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2020 Faculty Promotions

We are pleased to announce and spotlight the academic promotion of our faculty members. In lieu of our traditional in-person event, we hope you will join us in celebrating our faculty by learning more about them through the profile information they've submitted below. Watch the special message from Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs Nancy Davis, Ph.D., and join us in congratulating these outstanding faculty members on their achievements!

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Elizabeth Ablah

Elizabeth Ablah, Ph.D., MPH
Professor, Population Health

What's one accomplishment at KU School of Medicine-Wichita you're most proud of?
Developing partnerships with incredible health professionals across the state, country and globe.

Is there anyone you would like to acknowledge or thank for their support of your work, of you personally, and/or of your promotion application?
I am extremely grateful to Allison Honn for her time and dedication to supporting the work we do - and my promotion application. I am also grateful to Melissa Armstrong for encouraging me to submit.

What tips would you give to other faculty who may be considering applying for academic promotion?
Do it.

Therese Cusick

Therese Cusick, M.D., M.S.
Clinical Professor, Surgery

 

Pooja Desai

Pooja Desai, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics



Brett Grizzell

Brett Grizzell, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery

What one accomplishment at KU School of Medicine-Wichita are you most proud of?
My residents and their growth.

What other career accomplishments would you like to highlight?
Building programs on the leading edge of medicine.

Why is academic promotion important to you?
The activities involved in the process are all goals of personal and professional growth.

Is there anyone you would like to acknowledge or thank for their support of your work, of you personally and/or of your promotion application?
Dr. Alex Ammar has been an excellent mentor, instructor, leader and partner.

What tips would you give to other faculty who may be considering applying for academic promotion?
Get involved early, keep your CV updated and find a mentor.

Melissa Hopper

Melissa Hopper, Psy.D., CEDS
Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics

What one accomplishment at KU School of Medicine-Wichita are you most proud of?
I am proud of being a member of the committee that introduced Schwartz Rounds to Wesley Children's Hospital. I am honored to be one of the co-facilitators of this multi-disciplinary, process-oriented rounds that seeks to build compassionate care for pediatric patients, their families and providers.

What other career accomplishments would you like to highlight?
I have worked hard to distinguish myself in the area of eating disorder assessment and treatment and earned my Certified Eating Disorder Specialist credential in 2019 from the International Academy of Eating Disorder Professionals.

Why is academic promotion important to you?
Academic promotion is a way to demonstrate on paper the years of dedication I have put into becoming the best clinician, teacher and scholar that I can be.

Is there anyone you would like to acknowledge or thank for their support of your work, of you personally and/or of your promotion application?
I would like to thank all of my colleagues, both present and past, for their contribution to my professional identity. You all have poured into me your expertise, knowledge, time, and insight and I have been fortunate to work alongside of some of the absolute best. I would also like to thank my family, especially my husband. You have been my biggest cheerleader and supporter from the very beginning. No one has believed in me the way that you do. Finally, I would like to thank my patients, both past and present. You all have taught me what true strength and vulnerability are. You have also taught me the meaning of the word "hope."

What tips would you give to other faculty who may be considering applying for academic promotion?
Keep everything (or at least a scanned copy)! The promotion process is easier if you are organized and have copies of evaluations from past professional presentations or handouts that you created.

Kurt Kauffman

Kurt Kauffman, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology  








Thalia Lopez

Thalia Lopez, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology




Dawne Lowden

Dawne Lowden, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology




 

Marilee McBoyle-Wiesener

Marilee McBoyle-Wiesner, M.D.
Clinical Professor, Surgery

What's one accomplishment at KU School of Medicine-Wichita that you're most proud of?
The opportunity I have had to teach medical students and residents, and watch them progress to talented, caring physicians.

What other career accomplishments would you like to highlight?
The accreditation of the Surgery Residency Skills Lab by the American College of Surgeons as an Accredited Education Institute, and being named a Master Surgeon Educator (Associate) by the American College of Surgeons.

Why is academic promotion important to you?
The application process provided the opportunity to review and reflect upon my surgical career which took a unique turn in its direction and focus. The promotion was not nearly as much about me as about acknowledging and recognizing God's continual guidance and faithfulness in my life.

Is there anyone you would like to acknowledge or thank for their support of your work, you personally and/or of your promotion application?
The Lord Jesus Christ; my husband, Tim Wiesner, and sons Tim, Thaddaeus and Tom for their love, kindness, and encouragement; Dr. John Smith and Dr. Alex Ammar for their encouragement to apply for promotion; the mentees and professors who wrote letter of support on my behalf; and Dr. Nancy Davis and Julie Galliart for their guidance in the application process.

What tips would you give to other faculty who may be considering applying for academic promotion?
While it is always good to seek a new goal--such as promotion. A new title should never outshine and outweigh the daily joy and humble appreciation for the privilege of being in the medical field.

Brian Pate

Brian Pate, M.D.
Professor, Pediatrics

What's one accomplishment at KU School of Medicine-Wichita that you're most proud of?
It's an accomplishment of my whole team, but doing my part in helping the amazing faculty and staff in my department bring four new pediatric specialties to Kansas children since 2014 has been great to see.

What other career accomplishments would you like to highlight?
It's been a privilege and honor to be able to care for sick children and their loved ones in the hospital for over 20 years.

Why is academic promotion important to you?
I'm honored to do my part to contribute to the the proud history of clinical academic success at KU School of Medicine.

Is there anyone who you would like to acknowledge or thank for their support of your work, of you personally and/or of your promotion application?
That would be a long list, but first and foremost, my wife and three sons for their constant love and support: Christy, Sam, Nick and Matt.

What tips would you give to other faculty who may be considering applying for academic promotion?
Don't be put off or intimidated by academic promotion, or believe it isn't for you. Find a dedicated mentor who will help you promote based on activities and opportunities you're passionate about and enjoy.

Andrew Porter

Andrew Porter, D.O., FAAFP
Clinical Associate Professor, Family & Community Medicine

What's one accomplishment at KU School of Medicine-Wichita that you're most proud of?
We continue to have a strong and healthy sports medicine fellowship that I am blessed to be a part of. We continue to strive to make our fellowship better each year.

What other career accomplishments would you like to highlight?
Prior to joining faculty, I was in private practice in rural Iowa doing full spectrum family medicine and sports medicine. I also had the honor of serving in the US Army as a physician in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Why is academic promotion important to you?
It is important to continue to push yourself personally and professionally to positively grow. Academic promotion is one way to push yourself.

Is there anyone who you would like to acknowledge or thank for their support of your work, of you personally and/or of your promotion application?
Dr. Kellerman is very helpful in support of my work and my promotion application.

What tips would you give to other faculty who may be considering applying for academic promotion?
Start thinking about academic promotion right away and push yourself to grow.

Pavan Reddy

Pavan Reddy, M.D.
Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine

What's one accomplishment at KU School of Medicine-Wichita that you are most proud of?
Working with internal medicine residents on several research projects which were subsequently presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual conferences

What other career accomplishments would you like to highlight?

  1. Currently serve as a member of the ASCO Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee, tasked with developing practice guidelines in the field of oncology
  2. Being the co-author of the largest prospective study in breast cancer medicine -TAILORx Study
  3. Serving as reviewer for Journal of Clinical Oncology
  4. Invited speaker at National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) national meeting and policy summit.
  5. Serving as co-director of Ascension Via Christi Cancer Outreach and Risk Assessment (CORA) clinic.

Why is academic promotion important to you?
It's an honor and privilege to be recognized by the university in which I trained at and by a highly select group of professionals.

Is there anyone you would like to acknowledge or thank for their support of your work, of you personally and/or for supporting your academic promotion?

I am grateful to all my teachers and mentors at the University of Kansas. I would also like to thank my colleagues and staff at the Cancer Center of Kansas for their dedication to cancer patients; they are my inspiration.

What tips do you have for faculty who are considering applying for academic promotion?
It's a rigorous process, one that is well worth the effort.

Cari Schmidt

Cari Schmidt, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Pediatrics

What's one accomplishment at KU School of Medicine-Wichita that you're most proud of?
Development of the Center for Research for Infant Birth and Survival.

What other career accomplishments would you like to highlight?
The Baby Talk and LYFTE programs, for which I am PI, have supported healthy birth outcomes for Sedgwick County mothers, and the Safe Sleep Instructor program, for which I am a co-investigator, has trained thousands of professionals and families to reduce sleep-related infant deaths.

Why is academic promotion important to you?
The promotion process offers a great opportunity to reflect on your accomplishments and mark milestones in your career.

Is there anyone who you would like to acknowledge or thank for their support of your work, of you personally, and/or of your promotion application?
Thank you to all of my collaborators, friends and family. Without all of your expertise, advice and support none of this would have been possible!

What tips would you give to other faculty who may be considering applying for academic promotion?
Take the time to update your CV regularly and plan an organization strategy to keep up with supporting documents.

Aaron Sinclair

Aaron Sinclair, M.D.
Associate Professor, Family & Community Medicine





S. Todd Stephens

Samuel Todd Stephens, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor, Family & Community Medicine

What is one accomplishment at KU School of Medicine-Wichita that you're most proud of?
International Family Medicine Fellowship program

What other career accomplishments would you like to highlight?
1. Served in the capacity of a career medical missionary in Kenya and Rwanda for several years prior to joining faculty.
2. Served for three years on the AAFP Advisory Board for the Center of Global Health Initiatives

Why is academic promotion important to you?
Recognition of service and a body of work produced over many years.

Is there anyone who you would like to acknowledge or thank for their support of your work, of you personally, and/or of your promotion application?
I would like to thank Dr. Richard Leu, our former residency program director who hired me and had the creative vision to pursue an International Fellowship program. I would also like to thank Dr Rick Kellerman for his outstanding leadership at the helm of our Department of Family & Community Medicine at KU School of Medicine-Wichita and for his friendship and mentorship literally since I was a medical student here. Finally, I'd like to thank Dr. Scott Moser for his mentorship and assistance in pursuing this promotion.

What tips would you give to other faculty who may be considering applying for academic promotion?
Start early.
Document and date all that you do when you do it.
Keep your CV up to date.
Seek help from your UKSM department personnel early and often.
Go for it!

Priyank Yagnik

Priyank Yagnik, M.D., MPH
Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics

What is one accomplishment at KU School of Medicine-Wichita that you're most proud of?
Monthly simulation sessions with residents

What other career accomplishments would you like to highlight?
Multiple article publications along with residents

Why is academic promotion important to you?
Makes me feel I'm progressing

Is there anyone who you would like to acknowledge or thank for their support of your work, of you personally, and/or of your promotion application?
Dr. Brian Pate (KUSM-W - Pediatric chair) has been an awesome leader throughout my career. Dr. Robert Wittler (KUSM-W - Pediatric ID physician) has helped me review my promotion application and has been a physician-advocate. Dr. Shobana Kubendran (KUSM-W Pediatric Genetics) has pushed me to apply by saying "it's never too early to apply."

What tips would you give to other faculty who may be considering applying for academic promotion?
As mentioned above "it's never too early to apply." Take a chance.

Last modified: Sep 25, 2020
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