Awards & Recognitions


Faculty and students in the Department of Family Medicine are passionate about advancing the field of primary care practice, education and research

Our faculty provides international leadership on issues relating to elder abuse and elder justice, community medicine, vulnerable populations, prison populations and HIV caregiving. We are recognized for our innovative, immersive educational programs in a broad range of settings and with diverse, underserved patients.

Notable Achievements

  • In 2022, Family Medicine research was ranked in the Top 10 for the National Institute of Health funding. Additionally, Professor Duke Han, PhD is No. 3 for Primary Investigators in the field of Family Medicine by the NIH ranking.
  • Laura Mosqueda, MD, Jehni Robinson, MD, Katherine Gibson, MD, and Donna Shoupe, MD, were selected as Pasadena Magazine Top Doctors for 2021.
  • The Primary Care Physician Assistant Program ranked No. 1 in California and No. 10 nationally in physician assistant programs in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools” rankings.
  • Sarah Van Orman, MD was awarded the Edward Hitchcock Award for Outstanding Contributions in College Health in 2020 by the American College Health Association.
  • Interim Program Director Mitzi D’Aquila, MACM, PA-C was elected Director at Large for the California Academy of Physician Assistants in 2020.
  • Family Medicine was awarded the VFC Influenza Excellence Award from the California Department of Public Health Immunization Branch and CA Vaccines for Children in 2020. This honor goes to participating VFC clinics that met their flu by ordering 90% to 100%+ of their designated flu target for 2019-20.
  • Pamela Schaff, MD, was recognized with an Innovations in Medical Education Award in 2019 for her work bringing together art and the issue of elder abuse.
  • Maria G. Maldonado, PA-C, was appointed to the Physician Assistant Education Association Diversity and Inclusion Mission Advancement Commission in 2018.
  • Brett Feldman, PA-C, and Corinne Feldman, PA-C, won an Emmy in 2018 for participating in the PBS special, “Close to Home: Street Medicine.”
  • The Primary Care PA Program student team won the national medical knowledge challenge bowl at the annual American Academy of Physician Assistants forum in 2018 against 95 other national teams.
  • The Family Medicine Interest Group has been named a Program of Excellence by the American Academy of Family Medicine for the past four years.
  • Duke Han, PhD, was invited to be a formal member of the National Institute on Aging-Neuroscience review committee beginning July 1, 2018.
  • Jo Marie Reilly, MD, was honored with the 2018 Etz Chaim Tree of Life Award of Compassionate Care.
  • Annie Nguyen, PhD, was elected the Chair of Aging and Public Health Section within the American Public Health Association.
  • Department Chair Jehni Robinson, MD, and the Family Medicine Practice received the 2017 Family Practice Management Award for Practice Improvement from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.