The Special Dean’s Awards, established during the 1989-90 academic year, honor special achievements by Penn faculty members, particularly in the development of new and innovative educational programs. The Vice Dean for Education, in consultation with the Teaching Awards Selection Committee, identifies faculty members who have made unique contributions to medical education at Penn during the previous year.
Drs. Peter F. Davies, James Gee and Andrew D. Maidment are recognized for their leadership of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)—National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Interface Scholars PhD training program that vertically integrates medical school coursework with advanced graduate courses and labs in imaging science. The program was established following receipt of the HHMI Interfaces award in 2006. Trainees are currently associated with the BGS-affiliated Bioengineering graduate group. Drs. Davies and Gee are also directors of interdisciplinary NIH T32 training grants from NHLBI and NIBIB. The recipients wish to recognize Dr. Ann Tiao, staff associate director of the program, who has also been instrumental in its success.
Dr. Davies, Robinette Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and professor of pathology and lab medicine, is a leading cardiovascular and cell biomechanics investigator who has been instrumental in establishing innovative cross-School research and educational initiatives through the Institute for Medicine and Engineering as its founding director (1996-2010).
Dr. Gee, associate professor of radiologic science and computer and information science, is internationally recognized for his work in biomedical image analysis and computing with emphasis in the neurosciences, areas in which he leads several university-wide research programs and resources as well as international collaborative initiatives.
Dr. Maidment, associate professor of radiology, is an expert in x-ray imaging physics. As chief of the physics section, he leads research in the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer, including development of novel radiographic imaging devices and imaging agents, breast imaging modeling and breast cancer image analysis. Dr. Maidment is extensively involved in resident and graduate education.