Awards & Recognitions

Our faculty continue to win major awards in research and mentorship

Our Department of Medicine faculty members in all specialties have received numerous awards, fellowships and recognitions. Several are principal investigators on various multidisciplinary research studies and receive grants for their cutting-edge research.

Notable Achievements

Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Michael W. Fong, MD
    Consumer’s Research Council of America, America’s Top Cardiologists 2017
  • Luanda P. Grazette, MD
    Southern California “Super Doctor,” Los Angeles Magazine
    Top Doctor, Pasadena Magazine
  • Enrique L. Ostrzega, MD
    Best Sub-Specialist of the Year Award, Department of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Endocrinology and Diabetes 

  • Elizabeth O. Beale, MD
    Commercialization Award, USC Stevens Center for Innovation
  • Thomas A. Buchanan, MD
    Associate Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship, University of Southern California
  • John D. Carmichael, MD
    Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine
  • Caroline T. Nguyen, MD
    Endocrine Faculty Teaching Award
  • Kathleen A. Page, MD
    Summer Research Undergraduate Fellowship Mentorship Award, Endocrine Society
  • Peter A. Singer, MD
    America’s Top Doctors
    Best Doctors in America
    Master Professor of Medicine, University of Southern California
  • Hussein Yassine, MD
    R01, “Biomarkers of ABCA1 Mediated Functions in Alzheimer’s Disease,” Principal Investigator, NIH
    R01, “The Delivery of Essential Fatty Acids to the Brain in Alzheimer’s Disease,” National Institute of Aging, NIH

Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases

  • Cheng Ji, PhD
    R01, “Primary role of Golgi stress in anti-HIV drug and alcohol abuse-induced hepatotoxicity,” National Institute of Drug Abuse, NIH
  • Jeffrey A. Kahn, MD
    Faculty Teaching Inventive Award, 2016-17 academic year
  • Brian Kim, MD
    USC Internal Medicine Residency Faculty Teacher of the Year
  • Anisa Shaker, MD
    Pasadena “Top Doc”, Pasadena Magazine
    WSCI Abstract Travel Award, Western Society for Clinical Investigation
  • Edy E. Soffer, MD
    Southern California Super Doctors
  • Sanda Win, MD, PhD
    USC Research Center for Liver Diseases Pilot Project Award
  • Shuping Zhong, PhD
    R01, “Molecular mechanism of alcohol-associated liver tumor development,” National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH

Geriatric, Hospital, Palliative and General Internal Medicine

  • Jeffrey B. Canceko, MD
    Attending of the Year, LAC+USC Medical Center
    Kaiser-Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award for the Clinical Years, Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • Nida Hamiduzzaman, MD
    Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Michael Hochman, MD
    Honorary Alumni Award, USC School of Pharmacy Alumni Association
  • Jennifer R. Marks, MD
    Pasadena Magazine Top Doctor Award
    First Place in its category, Society of General Internal Medicine Poster, California/Hawaii Regional Meeting
  • Seth Politano, DO
    Attending of the Year Award, Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • Sunita Puri, MD
    MacDowell Colony Artists’ Residency Award, Fall 2017
    Mesa Refuge Writing Residency, April 2017
    UCross Writing Residency Award, Fall 2017
  • Sonali Saluja, MD
    KL2 Award Recipient, Gehr Family Center for Health and Systems Science, Keck School of Medicine of USC.
  • Michael Wang, MD
    USC Choi Family Excellence in Patient-Centered Care Physician Award, Keck Medical Center of USC
  • Andrew S. Young, DO
    Top Doctor, Pasadena Magazine
  • Stephanie K. Zia, MD
    Gold Humanism Honor Society Faculty Inductee, Gold Humanism Honor Society, Keck School of Medicine of USC Chapter
    Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, Arnold P. Gold Society, Keck School of Medicine of USC
    Winner, Clinical Vignette Category, Department of Pediatrics Bernard Portnoy Academic Achievement Award, Department of Pediatrics Resident Scholarly Week Poster Session


  • Preet M. Chaudhary, MD, PhD
    Southern California Super Doctor
    Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine
  • Casey O’Connell, MD
    Fellow, American College of Physicians
    Southern California Super Doctor
    Pasadena “Top Doc”, Pasadena Magazine
  • George Yaghmour, MD
    Top Doctors in Southern California Rising Stars, Los Angeles Magazine

Infectious Diseases 

  • Brian Luna, PhD
    HHS Grant, “A Preclinical Mouse Model of Acinetobacter baumannii Infection For Antibacterial Development,” DHHS/FDA/OAGS/DAP
  • Brad Spellberg, MD
    Top Membership, American Society for Clinical Investigation
    Public Engagement Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
    R01, “Diabetes and Inflammation During Infection,” NIH
    R01, “Mab Passive Vaccination against Acinetobacter baumannii,” NIH
    R01, “The Surface of Hospitals Intensive Environmental Load Disinfection (SHIELD)
    Study,” Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, NIH

Nephrology and Hypertension

  • Arshia Ghaffari, DO
    Core Value Award for: Team, DaVita Healthcare Partners
  • Kenneth R. Hallows, MD, PhD
    U.S. Department of Defense, “Cellular Energy Pathways as Novel Targets for the Therapy of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease,” Investigator-Initiated Research Award
    U.S. Department of Defense, Metformin as a Novel Therapy for Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease,” Clinical Trial Award
    R01, “Mechanisms and Relevance of Sodium Transport Regulation by AMPK,” Principal Investigator, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH
    R13, “2017 Western Epithelial Biology Society (WEBS) Meeting,” Principal Investigator, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH
  • Mitra K. Nadim, MD
    Southern California Super Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine
  • Biagio Saitta, PhD
    Best Poster and Award, ORS Southern California Regional Symposium at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center


  • David B. Agus, MD
    Theodore Kurze Lecture, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2017
    Ellis Island Medal of Honor, 2017
  • Amir Goldkorn, MD
    Chair, Prostate Cancer Organ Site Translational Medicine, SWOG
  • Shannon M. Mumenthaler, PhD
    CER Faculty Awardee, Co-Organizer, Women Negotiating for Leadership Success, Sponsored by USC Center for Excellence in Research, USC, Los Angeles
  • David I. Quinn, MD, PhD
    Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Doctors for Prostate Cancer, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
    Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine
    Top Doctor, Pasadena Magazine
    Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who
    Super Doctors

Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

  • Zea Borok, MD
    Elizabeth Rich Award, American Thoracic Society
    Mayo Soley Award, Western Society for Clinical Investigation
    R35, “Beyond the barrier: alveolar epithelial cell biology in health and disease,” National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH
    USC Chapter of National Academy of Inventors
  • Ching-Fei Chang, MD
    First Place Case Report Presentation, Global Lung Health Summit
  • Edward D. Crandall, PhD, MD
    Best Doctors of America
    Extraordinary Achievement in Academics and Science Award, University Kidney Research Center (UKRO)
  • Amy L. Firth, PhD
    Finalist, Professional Achievement Award in the United States, British Council Education UK Alumni Awards
    Winner, Assembly on Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology Carol Basbaum Award
  • Terese C. Hammond, MD
    Top Doctor, Pasadena Magazine
    Top Doctor, Los Angeles Magazine
  • Janice M. Liebler, MD
    SuperDoctors, Pasadena, CA
  • Richard L. Lubman, MD
    Top Doctor, Pasadena Magazine
    Top Doctor, Los Angeles Magazine
  • Bassam Yaghmour, MD
    Appreciation/Honor Teaching Faculty of Third Annual So Cal PCCM Fellows Ultrasound Symposium, Cedars Sinai Medical Center


  • Chaim Jacob, MD, PhD
    R01, “Leukocyte NADPH Oxidase Variants in Lupus,” National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, NIH
  • William Stohl, MD, PhD
    Master, American College of Rheumatology