Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Jack Lake honored with AST Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Jack Lake was honored with the 2023 American Society of Transplantation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This is AST's most prestigious award, which honors a senior investigator who has made significant contributions to the field of transplantation and AST over the course of their membership. Congratulations to Dr. Lake for this amazing, well-deserved honor!

Dr. Nabeel Azeem and Dr. Joshua Sloan honored with GI’s 2023 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

Dr. Nabeel Azeem and Dr. Joshua Sloan were the recipients of our 2023 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. Winners of this award represent the best of who we are in terms of our three pillars of patient care, teaching, and research.

Faculty honored with awards at 2023 Fellow Graduation Ceremony

Dr. Shawn Mallery received the Teacher of the Year Award at this year’s graduation ceremony. >Dr. Mohamed Hassan was honored with the Extraordinary Commitment to Excellence in Teaching and Mentorship Award. Dr. Michael Levitt (VAMC) was honored with our Lifetime Achievement Award.

2023 Faculty Promotions

Dr. Stuart Amateau promoted to Professor of Medicine

Dr. Eugenia Schmidt promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Thomas Leventhal promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine

GI Faculty recognized in Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine 2023 Top Doctors List

9 GI faculty recognized in Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine’s 2023 Top Doctors List.

Top Doctors: Stuart Amateau, MD, PhDMohamed A. Hassan, MDJohn R. Lake, MDThomas M. Leventhal, MDNicholas Lim, MDJ. Shawn Mallery, MDGuru Trikudanathan, MBBS

Top Doctors Rising Stars: Mary Thomson, MD, Christopher Steevens, MD

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Dr. Byron Vaughn selected as Fulbright U.S. Scholar for 2023-2024 for Uganda

Dr. Byron Vaughn was selected as the 2023-2024 Fulbright U.S. Scholar. Fulbright Scholar Awards are prestigious and competitive fellowships that provide unique opportunities for scholars to teach and conduct research abroad. Fulbright scholars also play a critical role in U.S. public diplomacy, establishing long-term relationships between people and nations. Alumni include 62 Nobel Laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 78 MacArthur Fellows, and thousands of leaders and world-renowned experts in academia and many other fields across the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Dr. Guisheng Song becomes Fellow of AASLD

Dr. Guisheng Song becomes a Fellow of AASLD. The Fellows Program bestows honorary recognition upon AASLD members who have made a significant contribution to the knowledge and/or practice of liver and biliary diseases, and are considered leaders in the field. Congratulations, Dr. Song!

GI Division Faculty Honored with Office of Graduate Medical Education Clinical Teaching Excellence Awards

Dr. Shahnaz Sultan, Dr. Nabeel Azeem, and Dr. Kristin McBeath were awarded the Clinical Teaching Excellence Award. This award is granted annually to clinical faculty who have scored in the top 10% on the standardized trainee evaluation of faculty performance administered by the Office of Graduate Medical Education during the past academic year.

M Physicians Clinical Excellence Honorees

M Physicians’ Clinical Excellence Program honors those nominated for excellence in their clinical practice. The GI Division had 19 recipients of this award: Dr. Stuart Amateau, Dr. Nabeel Azeem, Dr. Martin Freeman, Dr. Justin Howard, Dr. Alexander Khoruts, Dr. Thomas Leventhal, Dr. Nicholas Lim, Dr. James Mallery, Dr. Eugenia Shmidt, Dr. Joshua Sloan, Dr. Mary Thomson, Dr. Guru Trikudanathan, Dr. Byron Vaughn, Dr. Kimberly Viskocil, Dr. James Wise, Amanda Hjeltness, Andrea Pitzl, Hanaa Tahir, and Jessica Stangenes

GI Fellowship Program appoints two new Associate Program Directors

The GI Fellowship Program has appointed two new Associate Program Directors from the VA, Dr. Jennifer Haglund and Dr. Mohammad Bilal.

Dr. Thomas Leventhal received Educational Excellence Award

Dr. Thomas Leventhal was honored with the University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Medicine’s Educational Excellence Award at the Fall Faculty Recognition Reception.

Dr. Alexander Khoruts recognized as a 2022 Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher

Dr. Alexander Khoruts is one of 30 UMN Twin Cities investigators across disciplines who received this honor. This group is recognized by Clarivate for their exceptional research influence, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science. In 2022, fewer than 7,000, or about 0.1%, of the world's researchers have earned this exclusive distinction.