Karin Bornfeldt, PhD, Receives an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.


Karin Bornfeldt, a professor of medicine and pathology, has received an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. The award will total more than $7.2 million for up to seven years, with about $1 million in the first year.

The award is under the institute's R35 Program, which promotes scientific productivity by giving principal investigators with multiple projects the freedom to conduct research that breaks new ground or extend previous discoveries in heart, lung, blood and sleep research.

Bornfeldt's research project is titled "Identifying New Strategies for Prevention of Cardiovascular Complications of Diabetes."

Bornfeldt is director of the Diabetes Complications Program, deputy director of the Diabetes Research Center and associate director for research of the UW Medicine Diabetes Institute. She serves as associate editor of the journals Circulation Research, Diabetes, and the Journal of Lipid Research.

Read more at the Department of Medicine website.


Kemi Doll: 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health

The National Minority Quality Forum named Kemi Doll, MD, as one of their 2020 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health.

Doll is a gynecologic oncologist in the UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She specializes in the surgical and medical treatment of uterine, ovarian, cervical and vulvar cancers.

Doll and the other recipients will receive their awards at the 2020 National Minority Quality Forum Leadership Summit on Health Disparities and Congressional Black Caucus Spring Health Braintrust Gala Dinner on Tuesday, April 28.


Edwin Lindo, JD, Receives the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award and Zainab Al-Tameemi, MD, MPH, Receives the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award

At the Martin Luther King Jr. tribute, two UW School of Medicine scholars received awards.

Edwin Lindo, JD, was awarded the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award. Lindo works in the Department of Family Medicine and at the UW School of Medicine’s curriculum office. His is involved with the UW School of Medicine Community-Focused Urban Scholars Program (CUSP) — a comprehensive approach to diversifying the School’s student population and addressing WWAMI’s (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) urban underserved physician workforce shortage through pipeline development and community-based medical school training.

Zainab Al-Tameemi, MD, MPH, was awarded the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. Al-Tameemi is a Fulbright fellow and project manager at Iraqi Arab Health Board. She is an advocate for culturally sensitive health services for minority populations in Washington.

James Fausto, MD, 2019 Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program Grant Recipient

James Fausto, MD, associate chief for Palliative Care Service at University of Washington Medical Center and professor in the Department of Family Medicine, received grant funding from the Cambia Heath Foundation’s Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program. The program is designed to identify, cultivate and advance the next generation of palliative care leaders.

Josiah Hanson, MD, Dermatology Resident, Receives LifeCenter’s Monthly LifeSaver Award

Josiah Hanson, MD, a dermatology resident at Harborview Medical Center, received LifeCenter’s monthly LifeSaver Award for his assistance during a recent organ donation case. Due to Hanson’s time-sensitive work, the organ donor was able to gift their lungs, liver and kidneys. Read more: LifeSave Series.

Sarah Walker, PhD, Receives the 2019 Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Health Equity Award

Sarah Walker, PhD, received the 2019 Robert Woods Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Equity Award for The Juvenile Justice Transformation Project.

The Juvenile Justice Transformation Project works to change the juvenile court system by partnering with numerous community organizations to promote social justice for the youth and families affected by the juvenile court system of Pierce County.

UW School of Medicine Faculty Members Receive Global Innovation Award Funding

The Global Innovation Fund (GIF) supports faculty-led initiatives to develop new collaborations and programming with a focus on interdisciplinary and international engagement. Faculty from the UW School of Medicine received a combined $136,890 in award funding:

  • Rachel Bender Ignacio, Medicine: Defining the Burden of Undiagnosed and Untreated HIV in Cancer Patients in 3 Countries
  • Esther Chung, Pediatrics: Rwanda Health Promotion: Summer Learning Program
  • Herbert Duber, Emergency Medicine: UW-AKU Emergency Medicine Exchange Program
  • Jeremy Hess, Emergency Medicine: Effectively Managing the Impact of Increasing Ambient Temperatures on Health Outcomes in Kenya Using Trans-Disciplinary Approaches
  • Mark Harniss, Rehabilitation Medicine: Disability Inclusive Development Initiative: Building an International Collaborative 
  • John Lynch and Rupali JainMedicine: Antimicrobial Stewardship Training for Kenyan Clinicians and Pharmacists
  • James Mullins, Microbiology: OmniVerse: A Flexible Database for Tracking Data and Samples From the Bedside, to the Bench, to Bioinformatics
  • Barclay Stewart, Surgery and Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, Katie Nielson, Pediatrics, and Tam Pham, Surgery and Regional Burn Center: Cookstove-Related BURN Injury Investigations in Nepal and Ghana (BURNING)
  • Jody Waldron and Sri Josyula, Medicine, John Harlan, Hematology Oncology: Partnership in Palliative Care

Fiona Gallahue, MD, Wins the 2020 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) selected Fiona Gallahue, MD, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at the UW School of Medicine, as one of the winners of the 2020 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award. Gallahue is now one of 15 individuals at the UW School of Medicine who have won this award.

UW Medical Center Receives Women’s Choice Award

UW Medical Center has been awarded the 2020 Women’s Choice Award based on outstanding achievements in clinical excellence and patient experience. The goal of this award program is to help women identify the best hospitals for their healthcare.