Miller School Students Honor Inspirational Instructors at 2019 Paff Teaching Awards Ceremony

In teaching urology to Miller School students, Ranjith Ramasamy, M.D., strives to make the learning experience as interactive as possible. “Our students have many things going on each day so it’s vital to get them engaged and involved in our classes,” said Dr. Ramasamy, who is assistant professor of urology and director of male reproductive medicine and surgery.

Dr. Ramasamy was among a select group of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine faculty members recognized at the 2019 George Paff Teaching Awards Ceremony on April 29 for their ability to impart knowledge, inspire students, and provide guidance.

“It’s an honor to receive my first teaching award,” said Dr. Ramasamy, who was also honored with the J. Donald Temple, M.D., Unsung Hero Award for his unwavering service and commitment to medical education. The award honors Dr. Temple, a legendary associate professor of medicine and record holder of previous Paff Awards.

Henri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A., dean and chief academic officer of the Miller School, spoke about the importance of honoring excellence in teaching. “Great teachers recognize that all students are different and use their skills to meet the needs of every learner,” he said. “We thank them for their dedication, passion and commitment to helping our students become transformational leaders in the field of medicine.”

Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., professor of medicine, Bernard J. Fogel Chair in Medical Education, and senior associate dean for undergraduate medical education, introduced the school’s pioneering professor of anatomy, George H. Paff, Ph.D. “Dr. Paff was a true performer, who made things intelligible and simple for his students,” said Dr. Mechaber.

The event was organized by first- and second-year students on the Paff Awards Committee: Edward Hadeler, Marina Perper, Khushali Shah, John Tsatalis, Ashley Vander Does and Shannon Wagner. “We focused on students’ comments and reflections in recognizing these exceptional teachers and mentors,” said Hadeler.

The following faculty members were recognized at the ceremony, along with a medical resident. Two fourth-year students were honored with the Janet Canterbury and Thomas Crowder awards for their service and commitment to the school in the spirit of Dr. Janet Canterbury, former deputy dean for medical education, and the late Reverend Thomas Crower, former associate dean for student affairs.

M.D./M.P.H. Class of 2022

  • Douglas Broadfield, Ph.D., associate professor of cell biology

M.D. Class of 2022

  • Thomas Champney, Ph.D., associate professor of cell biology and anatomy
  • Carmen Gomez-Fernandez, M.D., professor of clinical pathology
  • Richard Riley, Ph.D., professor of microbiology

M.D./M.P.H. Class of 2021

  • Pasquale W. Benedetto, M.D., professor of medicine

M.D. Class of 2021

  • Ellen Barrett, Ph.D., professor of physiology
  • Warren Kupin, M.D., professor of medicine
  • Daniel Sussman, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine

M.D. Class of 2020

  • Amiethab Aiyer, M.D., assistant professor of orthopedic surgery
  • Jorge Garcia, M.D., assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology
  • Ranjith Ramasamy, M.D., assistant professor of urology

M.D. Class of 2019

  • Amiethab Aiyer, M.D., assistant professor of orthopedic surgery
  • Joseph Esterson, M.D., professor of medicine
  • Yolanda Reyes-Iglesias, M.D., assistant professor of clinical neurology

George Paff Resident Award

  • Kofi Agyeman M.D., resident physician in orthopaedic surgery

Temple Unsung Hero Award

  • Ranjith Ramasamy, M.D.

Janet Canterbury Award – Fourth-Year Student

  • Megan McSherry

Thomas Crowder Award – Fourth-Year Student

  • Jonathan Sheu

Pictures from the Paff Teaching Awards Ceremony can be found here.

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