Recognizing distinguished faculty members

OHSU Faculty Senate honors two School of Medicine faculty members

Annually, OHSU faculty members are recognized through the Faculty Senate Awards for their exceptional efforts in support of OHSU's mission. Awards are made for contributions within the last 10 years in one of five categories: research, leadership, teaching, service and collaboration. The School of Medicine category this year was teaching (award categories rotate every year so that each unit is nominating individuals in a new award category).

In his introductory remarks, OHSU President Joe Robertson, M.D., MBA, said it is "my job is to ensure success of the faculty," and called the award categories representative of the "right values to leverage success." OHSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeanette Mladenovic, M.D., MBA, and OHSU Foundation Interim President Constance French also spoke during the May 23 ceremony.

William (Bill) Toffler, M.D., professor of family medicine, was presented with the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching. This award recognizes a faculty member as an outstanding educator who has demonstrated a sustained and significant record of meritorious academic accomplishments. "I have been blessed to have been involved in many of OHSU's educational innovations and feel honored, grateful and humbled to have received this recognition," said Dr. Toffler. "In reality, any success I may have had is more reflective of the collective hard work and energy of literally hundreds of my faculty colleagues in every discipline who regularly contribute their time and teaching talents in striving to make OHSU the best student-centered education possible."

Dr. Toffler conceptualized, developed, implemented and refined the Principles of the Clinical Medicine Course, OHSU's largest course, coordinating hundreds of faculty in more than 20 departments as well as PCM's highest rated component—the first- and second-year preceptorship of the overall curriculum.

He was PI for a five-year NIH K07 grant to OHSU, two supplemental grants, an evaluation contract from the NCI and an ongoing R25 grant to support the improvement in teaching of Behavioral and Social Science. Dr. Toffler served as director of education and clerkship director for the Department of Family Medicine for more than 25 years. He led and supported multiple HRSA training grants supporting clerkship curricular innovations. He represented OHSU in the national effort to develop fmCASES, now used by more than 100 U.S. medical schools. He has promoted OHSU's curricular innovations with dozens of peer-reviewed presentations or posters given at National meetings. Dr. Toffler continues to teach and mentor students in PCM, the preceptorship, the clerkship and electives.

FacultySenate-awards-plaqueThe School of Medicine nominees also included Nicole Deiorio, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine, Thomas DeLoughery, M.D., FACP, professor of medicine, and Michael Seropian, M.D., FRCPC, clinical professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine.

Craig Williams, Pharm.D., FNLA, BCPS, affiliate assistant professor of family medicine, was presented with the College of Pharmacy Distinguished Faculty Award for Collaboration, which recognizes a faculty member for their outstanding work in cooperative professional endeavors that involve common goals, coordinated effort and outcomes for which the participants share both responsibility and credit. 

Rounding out the Faculty Senate Awards were:

  • Antonio Baptista, Ph.D., Distinguished Leadership Award, Affiliated Units
  • Jack Ferracane, M.D., Ph.D., FADM, Distinguished Research Award, School of Dentistry
  • Gail Houck, Ph.D., R.N., PMHNP, Distinguished Service Award, School of Nursing

Pictured (from top): Dr. Toffler; Lynn Whitley, D.M.D., R.N., chair of the Faculty Senate awards and elections committee, unveils the 2013 commemorative plaque