UA College of Medicine – Tucson Recognizes Best in Clinical Excellence Among Faculty

To recognize and celebrate exemplary patient care, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has established the Clinical Excellence Awards. This year, 10 college faculty members were recognized

“I am pleased to launch the first annual Clinical Excellence Awards  at our college,” said Irving L. Kron, MD, interim dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. “These awards were conceived to recognize exceptional faculty members who exceed all standards of clinical excellence and inspire us regarding how we should serve and care for patients.”

Physicians at the assistant or associate professor level were nominated by their colleagues in September. Nominees underwent rigorous review and were evaluated for their consistency in delivering exceptional clinical care; outstanding ability to assist and share expertise with colleagues; encouragement of medical students and residents to express ideas and ask questions; and use of innovative methods to assure positive clinical outcomes.

Awardees also were selected for their sincere compassion for patients and humanistic approach to patient care and interactions with other health-care professionals. This year’s 10 recipients are:

Bujji Ainapurapu, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine

Erika Bracamonte, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine and Pathology

Bobby Kalb, MD
Associate Professor, Medical Imaging

Aaron Leetch, MD
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics

Ann Mathias, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Jessica Moreno, MD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Kareem Walid Shehab, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Andrew L. Tang, MD
Associate Professor, Surgery

Monica Vandivort, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine

Tirdad Zangeneh, DO
Associate Professor, Medicine

Recipients will be recognized formally with a plaque and monetary award on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson General Faculty Meeting. The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. in the UA Cancer Center’s Kiewit Auditorium.

About the UA College of Medicine – Tucson

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is shaping the future of medicine through state-of-the-art medical education programs, groundbreaking research and advancements in patient care in Arizona and beyond. Founded in 1967, the college boasts more than 50 years of innovation, ranking among the top medical schools in the nation for research and primary care. Through the university’s partnership with Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country, the college is leading the way in academic medicine. For more information, please visit

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10/25/2018 - 4:30am
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