2021 Alumni Achievement Award
George Brian Bartley, ’81 MD
George Brian Bartley has a record of leadership in the field of ophthalmology and hospital administration. Bartley is CEO of the American Board of Ophthalmology, CEO Emeritus of Mayo Clinic in Florida, the Louis and Evelyn Krueger Professor of Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic, and the 2020 Laureate of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Bartley began his career in 1986, when he joined the Department of Ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic – Rochester, where he served as department chair for 10 years. In 2001 he was elected to the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors and a year later named CEO of Mayo’s operations in Florida, building a state-of-the-art hospital, where he doubled extramural funding for research, exceeded fundraising targets, and achieved the highest patient satisfaction scores of any Mayo site. U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital as #1 in the state.
In 2009, Bartley resumed his surgical practice at Mayo Clinic – Rochester and authored or coauthored more than 300 publications. He went on to serve in senior roles with numerous specialty organizations and renowned ophthalmology journals, including as editor-in-chief of Ophthalmology. He currently serves on the Foundation Advisory Board of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Walter H. Kaye, ’70 MD
Walter H. Kaye is an international expert on eating disorders and a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Founder and executive director of the UCSD Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Program, Kaye is also vice chair of Clinical Strategies and co-director of the Clinical Division.
After completing his neurology and psychiatry training, Kaye worked as a fellow and research physician at the National Institute of Mental Health for seven years where he conducted research on appetite regulation, behavior and treatment for eating disorders. He went on to serve on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh for 20 years before joining UCSD.
Today, Kaye is the PI of the first large-scale international collaborative study of the genetics of anorexia nervosa. He has been funded by numerous NIH and foundation grants and has authored more than 400 publications. Kaye’s current research explores the brain-behavior relationship by integrating imaging approaches with behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, and genetics. He hopes to use these new insights to develop more effective psychotherapies and medication for anorexia and bulimia nervosa.
2021 Alumni Service Award
Sheryl A. Pfeil, ’84 MD
Sheryl A. Pfeil has contributed significantly to medical education and clinical competency during her tenure as professor of Clinical Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. When she joined the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition in 1990, she was the first woman faculty member.
She continues to maintain a busy clinical practice, performing endoscopic procedures and treating patients with a variety of digestive diseases. She has been recognized for her clinical work as an inductee into the Mazzaferri Ellison Society of Master Clinicians and by the Best Doctors of America for the last 14 years.
An educator and prior recipient of the Master Teacher Award, Pfeil currently serves as the director of medical student gastroenterology teaching as well as the director of Competency for Personal and Professional Development at the college. She also serves as the medical director of the Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center and teaches a master’s level course for physician educators on how to use simulation in teaching. Having a long history of professional service, Pfeil has held a variety of board positions locally and nationally, and within numerous societies, including Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Gastroenterological Association and the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
2021 Community Alumni Award
Theodore E. Wymyslo, ’79 MD
Theodore E. (Ted) Wymyslo is a leader whose tireless advocacy to integrate public health and primary care to improve population health has made that possible for underserved patients.
With over 30 years as a clinician, Wymyslo has used his leadership roles in family practice residency training, medical student teaching, local and state professional associations, free clinic and homeless shelter health care delivery, and public health to develop the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) across Ohio and nationwide. A past director of the Ohio Department of Health (2011-2014), Wymyslo also helped lead the development of statewide opioid prescribing guidelines, modernization of maternity and newborn nursery rules, the mandated accreditation for all local Ohio health departments, and interventions to address the infant mortality challenge.
Today he serves as the senior medical advisor of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers, with 57 federally qualified health center members serving over 850,000 patients. Wymyslo sits on the BetterHealth Partnership Board of Trustees and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Advisory Board and has received numerous service and leadership recognition awards, including the first Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Primary Care Community Leadership Award, the Ohio State Medical Association 2014 Physician Advocate of the Year Award, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials 2011 State Innovation Award for Infant Mortality efforts.
2021 Early Career Achievement Award
Yogen Kanthi, ’05 MD
Yogen Kanthi is a Lasker Investigator at the National Institutes of Health and a practicing vascular medicine specialist and cardiologist at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). He also co-directs the Vascular Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Michigan Medical School.
Kanthi joined the NHLBI as a Lasker Scholar to build a translational vascular medicine research program. His team in the Laboratory of Vascular Thrombosis and Inflammation, working with collaborators, has made several seminal discoveries in COVID-19 pathology, including being the first to identify prothrombotic autoantibodies in patients with COVID-19.
His long-term goal as a physician scientist is to develop new treatments for highly morbid venous diseases that affect millions of people each year.
Kanthi’s deep interest in finding such treatments for patients began after he completed his fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and vascular medicine at the University of Michigan. Since he joined the Michigan faculty in 2014, he has made venous thrombosis and peripheral vascular disease the focus of his translational research laboratory. He has been awarded a Young Physician Scientist Award by the American Society of Clinical Investigation.
Leena Nahata, ’06 MD
Leena Nahata’s early career success has already made her an international expert on fertility preservation and pediatric reproductive health. An associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist, Nahata is founder and medical director of the Fertility and Reproductive Health Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which is now among the most preeminent programs in the country. She completed her pediatrics residency at Lurie Children’s Hospital/Northwestern University and her pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
As an NIH-funded principal investigator in the Center for Biobehavioral Health at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute, Nahata is leading and collaborating on several clinical research studies focused on improving reproductive and psychosocial outcomes in pediatric populations at risk for infertility. In 2019 she received an NIH/National Cancer Institute K08 career development award to develop a novel family-centered fertility preservation decision tool for adolescent males with cancer.
She has authored over 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, serves as the chair of the Pediatric Initiative Network of the Oncofertility Consortium, and contributes to fertility guidelines sponsored by several major pediatrics organizations
2021 Faculty Teaching Award
Julie Y. Bishop, MD
Julie Bishop’s passion for teaching is advancing orthopedic training nationwide. A full professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Bishop is chief of the Division of Shoulder Surgery and vice chair of Finance and Compensation for the Department of Orthopaedics.
Bishop received her MD in 1997 with research honors from Cornell University Medical School in New York City, and completed her orthopedic residency at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Upon completing fellowships at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York (shoulder) and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (visiting sports medicine), Bishop practiced privately for two years.
In 2004, she joined the Department of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. From 2007 to 2017, Bishop directed the Med-1 and Med-2 musculoskeletal blocks, and became the driving force behind the creation of the MSK Learn.Serve.Inspire. curriculum, which garnered her four Ohio State educational awards, including the Department of Orthopaedics Educator of the Year award three times. She has also been inducted into the American Orthopaedic Association, representing the top 5% of orthopedic educational leaders nationally. In 2015, she was also recognized for her collaborative approach with nursing, receiving the Physician Champion of Nursing Award.
Douglas Danforth, PhD
Douglas Danforth is associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the The Ohio State University College of Medicine where he has taught since shortly after arriving in 1991 as a basic biomedical researcher.
A senior scientist in the Division of Reproductive Biology and Vaccine Research, Danforth increasingly shifted his interests from research toward medical education. In 2008, Danforth became program director for the Independent Study Pathway for Med 1-2 students and served in that role until 2012, when he became the academic program director in the first two years of the Lead.Serve.Inspire. curriculum.
Danforth has received a number of Ohio State awards recognizing his teaching and service, including the Ohio State College of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award, the Outstanding Teaching Award, the Preclinical Professor of the Year Award and the ISP Professor of the Year Award. In 2008, Ohio Magazine honored him with the Ohio Distinguished Educator Award.
His lab has obtained research funding in medical education research from a variety of agencies including the NIH, the Edward J. Stemmler Education Research Fund, the National Science Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.