2021 Research Awards Announced!

Congratulations to each of these notable researchers!

October 4, 2021

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The Wake Forest School of Medicine & Atrium Health are proud to present this year's Research Award recipients! Since 1996, The Research Awards are awarded to peer-nominated investigators exhibiting the most outstanding research contributions within 11 unique categories.

Virtual Research Awards Ceremony is
November 17th, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Join us in celebrating the 2021 Research Awards!

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The 2021 Awardees are...

Early Career Investigator in Basic/Translational Science

 Kiran K. Solingapuram Sai, PhD

Kiran Solingapuram Sai, PhD

Associate Professor  
Department of Radiology

 Katherine Cook

Katherine Cook, PhD

Associate Professor  
Department of Surgery- Hypertension


Early Career Investigator in Clinical/Population Science

Jennifer Gabbard, MD

Jennifer Gabbard, MD

Assistant Professor  
Department of Internal Medicine - Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Samuel Ross

Samuel Ross, MD, MPH, FACS

Assistant Professor  
Department of General Surgery

Giselle Melendez

Giselle Meléndez, MD

Assistant Professor  
Department of Internal Medicine - Cardiology

Jaime Lynn Speiser, MSc, PhD

Jaime Lynn Speiser, PhD, MSc

Assistant Professor  
Department of Biostatistics and Data Science


Mid-Career Investigator in Basic/Translational Science

Kylie Kavanagh, VMS

Kylie Kavanagh, DVM, MS, MPH

Associate Professor
Department of Pathology


Mid-Career Investigator in Clinical/Population Science

Kathryn E. Weaver, PhD

Kathryn Weaver, PhD, MPH

Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy

Rebecca Erwin Wells, MD, MPH

Rebecca Wells, MD, MPH

Associate Professor  
Department of Neurology


Established Investigator in Basic/Translational Science

Allyn Howlett, PhD

Allyn Howlett, PhD

Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Timothy David Howard, PhD

Timothy Howard, MD, PhD

Department of Biochemistry


Established Investigator in Clinical/Population Science

 Scott Duane Rhodes, PhD

Scott Rhodes, PhD, MPH

Chair & Professor  
Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy

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Baharak Moshiree, MD, MSci

Department of Gastroenterology

Andrew Asimos

Andrew Asimos, MD

Department of Emergency Medicine

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Oleg Tcheremissine, MD

Department of Psychiatry

 Hazel Tapp

Hazel Tapp, PhD

Center for Primary Care Research, Department of Family Medicine


Academic Learning Health System (aLHS)

 Kristina Henderson Lewis, MD, MPH

Kristina Lewis, MD, MPH, SM

Associate Professor  
Department of Epidemiology and Prevention

 Thomas Karr Houston II, MD

Thomas Houston II, MD, MPH

Department of Internal Medicine


Clinician Investigator

 David Ianitti

David Iannitti, MD

Division of HPB Surgery, Department of Surgery

 Dionisios Vrochides

Dionisios Vrochides, MD, PhD

Division of HPB Surgery, Department of Surgery



Donald WeaverDonald J. Weaver, Jr., MD, PhD

Associate Professor  
Department of Pediatrics



 John Manning

John Manning, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine

 Philip Jayson Brown, PhD

Philip Brown, PhD

Assistant Professor  
Department of Biomedical Engineering


Mentoring Award

 Joseph 'Joey' Skelton, MD, MS

Joseph Skelton, MD, MS

Department of Pediatrics

New Team Science

PRagmatic EValuation of evENTs and Benefits of Lipid-Lowering in oldEr adults (PREVENTABLE)

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Established Team Science

Women's Health Initiative Southeast Regional Center

Oral Medicine Clinical and Translational Team

Enterprise Integration Team

Wake Forest Nephrology and Atrium Health Family Medicine & Center for Primary Care Research Team


Special Achievement

Michael Gibbs

Michael Gibbs, MD 

Chair & Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine

Barry E. Stein, PhDBarry Stein, PhD

Chair & Professor  
Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy

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Suzanne Craft, PhD

Department of Internal Medicine - Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine


Congratulations to all our recipients!   

Learn more by exploring the Faculty Research Awards page.