Recent Honors & Awards


Katerina Akassoglou, PhD received the 2022 ISFP Prize for “outstanding contributions to the field of fibrinolysis and proteolysis” at the 3rd Joint Meeting of the International Society for Fibrinolysis & Proteolysis and the Plasminogen Activation Workshop at Caen, France in September, where she delivered the ISFP Prize lecture. Dr. Akassoglou is the first woman to receive the award since its inauguration in 1974.

Ernesto Gonzalez-Giraldo, MD has received The Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educator’s 2022 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Harrison Hines, MD has been named as one of the 2022-2023 White House Fellows by the President’s Commission on White House Fellows. This will give him direct experience working with the federal government at the highest levels.

Jon Kleen, MD, PhD has won The Bridges Curriculum - Foundations 1 and 2 Teaching Award for Inspirational Teaching.

Sara LaHue, MD will receive the 2021-2022 Maxine Papadakis Award for Faculty Professionalism and Respect.

Mercedes Paredes, MD, PhD has been selected to join the first cohort of the UCSF Mid-Career Faculty Development Program for Research Faculty. These are exceptional mid-career scientists who are superb mentors for underrepresented students, trainees, and junior faculty. 

Gil Rabinovici, MD received the Kuhl-Lassen Award for Research in Brain Imaging from the Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, in recognition of outstanding contributions to research and to the discipline of functional brain imaging.

Megan Richie, MD has won The Bridges Curriculum - Foundations 1 and 2 Teaching Award for Commitment to Teaching. She has also been selected to receive the 2021-2022 Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching in Inpatient Care Setting.

Nicole Rosendale, MD was chosen by the residents to receive the Robert B. Layzer Award for Resident Teaching – aka the “Golden Toe” Award.


Fonda Smith, Operations Manager for the Memory and Aging Center, has won the 2022 Holly Smith Award for exceptional service to the School of Medicine — the school’s most prestigious award. Watch her video here. 


Rachel Vassar, MD, child neurology resident, has won the 2022 Young Investigators Award from the San Francisco Neurological Society for her project, “Timing of Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapies in Children after Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Retrospective, Observational Study.”