The Master Clinician Award is given in recognition of a faculty member who has consistently demonstrated clinical excellence by providing compassionate, high quality patient care while demonstrating collegiality and sharing knowledge and expertise with others. These characteristics define this year's recipient, Paula Jo Malin, M.D.
Malin, associate professor of psychiatry, began her career with Creighton in 1983. Since then, she has achieved clinical excellence in the field of psychosomatic medicine, a very challenging subspecialty in psychiatry which interfaces with several medical and surgical specialties. Her years of experience in this subspecialty has earned her several local, regional and national accolades and bears testimony to her stellar reputation in the field of psychiatry. Notwithstanding her vast knowledge of medical and psychiatric conditions, Malin's special expertise in psycho-pharmacology of the medically ill, psychonephrology and women's health is much sought after by both medical and surgical specialists.
She is a strong advocate for her patients and goes above and beyond to help them navigate continuums of care and her cultural sensitivity in working with patients and family members of diverse backgrounds is highly commendable. She has graciously given her time and talents in support of the educational mission of the School of Medicine by significantly contributing to the education of Creighton's medical students and residents. She is an obvious choice for mentorship for those considering a career in medicine. Malin is a true asset to the Creighton community and we are very fortunate to have her on the faculty of the School of Medicine.
Nancy Hanson, Ph.D., professor of medical microbiology and immunology, is the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Research Career Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize and support a senior faculty member who has demonstrated significant achievement in research in their academic career. Hanson joined Creighton in 1995 and since has achieved significant national and international recognition as a scholar and proved herself many times over not only as an excellent scientist but also as a teacher, mentor, and member of the Creighton community. She is a role model for our entire faculty but especially for women seeking to excel in science. Hanson has an impressive level of scholarly activity with regard to publications, presentations, patents, and research grant activity. She is a sought-after reviewer by multiple peer-reviewed journals and granting agencies including NIH. She is currently at her highest level ever for extramural grant funding and with the recent difficulties in obtaining extramural funding, this continued success speaks highly of the quality and significance of her work. Hanson clearly represents what one would expect of someone deserving of this award.
Hanson has an impressive level of scholarly activity with regard to publications, presentations, patents, and research grant activity.
She is a sought-after reviewer by multiple peer-reviewed journals and granting agencies including NIH. She is currently at her highest level ever for extramural grant funding and with the recent difficulties in obtaining extramural funding, this continued success speaks highly of the quality and significance of her work. Hanson clearly represents what one would expect of someone deserving of this award.
Gary Gorby, M.D., associate professor of medicine and medical microbiology and immunology, is this year's recipient of the Distinguished CME Educator Award. Gorby serves on the Creighton University Biosafety Committee and has an active interest in applying computer technology for designing interactive lectures and websites. He has received the Innovate Use of Instructional Technology Award from Creighton University and was the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award from Northeastern Ohio Universities' College of Medicine.
He has been the program director and presenter for the Infectious Diseases Symposium for many years. This symposium is recognized for its excellent content that is directed to healthcare professionals throughout the region. He is also the program director for the Biopreparedness Symposium that is held in various locations throughout Nebraska, teaching health professionals the current techniques for managing a crisis situation. He receives consistently high evaluations for his presentations and is a respected speaker by his colleagues and symposium attendees.