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Owl Club Awards honor teaching excellence at Tulane School of Medicine

June 08, 2023 3:15 PM

Owl Club Award winners for 2023 included (top row, left to right): Elma LeDoux, MD; Kerstin Honer zu Bentrup, PhD; Chayan Chakraborti, MD; Samir Anadkat, MBBS, MS; (bottom row, left to right) Cecilia Gambala, MD; and Bennetta Horne, PhD.


The Owl Club is the student organization for academic excellence at Tulane University School of Medicine. Owl Club representatives compile evaluations and feedback from every course taught, and present teaching awards to top faculty every spring. Congratulations to this year’s Owl Club Award winners!

T1 Best Integrated Module:
Endocrine/Reproduction (Brian Rowan, MD)

T1 Course of the Year:
Gross Anatomy (Samir Anadkat, MBBS, MS)

T1 Best CBL/TBL Facilitator:
David Franklin, PhD

T1 Professor of the Year
Samir Anadkat MBBS, MS

Highest average review scores T1 Lecturers:
David Franklin, PhD
Samir Anadkat, MBBS, MS
T. Cooper Woods, PhD

T2 Best Integrated Module:
Cardiovascular (Elma LeDoux, MD)

T2 Course of the Year:
Brain, Mind, and Behavior (Elizabeth Crabtree, MD; Ashley Weiss, DO; David Blask, MD, PhD; Norm Kreisman, PhD; and Adam Lawson, PhD)

T2 Best CBL/TBL Facilitator:
Kerstin Honer zu Bentrup, PhD

T2 Innovation Award:
Elizabeth Crabtree, MD

T2 Professor of the Year:
Kerstin Höner zu Bentrup, PhD

Highest average review scores T2 Lecturers:
Craig Clarkson, PhD
Elizabeth Crabtree, MD
Elma LeDoux, MD

T3 & T4 Departmental Clinician Awards

Best Family Medicine Preceptor:
Courtney Washington, DO

Internal Medicine: Best Resident:
Victor Rodriguez, MD

Internal Medicine: Best Attending Physician:
Helen Pope, MD

Neurology: Best Resident:
Julia Aigbogun, MD

Neurology: Best Attending Physician:
John L. Freiberg Jr, MD

OBGYN: Best Resident:
Tiffany Chang, MD

OBGYN: Best Attending Physician:
Cecilia Gambala, MD

Pediatrics: Best Upper-Level Resident:
Mary Jenkins, MD

Pediatrics: Best Attending Physician:
Margaret Huntwork, MD

Psychiatry: Best Upper-Level Resident:
Dani Takai-Castioni, MD

Psychiatry: Best Attending Physician:
Gayle Pletsch, MD

Radiology: Best Upper-Level Resident:
Amy Yu, DO

Radiology: Best Attending Physician:
Benjamin Triche, MD

Surgery: Best Upper-Level Resident:
Chad Becnel, MD

Surgery: Best Attending Physician:
Patrick McGrew, MD

Overall Best Intern:
Alexandra Kruse, MD (OBGYN)

Best Clerkship Coordinator:
Tori Bustamante (Neurology)

Best Clerkship:
Surgery, Mary T. Killackey, MD


All-School Awards

Best Elective or Online Course:
STEP 2 Study, Chayan Chakraborti, MD

Best Overall Department:
Surgery, Mary T. Killackey, MD

Outstanding Administrator:
Adam Peltz (Senior Program Coordinator, Family Medicine Clerkship and T4 Electives)

Best Standardized Patient:
Brian Mazo

Most Adaptive Professor:
Elma I. LeDoux MD

W. Clifford Newman Student Advocacy Award:
Elma I. LeDoux MD

Leon Weisberg Excellence in Clinical Training:
Elma I. LeDoux MD

“Spirit of Tulane” Award:
Bennetta C. Horne, PhD, Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion