Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award

The Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award honors program directors who find innovative ways to teach residents and to provide quality health care while remaining connected to the initial impulse to care for others in this environment. Parker J. Palmer’s book The Courage to Teach promotes the concept of "living divided no more," which has proven relevant to teaching in academic health centers.

2021 Award Recipients
Ann C. Schwartz MD
Ann C. Schwartz, MD

Psychiatry
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Daniel I. Steinberg MD SFHM FACP
Daniel I. Steinberg, MD, SFHM, FACP

Internal Medicine
Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York

David A. Wininger MD FACP
David A. Wininger, MD, FACP

Internal Medicine
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus; Ohio

David K. Barnes MD FACEP
David K. Barnes, MD, FACEP

Emergency Medicine
University of California Davis Health
Sacramento, California

Joanne Valeriano-Marcet MD
Joanne Valeriano-Marcet, MD

Rheumatology
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, Florida

John F. McConville MD
John F. McConville, MD

Internal Medicine
The University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Julie B. McCausland MD MS FACEP
Julie B. McCausland, MD, MS, FACEP

Transitional Year
UPMC Medical Education
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Stacey Quintero Wolfe MD FAANS
Stacey Quintero Wolfe, MD, FAANS

Neurological Surgery
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Steven R. Brown MD FAAFP
Steven R. Brown, MD, FAAFP

Family Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix Family Medicine Residency
Phoenix, Arizona

Wilma F. Bergfeld MD
Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD

Dermatopathology
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

2020 Award Recipients
Robyn J. Blair MD FAAP
Robyn J. Blair, MD, FAAP

Pediatrics
Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York

Preston Howard Blomquist MD
Preston Howard Blomquist, MD

Ophthalmology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Keith A. Delman MD FACS
Keith A. Delman, MD, FACS

Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Fiona E. Gallahue MD FACEP
Fiona E. Gallahue, MD, FACEP

Emergency Medicine
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Donald L. Gilbert MD MS
Donald L. Gilbert, MD, MS

Pediatric Neurology
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

Gabriella G. Gosman MD
Gabriella G. Gosman, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology
UPMC Medical Education
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Suzanne McLaughlin MD MSc
Suzanne McLaughlin, MD, MSc

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

Abby L. Spencer MD MS FACP
Abby L. Spencer, MD, MS, FACP

Internal Medicine
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Lisa L. Willett MD MACM
Lisa L. Willett, MD, MACM

Internal Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama

Edwin L. Zalneraitis MD
Edwin L. Zalneraitis, MD

Pediatrics
University of Connecticut School of Medicine Connecticut Children’s
Hartford, Connecticut

2019 Award Recipients
David Della-Giustina MD FACEP
David Della-Giustina, MD, FACEP
Program Director for Emergency Medicine
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut
Sima Desai MD
Sima Desai, MD
Program Director for Internal Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon
Douglas Fredrick MD
Douglas Fredrick, MD
Program Director for Ophthalmology
Stanford Health Care
Palo Alto, California
Lyell K. Jones Jr. MD
Lyell K. Jones, Jr., MD
Program Director for Neurology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota
Sandra A. Moutsios MD
Sandra A. Moutsios, MD
Program Director for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee
Brett W. Robbins MD
Brett W. Robbins, MD
Program Director for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
University of Rochester
Rochester, New York
Bradford G. Scott MD
Bradford G. Scott, MD
Program Director for Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
Douglas S. Smink MD MPH
Douglas S. Smink, MD, MPH
Program Director Surgery
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
Cindy Wigg MD
Cindy Wigg, MD
Program Director Psychiatry
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas
2018 Award Recipients
Saadia Akhtar MD
Saadia Akhtar, MD
Program Director for Emergency Medicine
Mount Sinai Beth Israel/Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York
John Del Valle MD AGAF FACP
John Del Valle, MD, AGAF, FACP
Program Director for Internal Medicine
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Benjamin Doolittle MD MDiv
Benjamin Doolittle, MD, MDiv
Program Director for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Yale University
Kensington, Connecticut
Kimberly D. Manning MD
Kimberly D. Manning, MD
Program Director for Transitional Year
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia
Vishad Nabili MD
Vishad Nabili, MD
Program Director for Otolaryngology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California
Christopher Nagy MD
Christopher Nagy, MD
Program Director for Anesthesiology
San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium
Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Jerry Rushton MD MPH
Jerry Rushton, MD, MPH
Program Director for Pediatrics
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana
Jamshid Shirani MD
Jamshid Shirani, MD
Program Director for Cardiovascular Diseases
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Suzanne K. Woods MD
Suzanne K. Woods, MD
Program Director for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Duke University Hospital
Durham, North Carolina
2017 Award Recipients
Melvin S. Blanchard MD FACP
Melvin S. Blanchard, MD, FACP
Program Director for Internal Medicine
Barnes Jewish Hospital/
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO
Steven H. Bowman MD FACEP
Steven H. Bowman, MD, FACEP
Program Director for Emergency Medicine
Cook County Health and Hospital System
Chicago, IL
Susie Buchter MD
Susie Buchter, MD
Program Director for Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA
Sharhabeel M. Jwayyed MD MS FACEP FAAEM
Sharhabeel M. Jwayyed, MD, MS, FACEP, FAAEM
Program Director for Emergency Medicine
Summa Health
Akron, OH
Adam I. Levine MD
Adam I. Levine, MD
Program Director for Anesthesiology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY
Vu Q.C. Nguyen MD MBA
Vu Q.C. Nguyen, MD, MBA
Program Director for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Carolinas Medical Center/Carolinas Rehabilitation
Charlotte, NC
Jill A. Patton DO
Jill A. Patton, DO
Program Director for Internal Medicine
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Park Ridge, IL
Richard J. Pels MD
Richard J. Pels, MD
Program Director for Internal Medicine
Cambridge Health Alliance
Cambridge, MA
Vicki Shanker MD
Vicki Shanker, MD
Program Director for Neurology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Downtown
New York, NYA
William T. Shimeall MD MPH FACP
William T. Shimeall, MD, MPH, FACP
Program Director for Internal Medicine
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center/National Capital Consortium
Bethesda, MD
2016 Award Recipients
Jeffrey S. Berger MD MBA
Jeffrey S. Berger, MD, MBA
Program Director for Anesthesiology
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Washington, DC
Alexander M. Djuricich MD
Alexander M. Djuricich, MD
Program Director for Internal Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN
Michael L. Epter DO FAAEM
Michael L. Epter, DO, FAAEM
Program Director for Emergency Medicine
Maricopa Medical Center
Scottsdale, AZ
Jay B. Hollander MD
Jay B. Hollander, MD
Program Director for Urology
Beaumont Health – Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Jaffar Khan MD FAAN
Jaffar Khan, MD, FAAN
Program Director for Neurology
Emory University School of Medicine
Lawrenceville, GA
Eileen J. Klein MD MPH
Eileen J. Klein, MD, MPH
Program Director for Pediatric Emergency Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA
Michael F. OConnor MD FCCM
Michael F. O’Connor, MD, FCCM
Program Director for Anesthesia and Critical Care
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Phillip N. Rauk MD
Phillip N. Rauk, MD
Program Director for Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, MN
Eric J. Warm MD FACP
Eric J. Warm, MD, FACP
Program Director for Internal Medicine
University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH
Curtis Whitehair MD FAAPMR
Curtis Whitehair, MD, FAAPMR
Program Director for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital & Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, DC
2015 Award Recipients
Anthony C. Arnold MD
Anthony C. Arnold, MD
Program Director for Ophthalmology
Stein Eye Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA
Bashar M. Attar MD PhD
Bashar M. Attar, MD, PhD
Program Director for Gastroenterology
Cook County Health and Hospitals System
Chicago, IL
Samuel H. Borden MD
Samuel H. Borden, MD
Program Director for Medicine-Pediatrics
Baystate Medical Center
Springfield, MA
Kalli J. Doyle MD
Kalli J. Doyle, MD
Program Director for Pediatrics
Beaumont Health System; Oakland University William Beaumont
School of Medicine
Royal Oak, MI
Karl C. Golnik MD MEd
Karl C. Golnik, MD, MEd
Program Director for Ophthalmology
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH
E. Ann Gormley MD
E. Ann Gormley, MD
Program Director for Urology
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH
Kevin M. Means MD
Kevin M. Means, MD
Program Director for Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR
LTC Matthew W. Short MD FAAFP
LTC Matthew W. Short, MD, FAAFP
Program Director for Transitional Year
Madigan Healthcare System
Puyallup, WA
Christopher K. Varley MD
Christopher K. Varley, MD
Program Director for Pediatrics
Beaumont Health System; Oakland University William Beaumont
School of Medicine
Royal Oak, MI
Kenneth Zuckerman MD
Kenneth Zuckerman, MD
Program Director for Hematology and Oncology University of South Florida
and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
Tampa, FL
2014 Awards Recipients
Keith H. Baker MD PhD
Keith H. Baker, MD, PhD
Program Director for Anesthesiology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
Joseph B. Cofer MD FACS
Joseph B. Cofer, MD, FACS
Program Director for General Surgery
The University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Chattanooga, TN
Sidney M. Gospe Jr. MD PhD
Sidney M. Gospe, Jr., MD, PhD
Program Director for Child Neurology
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
William R. Graessle MD
William R. Graessle, MD
Program Director for Pediatrics
Cooper University Hospital
Camden, NJ
Saba A. Hasan MD FACP
Saba A. Hasan, MD, FACP
Program Director for Internal Medicine
Capital Health Regional Medical Center
Trenton, NJ
Eric D. Katz MD
Eric D. Katz, MD
Program Director for Emergency Medicine
Maricopa Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ
Angelisa M. Paladin MD
Angelisa M. Paladin, MD
Program Director for Diagnostic Radiology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA
R. Franklin Trimm III MD
R. Franklin Trimm, III, MD
Program Director for Pediatrics
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Mobile, AL
Art Walaszek MD
Art Walaszek, MD
Program Director for Psychiatry
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, WI
Daniel C. West MD
Daniel C. West, MD
Program Director for Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
2013 Award Recipients
Wallace A. Carter MD
Wallace A. Carter, MD
Program Director for Emergency Medicine
New York Presbyterian
New York, NY
Richard T. Jennings MD MS
Richard T. Jennings, MD, MS
Program Director for Aerospace Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX
John D. Mahan Jr. MD
John D. Mahan, Jr., MD
Program Director for Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology
Nationwide Children’s Hospital/The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Bryan L. Martin DO
Bryan L. Martin, DO
Program Director for Allergy and Immunology
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
David Schulman MD MPH
David Schulman, MD, MPH
Program Director for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Deborah A. Schwengel MD
Deborah A. Schwengel, MD
Program Director for Anesthesiology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
Nathan R. Selden MD PhD
Nathan R. Selden, MD, PhD
Program Director for Neurological Surgery
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR
Craig D. Shriver MD FACS
Craig D. Shriver, MD, FACS
Program Director for General Surgery
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Bethesda, MD
David B. Sweet MD FACP
David B. Sweet, MD, FACP
Program Director for Internal Medicine
Summa Health System / NEOMED
Akron, OH
William M. Tierney MD
William M. Tierney, MD
Program Director for Gastroenterology
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, OK
2012 Award Recipients
Felix K. Ankel MD
Felix K. Ankel, MD
Emergency Medicine
Regions Hospital/ HealthPartners Institute of Medical Education
St. Paul, MN
Stephanie A. Call MD MSPH
Stephanie A. Call, MD, MSPH
Internal Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA
Grace L. Caputo MD MPH
Grace L. Caputo, MD, MPH
Pediatrics
Phoenix Children's Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ
D. Scott Gantt D.O. FACC FSCAI
D. Scott Gantt, D.O., FACC, FSCAI
Cardiovascular Disease
Texas A&M University HSC-Scott & White Memorial Hospital
Temple, TX
Waguih William IsHak MD FAPA
Waguih William IsHak, MD, FAPA
Psychiatry
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA 
Los Angeles, CA
Mary E. Klingensmith MD
Mary E. Klingensmith, MD
Surgery
Washington University/BJH/SLCH Consortium Program
St. Louis, MO
Alan K. Louie MD DFAPA
Alan K. Louie, MD, DFAPA
Psychiatry
San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services 
San Mateo, CA
Charles B. Seelig MD MS FACP
Charles B. Seelig, MD, MS, FACP
Internal Medicine
Greenwich Hospital
Greenwich, CT
Rebecca R. Swan MD FAAP
Rebecca R. Swan, MD, FAAP
Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, TN
Andrew J. Varney MD
Andrew J. Varney, MD
Internal Medicine
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Springfield, IL
2011 Award Recipients
Maria Aaron, MD
Ophthalmology 
Emory University 
Atlanta, GA
Stanley Ashley, MD
General Surgery
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA
Mark Bugnitz, MD
Pediatrics 
University of Tennessee 
Memphis, TN
Christian de Virgilio, MD
General Surgery 
Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center 
Torrance, CA
Byron Joyner, MD, MPA, FAAP, FACS
Urology 
University of Washington 
Seattle, WA
Gregory Kane, MD, FACP, FCCP
Internal Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA
Tsveti Markova, MD, FAAFP
Family Medicine 
Wayne State University/Crittenton 
Rochester, MI
Vijay Rajput, MD
Internal Medicine 
UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Camden)/Cooper University Hospital Program 
Camden, NJ
Karen J. Souter, MB BS, FRCA
Anesthesiology 
University of Washington 
Seattle, WA
Ann E. Van Heest, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery 
University of Minnesota 
Minneapolis, MN
2010 Award Recipients
Ramesh Ayyala, MD
Ophthalmology 
Tulane University 
New Orleans, LA
John Frohna, MD
Pediatrics 
University of Wisconsin Hospitals
& Clinics 
Madison, WI
Michael Hart, MD
Surgery 
Swedish Medical Center 
Seattle, WA 
Ronald Maier, MD
Surgical Critical Care 
UW School of Medicine &  
Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, WA
Eileen Reynolds, MD
Internal Medicine 
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 
Boston, MA
Michael Rhodes, MD
Family Medicine 
Utah Valley 
Provo, UT
Gregory Rouan, MD
Internal Medicine 
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 
Cincinnati, OH
Philip Shayne, MD
Emergency Medicine
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Prathibha Varkey, MD
Preventive Medicine 
Mayo Clinic 
Rochester, MN
Diane Wayne, MD
Internal Medicine 
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University 
Chicago, IL
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The 2022 awards application cycle is now closed. Winners will be selected, notified, and announced in October 2021.

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