Departmental Awards

Each year at the Annual Graduation Dinner, members of the Department of Surgery are recognized for their contributions to the residency and department. Please see a list of past award recipients below.

CHAIRMAN'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION
An annual award presented by the Chairman to a resident who personifies exemplary organization, articulation, introspection and humility:
In Honor of Jerry Dean Mohr, MD, FACS

Award Recipient Year of Award
1st Place (tie): Ryan Douglas Eubanks, DO
1st Place (tie): Brano Djenic, MD
3rd Place (tie): Lisa Marie Winton, MD
3rd Place (tie): Carmen Elena Flores, MD
2016-2017
1st Place: Melissa Red Hoffman, MD
2nd Place: Carmen Elena Flores, MD
3rd Place: Lauren Ilona Wikholm, MD
2015-2016
1st Place: Mark Michaels Levin, MD
2nd Place: Jarvis Wayne Walters, DO
3rd Place Tie: Lisa Marie Winton, MD
3rd Place Tie: Layla Marie Shanah, MD
2014-2015
1st Place: Lyndsay Ann Deeter, MD
2nd Place: Nicholas David Harrel, MD
3rd Place Tie: Lisa Marie Winton, MD
3rd Place Tie: Kate Johnson, DPM
2013-2014
1st Place: Anne Klemens, MD
2nd Place: Melissa Hoffman, MD
3rd Place Tie: Ali Wait, MD
3rd Place Tie: Mark Levin, MD
2012-2013
1st Place: Judianne Walker, MD
2nd Place: Karole Davis, MD
3rd Place Tie: Steven Leeds, MD
3rd Place Tie: Melissa Hoffman, MD
2011-2012

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THE GOLDEN SCALPEL AWARD - "Excellence in Teaching"
Annual Award Presented to an Outstanding Surgeon, In Recognition of His/Her Contributions Towards the Teaching of Surgical Residents at Maricopa Medical Center:

Award Recipient Year of Award
Robert M. Dixon, MD, FACS 2016-2017
Tammy Robin Kopelman, MD, FACS 2015-2016
Randy W. Oppenheimer, MD 2014-2015
Kevin N. Foster, MD, MBA, FACS 2013-2014
Ian K. Komenaka, MD, FACS 2012-2013
Eric L. Thomas, MD
Paola G. Pieri, MD, FACS
2011-2012
Patrick J. O'Neill, PhD, MD, FACS 2010-2011
Sydney J. Vail, MD, FACS 2009-2010
Kevin N. Foster, MD, MBA, FACS 2008-2009
Jordy Cox, MD 2007-2008
Jordy Cox, MD 2006-2007
Kevin N. Foster, MD 2005-2006
Birger Rhenman, MD 2004-2005
Lee Swanstrom, MD, FACS 2003-2004
Kevin McGeever, MD 2002-2003
Marco V. Canulla, MD 2001-2002
Andrew Kassir, MD 2000-2001
Andrew Kassir, MD 1999-2000
Daniel Caruso, MD 1998-1999
Peter Ferrara, MD 1997-1998
Peter Ferrara, MD 1996-1997
Terry Simpson, MD 1995-1996
Terry Simpson, MD 1994-1995
Jerry D. Mohr, MD 1993-1994
Jerry D. Mohr, MD 1992-1993
T.J. Bunt, MD 1991-1992
T.J Bunt, MD 1990-1991
Jerry D. Mohr, MD 1989-1990
T.J. Bunt, MD 1988-1989
T.J. Bunt, MD 1997-1998

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RICHARD E. GEORGE "INTERN OF THE YEAR"
An Annual Award Presented by the Attendings and Residents to the Outstading Intern of the Year: In Honor of Richard E. George, M.D., Surgery Attending at Maricopa Medical Center (1981-1995)

Award Recipient Year of Award
Christopher Mellon, DO 2016-2017
Anushi Shah, MD 2015-2016
Joel Christoper VanderVelde, MD 2014-2015
Jarvis Wayne Walters, DO 2013-2014
Ryan Douglas Eubanks, DO 2012-2013
Brant E. Kirk, MD 2011-2012
Melissa Red Hoffman, MD 2010-2011
Lyndsay Olsen, MD 2009-2010
Lorenzo Machado, MD 2008-2009
Gina Shirah, MD 2007-2008
Michael Higgins, MD 2006-2007
Sabrina King, MD
Marc O'Cleireachain, MD
2005-2006
Valerie Vigil, MD 2004-2005
Kevin Potter, DO 2003-2004
Danielle Young, MD 2002-2003
David Yao, MD 2001-2002
David Shafer, MD 2000-2001
Gagandeep Singh, MD 1999-2000
John Brown, MD 1998-1999
Charles W. Perry, MD 1997-1998
Paul Girard, MD 1996-1997
Marc Robert Matthews, MD 1995-1996
Mazin Al-Kasspooles, MD 1994-1995

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HAL W. PITTMAN "PRELIMINARY INTERN OF THE YEAR"
An Annual Award Presented by the Attendings and Residents to the Outstading Preliminary Intern of the Year:
In Honor of Hal W. Pittman, M.D., Surgery Attending at Maricopa Medical Center (1997-2003)

Award Recipient Year of Award
Karim Jreije, DO 2016-2017
Luke Anthony Byers, MD 2015-2016
Daniela Cocco, MD 2014-2015
Fidel Alexis Acevedo-Echevarria, MD 2013-2014
Travis Todd McKenzie, DO 2012-2013
Enoch H. Chang, MD 2011-2012
Amar G. Patel, MD 2010-2011
Sean G. Crane, MD 2009-2010
Naveed Tahir, MD 2008-2009
Lyndon Dieter, MD 2007-2008
Karole Davis, MD 2006-2007
Le Le, DO 2005-2006
Nichole Taylor, MD 2004-2005
Christopher Delbridge, DO 2003-2004

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HARRY W. HALE, JR. - A SURGERY AWARD
Awarded to the Year's Surgical Resident Who Represents the Ideals of an Outstanding Surgeon:
In Honor of Harry W. Hale, Jr., M.D., Surgery Attending at Maricopa Medical Center (1969-1992) & Chairman of the Department of Surgery (1969-1986)

Award Recipient Year of Award
Brano Djenic, MD 2016-2017
Brano Djenic, MD 2015-2016
Mark Michaels Levin, MD 2014-2015
Lyndsay Anne Deeter, MD 2013-2014
Anne Elizabeth Klemens, MD 2012-2013
Karole Marie Davis, MD 2011-2012
Michael Scarth Higgins, MD 2010-2011
Samuel L. Saltz, DO 2009-2010
Scott Swanson, MD 2008-2009
Kevin Potter, DO 2007-2008
Tayyab Diwan, MD
Michael Freeman, DO
2006-2007
Orazio Amabile, MD 2005-2006
David M. Shafer, MD 2004-2005
Molly Walsh, DO 2003-2004
Brian Prebil, DO 2002-2003
Terry Maffi, MD 2001-2002
Gagandeep Singh, MD 2000-2001
Mehdi Mazaheri, MD 1999-2000
Marc Matthews, MD 1998-1999
Zsolt Stockinger, MD 1997-1998
Scott Sagraves, MD 1996-1997
Marco V. Canulla, MD 1995-1996

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THOMAS E. VANSANT "MIDLEVEL PROVIDER OF THE YEAR"
An Annual Award Presented by the Residents to the Outstading Midlevel Provider of the Year:
In Honor of Thomas E. VanSant, M.D., Chief, Otolaryngology at Maricopa Medical Center (1985-2005)

Award Recipient Year of Award
Sharon Kary, NP 2016-2017
Noelle Rosenkrans, PA-C 2015-2016
Lizabeth Starkey, PA-C 2014-2015
Brett M. Mayne, PA-C 2013-2014
Steven E. Mouch, PA-C 2012-2013
Michael E. Deeter, PA-C 2011-2012
Monica L. Sackrider, CST 2010-2011
Stacey Lawrence, PA-C 2009-2010
Vijaysing Vasadia, PA-C 2008-2009
Maggie Roberts, PA 2007-2008
Maggie Roberts, PA 2006-2007
Jennifer Wall, PA-C 2005-2006
Bonnie Stroschein, NP 2004-2005

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MACDONALD WOOD AWARD
An Annual Award Presented to An Attending for Endless Dedication to the Surgical Department and Who Not Only Embodies the Concept of an Academic Surgeon, but Also Represents the Ideal Physician:
In Honor of MacDonald Wood, M.D., Surgery Attending (1956-1992), Chairman of the Department of Surgery (1956-1960, 1962-1969) & Director of the Burn Unit (1965-1977) at Maricopa Medical Center

Award Recipient Year of Award
Kevin N. Foster, MD, FACS 2016-2017
James N. Bogert, MD 2015-2016
Andrew A. Kassir, MD, FACS 2014-2015
Paul Zidel, MD, MS, FACS 2013-2014
Steven H. Miller, MD, FACS 2012-2013
Iman Feiz-Erfan, MD 2011-2012
Walter W. Schell, MD, FACS 2010-2011
Tammy R. Kopelman, MD, FACS 2009-2010
Adyr A. Moss, MD 2008-2009
Jordy Cox, MD 2007-2008
Jordy Cox, MD 2006-2007
Daniel M. Caruso, MD 2005-2006
Marc R. Matthews, MD 2004-2005
Mazin Al-Kasspooles, MD
Marc R. Matthews, MD
2003-2004
Kevin N. Foster, MD 2002-2003
Kevin N. Foster, MD 2001-2002
Daniel M. Caruso, MD 2000-2001
Daniel M. Caruso, MD 1999-2000
Marco Canulla, MD 1998-1999
Daniel E. Wesche, MD 1997-1998
Jose deGuzman, MD 1996-1997

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AMBASSADOR OF MEDICAL ETHICS: Dedicated in Memory of Rick Weimer, MD, FACS
His level of integrity and ethical standards were impeccable, elevating his residents to greater heights.
In Honor of Rich Weimar, MD, FACS; Chief, Plastic Surgery at Maricopa Medical Center (1990-1998)
An Annual Award Presented to a Physician of Admirable Character, Who is Compassionate, Moral and of High Integrity

Award Recipient Year of Award
Ryan Douglas Eubanks, DO 2016-2017
Ryan Douglas Eubanks, DO 2015-2016
Melissa Red Hoffman, MD 2014-2015
Josh Bruce Knolhoff, MD
Melissa Red Hoffman, MD
2013-2014
Lorenzo Machado, MD 2012-2013
Steven G. Leeds, MD 2011-2012
Michael Scarth Higgins, MD 2010-2011
Gina Renteria Shirah, MD 2009-2010
Karole Davis, MD 2008-2009
Karole Davis, MD 2007-2008
Mary Lumpkin, MD 2006-2007
Scott Swanson, MD 2005-2006
David M. Shafer, MD 2004-2005
Brenda Kaliappan, DO 2003-2004
Latara Demps, MD 2002-2003
Molly Walsh, DO
Gagandeep Singh, MD
2001-2002
Terry Maffi, MD 2000-2001
Clifford Smith, MD 1999-2000
Leaza Dierwechter, MD 1998-1999
Marc R. Matthews, MD 1997-1998

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