan McCole, Ph.D., was selected as chair of the American Physiological Society Gastrointestinal Section
  • Ilhem Messaoudi, Ph.D., was awarded the Dolph O. Adams Award from the Society for Leukocyte Biology
  • Paul Quinton, Ph.D., was awarded the American Thoracic Society’s Distinguished Achievement Award
  • Abel Torres, M.D., became president-elect for the American Academy of Dermatology

SOM Staff Chosen for Awards at Annual Outstanding Staff Recognition

From left, Kathy Barton, Dean Richard Olds, Tracey Trettin, Amber Newell Nicholson and Lily Ramos. Photo by Ross French

From left, Kathy Barton, Dean Richard Olds, Tracey Trettin, Amber Newell Nicholson and Lily Ramos. Photo by Ross French

Three SOM staff members were selected as final nominees for the annual Outstanding Staff Awards from UCR Staff Assembly. Each year the UCR community is asked to nominate outstanding staff members for awards in several categories including community service, diversity, volunteer service, accountability, integrity and other areas of excellence.

Out of sixteen total finalist nominees, three were SOM staff. Amber Newell Nicholson in SOM Student Affairs and Kathy Barton in the SOM Dean’s Office were finalists for the Professional Staff Who Make a Difference Award, Lily Ramos was a finalist for the Tartan Soul Award, and Tracey Trettin in the SOM Dean’s Office was a finalist for the Commitment to Diversity Award. Barton, Ramos, and Trettin were both chosen for awards in their respective categories. A celebration reception and award presentation was held at the chancellor’s residence for all nominees and awardees.

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