Congratulations to the 2023 Presidential Awards recipients

Every day, our employees work tirelessly to advance our missions of education, research, clinical care and community service. Established in 1985, the Presidential Excellence Awards recognize exemplary performance by individuals who consistently excel in their positions and demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission and core values of UT Health San Antonio. The annual awards provide the university the opportunity to recognize outstanding faculty and staff contributions.

Many deserving faculty and staff were recently nominated to be honored with a Presidential Excellence Award for demonstrating exceptional service in their respective fields. I am grateful to the selection committees, led by Jacqueline Mok, PhD, Vice President for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, and Danielle McDavid, PHR, Strategic Human Resources Partner, in the Office of Human Resources, for their careful review of those nominated and their selection of the following awardees.

Please join me in congratulating our 2023 Presidential Excellence Award recipients who will be honored with a plaque and cash award during an April dinner.

Distinguished Research Scholar

Ratna K. Vadlamudi, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Division of Reproductive Research, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Long School of Medicine

Clinical Excellence

Shweta Bansal, MD, FASN, Professor/Clinical, Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Long School of Medicine

Karen Schwab, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS, Associate Professor/Clinical and Director of Pediatric Services – Wellness 360, Office of Faculty Excellence, School of Nursing

Teaching Excellence – Emerging

Megan Freeman, MD, Associate Professor/Clinical, Division of Hospital Medicine, Long School of Medicine

Kimberly Hughes, DNP, RNC-OB, CNS, Assistant Professor/Clinical, Office of Faculty Excellence, School of Nursing

David Ojeda Diaz, DDS, Assistant Professor/Clinical, Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, School of Dentistry

Teaching Excellence – Sustained

Andrea Berndt, PhD, Associate Professor, Office of Faculty Excellence, School of Nursing

Stephanie M. Levine, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Education, Division of Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine, Long School of Medicine

Bruce J. Nicholson, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Structural Biology, Long School of Medicine

Margarita Vasquez, MD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Long School of Medicine

Employee Excellence

Jack Frost, MBA, PMP, IT Change Management Analyst-Senior, Project Portfolio Management & Delivery Transition Solutions

Deanne Hargita, MPA, CCRP, Manager, Research Compliance, Strong Star ORU

Laura Paprotta, MLA, Assistant Director, International Services, Office of International Services

Cesar Ramirez Jr., RN, Nurse Supervisor, Radiation Oncology, Mays Cancer Center

Beth Wueste, PhD, MAEd, C-TAGME, LSSBB, Director, Academic Assessment & Compliance, Office of Academic Affairs, School of Nursing

Team Excellence

UT Health San Antonio Police Mental Health Unit

Team Leader: Timothy Gutierrez, Lieutenant, UT San Antonio Police Department

Team Members:

Divine Peoples, Officer II, UT San Antonio Police Department

Jaime Saenz, Sergeant, UT San Antonio Police Department

Douglas Schramm, Sergeant, UT San Antonio Police Department

Georgina Scribner, Officer IV, UT San Antonio Police Department

Peggy Wells, Officer I, UT San Antonio Police Department

I offer my sincerest congratulations to all.

William L. Henrich, MD, MACP

President and Professor of Medicine

John R. Howe, III, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Health Policy


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