7 UTHSC faculty receive Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

SAN ANTONIO (June 18, 2015) — Seven distinguished members of the faculty at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have been selected to receive the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas System. The award is the foremost teaching honor in the System and recognizes excellence of the highest degree, William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the Health Science Center, said in an announcement today (Thursday).

With a monetary award of $25,000, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards are among the largest in the nation for rewarding outstanding faculty performance.

The selectees are:

Y.W. Francis Lam, Pharm.D., professor, Department of Pharmacology.

John Lee, Ph.D., professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Biochemistry.

Robert J. Nolan Jr., M.D., professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education.

Jean Petershack, M.D., professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Pediatrics.

Omid Rahimi, Ph.D., associate professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Cellular and Structural Biology.

Rajeev Suri, M.D., associate professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Radiology.

Karen Troendle, D.D.S., M.P.H., professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Comprehensive Dentistry.

“These innovative and inspirational educators are indicative of the culture of teaching excellence for which the Health Science Center is known,” Dr. Henrich said. “This recognition by the Board of Regents is well deserved.”

“These amazing educators are responsible for helping to prepare the next generation of great leaders,” Regents Chairman Paul Foster said. “With a total award of more than $1.9 million dollars this year, no other university system in the nation is making this kind of an investment in rewarding outstanding faculty. The efforts of these faculty members significantly enhance the educational experiences of our students and the UT Board of Regents is pleased to have this opportunity to honor them.”

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