OHSU Announces Appointments, National Awards

02/01/08  Portland, Ore

One of the many dividends of Oregon Health & Science University's steady growth and recognized potential is its ability to recruit and retain top-notch employees and students who are, or go on to become, national experts in their fields

One of the many dividends of Oregon Health & Science University's steady growth and recognized potential is its ability to recruit and retain top-notch employees and students who are, or go on to become, national experts in their fields. The following are the most recent examples:

-- Sandy Giffin, R.N., M.S., department director for the OHSU Oregon Poison Center has been elected president of the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) is a private, nongovernmental association representing the nation's 61 regional poison centers. Located in Washington D.C., the AAPCC coordinates certification of regional poison centers and poison center personnel; develops public and professional education programs and materials; interacts with private and government agencies whose activities influence poisoning and poison centers; and collects and analyzes national poisoning data.

-- Jon Hanifin, M.D., professor of dermatology, OHSU School of Medicine, will receive the 2007 Master Dermatologist Award from the American Academy of Dermatology at their annual meeting this month (http://www.ohsu.edu/dermatology/faculty/hanifin.php). The Master Dermatologist Award recognizes significant contributions to the specialty of dermatology as well as to the leadership and/or educational programs of the academy throughout the awardee's career. Previous OHSU recipients include Walter Lobitz, M.D., (1988), and Frances Storrs, M.D., (2003).

-- Jennifer Hyer, a fourth-year OHSU medical student, was elected to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) board of directors. Hyer was elected to a one-year term by the National Congress of Student Members and was confirmed by the Congress of Delegates, the AAFP governing body. The AAFP represents more than 94,000 physicians, residents and medical students nationwide.

-- Kathryn Zerbe, M.D., was selected by the American Psychoanalytic Association to receive the Edith Sabshin Teaching Award. The award recognizes and rewards excellence in teaching psychoanalytic concepts to students other than psychoanalytic candidates. The late Edith Sabshin, in whose honor this award is named, was known for her abilities as a natural teacher, according to the association. Zerbe is a professor of psychiatry, and obstetrics and gynecology; director of psychiatric outpatient services and vice chairwoman for psychotherapy, OHSU School of Medicine (www.ohsu.edu/psychiatry/faculty/zerbe.htm).