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- Daniel S. Berman, MD
- Victor Gura, MD
- Waguih William IsHak, MD
- Heather Jones, MD
- Chrisandra Shufelt, MD
- Allan W. Silberman, MD, PhD

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Daniel S. Berman, MD

Daniel S. Berman, MD, has been named recipient of the Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award for his contributions to the nuclear medicine profession. Berman was presented the award by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging – an international scientific and medical organization – during its 2012 Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Fla.  This award is the most prestigious award given by the society.

“Dr. Berman has contributed greatly to the field of nuclear cardiology and is responsible for creating the largest and most extensively studied patient database in cardiac imaging,” said George Segall, MD, 2011–12 president of the society. “Having received more than $23 million in research grants throughout his career, he has been credited for a great number of innovations that have become standard in today’s clinical practice of nuclear cardiology. He has changed the way we practice nuclear medicine and molecular imaging for the better.”

Considered one of the founding fathers of nuclear cardiology, Berman is chief of Cardiac Imaging and Nuclear Cardiology at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center. He also serves as medical director of the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Program at Cedars-Sinai and is a professor of Imaging at Cedars-Sinai.

Victor Gura, MD

Victor Gura MDVictor Gura, MD, an attending internist and nephrologist, was awarded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the inclusion of his invention, the Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK), into the FDA’s End Stage Renal Disease Innovation Challenge. The award is intended to accelerate FDA approval of the WAK to market.

The WAK underwent two successful trials in Europe. The first U.S. human trial is scheduled for this fall. Research on the WAK started a decade ago in the Davis Building at Cedars-Sinai.

Waguih William IsHak, MD

Waguih William IsHak, MD, recently received the Nancy C.A. Roeske, MD, Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education, a national award given by the American Psychiatric Association. It is given annually to association members and fellows who have made outstanding and sustaining contributions to medical student education.

IsHak is director of the Psychiatry Residency Training Program and Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai. He is also an Associate Clinical professor of Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai and UCLA.

Heather Jones, MD, and Chrisandra Shufelt, MD

Heather Jones, MD, medical director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, and Chrisandra Shufelt, MD, assistant director at the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center and director of the Advanced Preventive Women's Clinic, have received 2012 UCLA Clinical Translational Science Institute Scholars Awards. They will each receive $30,000.

The CTSI Scholars Program is funded through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards program of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The program's mission is to improve health by enhancing the efficiency and quality of clinical and translational research. The awards, given to junior faculty within their first three years of appointment, support training in translational research in all areas of investigation.

Allan W. Silberman, MD, PhD

Allan W. Silberman, MD, PhD, recently received the Golden Apple Award for excellence in resident teaching by the Department of Surgery at its surgical graduation dinner in June. The honor is the highest teaching award that the Department of Surgery bestows.

Silberman is an attending physician at Cedars-Sinai with offices in the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center. He is clinical chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and holds the Robert J. and Suzanne Gottlieb Chair in Surgical Oncology.