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OAA National Award Recipients

David M. Worthen Awards for Excellence in Health Professions Education

The David M. Worthen Award was not presented 2017–2019 and was expanded in 2020 to three categories: Rising Star, Innovator, and Career Achievement in Health Professions Education.

2022 Rising Star | Laura Zambrano-Vazquez, PhD
Program Manager, Director of Training, Education & Dissemination Core, VISN 17 Heart of Texas Health Care Network Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans

2022 Innovator | Laura Caputo, MD
Hospitalist at the Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina

2022 Career Achievement Award | Bradley "Vince" Watts, MD, MPH
Director of the Rural Health Resource Center, VHA Office of Rural Health

2021 Rising Star | Andrew Grock, MD
Staff Emergency Medicine Physician, VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System, Los Angeles, California

2021 Innovator | Jessica Feinleib, MD, PhD, CHSE, FASA
Staff Anesthesiologist, VA Connecticut Health Care System, VHA SimLEARN Out of Operating Room Aireway Management National Course Director

2021 Career Achievement Award | Ismene Petrakis, MD
Chief of Mental Health Services, VA Connecticut Health Care System

2020 Rising Star | Deborah DiNardo, MD, MS
Director of Women's Health and Internist, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2020 Innovator | David Topor, PhD, MS-HPEd
Associate Director, Healthcare Professional Education at VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts

2020 Career Achievement Award | Joyce Wipf, MD, MACP
Section Chief for General Internal Medicine at VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, Washington

2016 | Thomas K. Houston II, MD, MPH
Director, eHealth Quality Enhancement Research Institute, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, Massachusetts

2015 | Jessica L. Hamblen, PhD
Acting Deputy Executive Director, National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, White River Junction, Vermont

2014 | Curtis Scott Smith, MD
Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education Co-Director and Residency Director, Boise VA Medical Center, Boise, Idaho

2013 | Betty Jo Kramer, PhD
Director for Education and Evaluation of the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, California

2012 | Stephen McCutcheon, PhD
Director of Psychology Training Programs, VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, Seattle, Washington

2010 | Linda S. Godleski, MD
Associate Chief of Staff for Academic Affiliations, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, Connecticut

2008 | Grant W. Cannon, MD
Associate Chief of Staff for Academic Affiliations, George E. Whalen VA Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

2007 | David C. Aron, MD, MS
Associate Chief of Staff for Education, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio

2006 | Robert D. Kerns, PhD
VA Health Care System, West Haven, Connecticut

2004 | Phyllis A. Guze, MD
VA Health Care Center, Los Angeles, California

2003 | David M. Gaba, MD
Staff Physician, Palo Alto VA Healthcare System, Palo Alto, California

2002 | Pangiota V. Caralis, MD, JD
Associate Chief Medical Service, Chief General Medicine, Miami VA Medical Center, Miami, Florida

2002 | Colleen M. West, PhD
Clinical Psychologist, Miami VA Medical Center, Miami, Florida

2002 | James Hallenbeck, MD
Chief, Palliative Care Services, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California

2001 | Lawrence M. Tierney, MD
Associate Chief, Medical Service, VA Medical Center, San Francisco, California

2000 | Barbara K. Chang, MD
VA Medical Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico

1999 | Frank Q. Nuttall, MD, PhD
VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1998 | Gordon L. Snider, MD
VA Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts

1997 | Marvin Schleisinger, MD
VA Medical Center, San Francisco, California

1993 | Robert C. Frymier, MD
VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio

1991 | Daphne K. Hare, MD
VA Central Office, Washington, D.C.

1990 | Lyla J. Campbell, PhD
VA Medical Center, Loma Linda, California

1989 | Ernest M. Barsamian, MD
VA Medical Center Brockton/West Roxbury, Massachusetts

1988 | Francis A. Zacharewicz, MD
VA Medical Center, St. Louis, Missouri