Commencement awards annually recognize members of the graduating classes of the School of Medicine and School of Health Professions, as well as faculty, staff and others chosen by the graduates and/or faculty. Categories of recognition include community service, leadership, academic achievement and clinical skills. Many awards pay homage to former EVMS faculty members and medical professionals who have had an enduring impact on their fields.

Award winners receive digital award PDFs and framed award certificates, and are acknowledged in the printed Commencement program and in other forms of media related to the Commencement ceremony and promotions.

Following is a list of the awards presented this year.

School of Medicine Awards

The Abraham Jacobi Award is presented annually by EVMS Pediatrics to a graduating medical student who demonstrates a genuine commitment to pediatrics and academic excellence, and who exhibits compassion, honesty, and a sincere dedication to the care of children.

Emily Rose Egress

The Award for Excellence in Addiction Medicine is presented annually by EVMS Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to a member of the graduating medical class who has shown outstanding achievement and interest in the field of addiction medicine.

Kirklan Thomas Kathe

The Award for Excellence in Neuroscience is presented annually by EVMS Pathology and Anatomy to a member of the graduating medical class who has shown outstanding achievement and interest in the field of neuroscience.           

Stephen Thomas Petr

The Award for Excellence in Psychiatry is presented annually by EVMS Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to a member of the graduating medical class who has demonstrated exemplary performance in the study of psychiatry.     

Tony J. Colangelo

The Desmond R.H. Gourley Award for Excellence in Pharmacology is presented annually by EVMS Physiological Sciences to a graduating medical student to recognize excellence in the understanding and appreciation of the pharmacological principles of therapeutics.

Daniel Barmas-Alamdari

The Edward Levy Award is given annually by EVMS Internal Medicine to a graduating student in recognition of excellence in internal medicine.

Alexander Joseph Schmitt

The Evelyn Lin, MD, Memorial Award is presented annually by EVMS Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to a graduating medical student for outstanding achievement in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The award was established as a memorial to Dr. Lin, who received her medical degree from EVMS in 1995.

Mackinzie J Bekebrock McDaniel

The EVMS Alumni Association MD Student Service Award is given annually to the graduating medical student who demonstrates academic achievement as well as outstanding service to the class and Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Jennifer Nicole Tich

The EVMS School of Medicine Award for Community Service is presented annually by the Student Government Association and recognizes a graduating medical student who demonstrates personal commitment to community service through his or her volunteer participation in EVMS outreach or other initiatives in Hampton Roads and beyond. The recipient of this award will have made a significant contribution to benefit the community, organization or    peoples served. 

Abigail Barger and Ellen Marie Dowling

The EVMS Student Government Association MD Leadership Award is awarded to a medical student who has demonstrated significant achievement in leadership.

Suhas Bharadwaj

The Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award is presented annually by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine to a graduating medical student for outstanding achievement in emergency medicine.

Emily Fredrikson

The Gary L. Pittenger and David E. Scott Award for Excellence in the Anatomical Sciences is presented annually to a graduating medical student to recognize their academic excellence in the anatomical sciences in memory of Gary L. Pittenger, PhD, and David E. Scott, PhD. Drs. Pittenger and Scott were members of EVMS Pathology and Anatomy who devoted their professional lives to scholarship in the anatomical sciences.

Charles W. O’Neal

The James F. Lind Sr., MD, Award is given annually by EVMS Surgery to the graduating medical student who demonstrates an outstanding knowledge of surgical principles and commitment to excellence in attaining the standards of academic surgery, and who exemplifies the qualities of a self-directed and lifelong learner.

Daisy Proksch

The John Franklin Award is presented each year by EVMS Internal Medicine to a graduating medical student for demonstrated excellence in internal medicine.

Marie-Laure Flamer

The Lloyd Damsey, MD, Memorial Award is given annually by EVMS Family and Community Medicine to the graduating medical student who best demonstrates a commitment to the ideals of family and community medicine, overall academic excellence, outstanding service to the school and community, and innovative research activities.       

Richard William Daniel Jones

The Mason C. Andrews Citizen Scholar Award is presented annually by EVMS Obstetrics and Gynecology to the medical student who demonstrates excellence in both academic achievements and community service, humbly working behind the scenes to make our environment a better place in which to work and live, thereby emulating the vision and spirit of Dr. Mason C. Andrews.

Lindsay Gould

The Medical Student Obstetrics and Gynecology Performance Award is presented annually to a graduating medical student in recognition of exemplary performance in obstetrics and gynecology.

Abigail Barger

The Melissa Warfield, MD, Humanism in Medicine Award is presented annually to a fourth-year medical student who exemplifies the qualities of Dr. Melissa Warfield: a caring and compassionate role model and leader who embodies service through his or her actions in peer teaching, peer guidance, community service and patient-centered medicine. 

Ursula F. Griffiths-Randolph

The Military Medicine Award is presented annually by EVMS Academic Affairs to the graduating military medical student who has exemplified the highest degree of integrity, professionalism and selfless service throughout their four years at Eastern Virginia Medical School. This student’s dual commitment to outstanding performance in doctoring and their military duties demonstrates great promise as they transition from EVMS student to United States Military Officer.

Alexander McNally

The Raymond V. van Wolkenten Memorial Faculty Award is given to a Ghent Family Practice faculty member who best exemplifies teaching and clinical service.

John E. Snellings, MD

The Raymond V. van Wolkenten Memorial Student Award is given to a student committed to Family Medicine, showing an appreciation for the full breadth and scope of the specialty.

Mackenzi R. McHugh

The Robert Campe Goodman and Augusta S. Goodman Award is presented annually by EVMS Academic Affairs to a graduating medical student on the basis of both academic excellence and unselfish concern for others.

Andrew G. Abayan

The Robert J. Faulconer Gold Medal is awarded annually by EVMS Pathology and Anatomy to the graduating medical student who has demonstrated superior achievement in pathology.

Alexander Joseph Schmitt

The Sigfred Award is presented to the graduating student who has demonstrated superior knowledge, skills and capacity for learning in Diagnostic Radiology and who shows great enthusiasm for the discipline.

Thomas M. Pender

The Sir William Osler Awards are given each year to an intern, a resident, an attending physician, a basic scientist and a community faculty preceptor by the graduating medical students in recognition of excellence in teaching.

  • Outstanding Intern: Sarah Nata Jost-Haynes, MD
  • Outstanding Resident: Danielle E. Russell, MD
  • Outstanding Physician: A. Brooke Hooper, MD
  • Outstanding Basic Scientist: Julie A. Kerry, PhD
  • Outstanding Community Faculty Preceptor: Alexandra P. Leader, MD, MPH

 

School of Health Professions Awards

The Award for Excellence in the Pathologists’ Assistant Program is presented annually to the student who has distinguished themselves with the highest performance in the Pathologists’ Assistant Program. 

Derek L. Irons

The David E. Scott, PhD, Award honors Dr. David E. Scott, from EVMS Pathology, who as a non-Physician Assistant provided instruction and support to the program since its inception in 1999. It is awarded annually by the Master of Physician Assistant program in Dr. Scott’s memory to a non-Physician Assistant who has had an enduring impact on the growth, maturation and ongoing excellence of the PA program. 

Kyle Zeltmann, MEd

The Eugene Stead Jr., MD, Award honors the founder of the Physician Assistant profession, who started the first Physician Assistant program at Duke University in 1965. It is awarded to the graduating Physician Assistant student who best exemplifies the profession’s ideals of courage, humility and wisdom when applying technical skills, scientific knowledge and human understanding to the care of the suffering. 

Meghan Stufflebeem

The EVMS Alumni Association HP Student Service Award is awarded annually to the graduating health professions student who demonstrates academic achievement as well as outstanding service to the class and Eastern Virginia Medical School. 

Alicia A. Hines

The EVMS School of Health Professions Award for Community Service is presented annually by the Student Government Association and recognizes a graduating medical student who demonstrates personal commitment to community service through his or her volunteer participation in EVMS outreach or other initiatives in Hampton Roads and beyond. The recipient of this award will have made a significant contribution to benefit the community, organization or peoples which they served. 

Mackenzie Hunt, Aaliyah Bryonne Joseph and Brianna Nickole Baldwin

The EVMS Student Government Association HP Leadership Award is awarded annually to a health professions student who has demonstrated significant achievement in leadership. 

Tavanda Lynise Lawrence

The Gary Dean Hodgen, PhD, Award for Excellence in Reproductive Clinical Science is given to a graduating student who has demonstrated excellence in research techniques and discovery.  

Jennifer Matucha

The Georgeanna Seegar Jones, MD, Award for Academic Achievement in the Reproductive Clinical Sciences is given annually to an outstanding graduating student from the Master of Reproductive Clinical Sciences program in recognition of academic excellence. The award was created in memory of Dr. Jones and her innumerable contributions to the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. 

Sebo Ling Wang

The PAragon Award is presented annually to a graduating Physician Assistant student who best excels in supervised clinical practice by increasing his or her knowledge base, clinical skills, competency and medical artistry. 

Lauren Lenertz

The Paul J. Fink, MD, Outstanding Art Therapist Award is awarded annually to a member of the graduating Art Therapy and Counseling class for academic, clinical and research excellence. 

Ann Jane Varatharaj

The Physician Assistant Preceptor of the Year Award is selected by the graduating Physician Assistant class. This individual is selected for excellence in clinical teaching and mentoring. 

Scott Reed, MD

The Surgical Assisting Anatomy Award is presented annually for academic performance of Clinical Orientated Anatomy.  

Sarah Brown 

The Surgical Assisting Faculty Award is presented annually for outstanding service during the didactic year. 

Karen Owen, CSA, RSA

The Surgical Assisting Preceptor Award is presented annually for outstanding service during the clinical year. 

Scott Spruce, CSA

  

The Student Government Association Staff Recognition Award is given annually by SGA to a staff member in recognition of outstanding service to students. 

Nicole M. Holt, DrPH, MPH