Recent Honors & Awards


Shahrzad Akhtar, MD and Alexandra Brown, MD have both received the annual Excellence in Teaching Award for 2019. These outstanding women were nominated by faculty peers for this recognition of their skill and dedication to teaching.

Megan Richie, MD has been selected as the recipient of the 2018-2019 Maxine Papadakis Award for Faculty Professionalism and Respect. Nominations for this award come from third- and fourth-year medical students.

Nilika Singhal, MD has been selected as the recipient of the 2018-2019 Bridges Curriculum Teaching Award in the Outstanding Coach category. Nominations come from first- and second-year medical students to recognize outstanding instructors in the School of Medicine.

Jonah Chan, PhD won the NINDS Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship. The award is named for Story Landis, PhD, Director of NINDS from 2003-2014, who was known for her dedication to mentorship. 

At the residents’ graduation ceremony in June, the Robert E. Layzer “Golden Toe” Award for Resident Teaching was presented to Alexandra Brown, MD.
Yin Shen, PhD has been named by the Office of Research as “Researcher of the Month.” Read about her work in this article.

Our chair, S. Andrew Josephson, MD has received the Excellence in Teaching for Clinical Faculty Award given by the UCSF graduating medical school class of 2019, in recognition of his teaching of 3rd and 4th year students on the wards.

The UCSF Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring was presented to Bruce Miller, MD at an Award Celebration and Reception on July 29, 2019.

Ana Grijalvo-Perez, MD has won the Caroline Casey Award for Dignity and Worth of Persons, one of the Ida M. Cannon Awards given by the Pediatric Social Work Department at UCSF to honor their non-social work colleagues. She received her award in a ceremony on March 28th.

Michael Aminoff, MD, DSc, is the recipient of the 2019 Robert S. Schwab Award given by the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS) in recognition of his significant contributions to research in peripheral clinical neurophysiology. Dr. Aminoff gave the Schwab Lecture at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the ACNS. 

Dena Dubal, MD, PhD has been selected by the American Academy of Neurology as the recipient of the 2019 Neuroendocrine Research Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements in neuroendocrine research. She received the award at the AAN's 71st Annual Meeting in May.

Dawn Gano, MD, MAS has been elected to the Society for Pediatric Research in recognition of her leadership in investigating brain injury in preterm newborns.

Jeanne Paz, PhD has won the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for uncovering the neural basis of epileptic seizures, and for demonstrating possible methods of predicting and arresting seizures. The Vilcek Prize is awarded to immigrants whose work is of significant consequence to both their individual fields and to American society. The prize spotlights the critical importance of foreign-born innovation to national advancement.

Saul Kato, PhD has been awarded the 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Neuroscience. This prestigious award goes to early-career scholars with significant achievements and leadership potential.

Audrey Foster-Barber, MD, PhD has won the 2019 American Academy of Neurology’s Program Director Recognition Award. Dr. Foster-Barber is our Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Neurology and a driving force across all of our educational efforts. She was recognized at the AAN’s Annual Meeting.

Katerina Akassoglou, PhD is the winner of the 2018 Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research. The award is given by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in recognition of exceptional innovation and originality in MS research. Dr. Akassoglou will receive the award and deliver the Prize lecture at the ACTRIMS Forum in Dallas.

Vanja Douglas, MD has won the A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award from the American Academy of Neurology for his outstanding contributions as a teacher.

Louis Ptáček, MD has received the 2019 Distinguished Scientist Award given by the Sleep Research Society for his work in genetic studies of human sleep behavior, published in a series of papers over the past ~15 years. 

Ying-Hui Fu, PhD has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Earlier this year, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. The National Academies are private, nonprofit institutions that work outside of government to provide objective advice on matters of science, technology, and health.

Audrey Foster-Barber, MD received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award given by the Child Neurology Society. The award was given in recognition of extraordinary and ongoing humanism in her medical career. The award was presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Child Neurology Society.

Megan Richie, MD has received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academy of Medical Educators. 

Nerissa Ko, MD, MAS has been honored with the Chancellor Award for Diversity in recognition of her outstanding efforts for the advancement of women at UCSF.


Mark Terrelonge, Jr., MD, neurology resident, was elected to the UCSF Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society by our medical students in recognition of his dedication to the profession and art of healing.

Jonathan Kleen, MD, PhD, a clinical fellow in the UCSF Epilepsy Center, has won the 2019 Edwin B. Boldrey Award given by the San Francisco Neurological Society in recognition of his outstanding research in neuroscience. He will present his paper, "Cinematic 3D projection of intracranial seizure activity on personalized volumetric brain reconstructions," at the SFNS Annual Meeting.

Frances Cho, a neuroscience graduate student in the laboratory of Jeanne Paz, PhD, has been recognized by the American Epilepsy Society as a winner of their 2018 Young Investigator Award. She gave a presentation at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society. 

Cathra Halabi, MD, Vascular Neurology Fellow, has received the Teaching Excellence Award for Cherished Housestaff (TEACH). Every year, the graduating medical school class presents the TEACH award to five residents or fellows who have been outstanding teachers, mentors, and role models to medical students during their clinical years at UCSF.

Sara LaHue, MD, Resident in Neurology, has received the Newman Award from the San Francisco Neurological Society. She presented her winning paper, "Association Between Inpatient Delirium and Hospital Readmission," at the 70th Annual Meeting of the San Francisco Neurological Society.


Jane Czech, MS, MBA, Associate Chair for Finance and Administration, has won the 2019 Chancellor Award for Exceptional University Management.

Caroline Prioleau, Writer and Designer, has won the 2019 Chancellor Award for Exceptional University Service. They received their awards during the Founders Day activities on Friday, May 17. 

Kathleen Colao, Child Neurology Clinical Research Coordinator, has won the first CRC of the Year Award presented by the Clinical Research Coordinators Council

The Department of Neurology has 28 winners of the 2019 Spot Awards. These awards recognize significant achievements and contributions for a recent specific project.

Andrew Barnecut
Natalia Browne
Jennifer Cantero
Allison Coker
Sarah Corr
Kate Denevan
Ann Giron
Leslie Goss
Oscar Guadron
Carey Herman
Chris Jehle
Helena Khim
Christina Liu
Collin Molberg
Stacey Morris
Evangeline Palero
Camellia Rodgriguez-Sackbyrne
Fonda Smith
Iris Solorzano
Vicky Tateo
Jeanie Tran
Nu Truong
Edward Wahyu
Shannon Warto
Janet Yau
Ricky Yee
Shirley Yu
Antonella Zaratan

The 2019 STAR Program's Achievement Awards recognize sustained, exceptional performance and/or significant contributions from an employee over an extended period of time. Eight of our staff in Neurology have received Achievement Awards:

Rudy Asuncion
Vera Bakman
Aaron Daley
Peili Lee
Karen Louie
Dominica Randazzo
Erica Schleimer
Sonia Tsoi