Academy of Teaching Scholars Welcomes New Members, Honors Excellence in Teaching

By April Wilkerson 
Writer, OU College of Medicine

Medical educators and their educational scholarship were celebrated during the second Academy of Teaching Scholars Education Day this fall at the OU College of Medicine.



Ana Casanegra, M.D., second from right, is among the newly inducted members of the Academy of Teaching Scholars. With her are LaTasha Craig, M.D., chair of the Academy of Teaching Scholars; John Zubialde, M.D., senior associate dean for the College of Medicine; and Robert Blair, Ph.D., past chair of the Academy of Teaching Scholars.

Six faculty members, representing both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa campuses, were inducted into the Academy of Teaching Scholars. They are:

  • Chris Brasel, Ph.D., Department of Family Medicine, Tulsa
  • Ana Casanegra, M.D., Department of Medicine, Cardiology, Oklahoma City
  • Mohamad Cherry, M.D., Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, Oklahoma City
  • Elisa Crouse, M.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and associate dean of graduate medical education, Oklahoma City
  • Blake Palmer, M.D., Department of Urology, Oklahoma City
  • William Tierney, M.D., Department of Medicine, Gastroenterology, Oklahoma City

Several faculty members also were honored with Excellence in Teaching awards in the areas of preclinical, clinical and graduate medical education. They are:

Preclinical Awards:

  • Dale Bratzler, D.O., MPH, chief quality officer, OU Physicians, Oklahoma City
  • Mary Kay Gumerlock, M.D., Department of Neurosurgery, Oklahoma City
  • Nancy Halliday, Ph.D., Department of Cell Biology, Oklahoma City
  • Daniel O’Donoghue, PA-C, Ph.D., Department of Cell Biology, Oklahoma City

Boyd Richards, Ph.D., a faculty member at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, speaks to the Academy of Teaching Scholars about the importance of nurturing the work of medical educators.

Clinical Awards:

  • BreeAnna Gibson, M.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oklahoma City
  • Dena O’Leary, M.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oklahoma City
  • Sarah-Anne Schumann, M.D., Department of Family Medicine, Tulsa
  • Anthony Vaughn, M.D., Department of Neurology, Oklahoma City

Graduate Medical Education:

  • Mazen Abu-Fadel, M.D., Department of Medicine, Cardiology, Oklahoma City
  • William Tierney, M.D., Department of Medicine, Gastroenterology, Oklahoma City
  • Douglas Stewart, D.O., MPH, Department of Pediatrics, Tulsa

Faculty members, residents, students and staff also submitted posters for the Education Day poster session, each providing insight into the medical education process and methods of potential improvement.

A combined Medicine/Pediatric Grand Rounds, as well as an afternoon workshop, was led by Boyd Richards, Ph.D., who is assistant vice president for education research and evaluation, as well as professor of medical education, at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Richards noted the collaborative nature of medical education and congratulated educators for overcoming teaching and learning challenges together. An organization like the Academy of Teaching Scholars, and the awards it bestows, is symbolic of the shared passion for quality medical education, he said.

“I encourage all of us to focus on the symbolism of respect and the important work that the Academy of Teaching Scholars represents,” he said. “I am confident that the work represented by the academy is the real work that needs to be accomplished by people working together for outcomes that will be used for good causes – healing the sick, promoting the health of populations and helping to fix the broken health care system.”