Recent Honors & Awards

Holly Smith Awards

The Department of Neurology is proud to announce two winners of the 2021 Holly Smith Awards for Exceptional Service to the School of Medicine:

Stephen Hauser, MD
Professor of Neurology and Director, Weill Institute for Neurosciences

Kristen Fox, RN, MS
Nurse Manager, Neurology Clinical Research Unit

Read more about them here.


Alexandra Nelson, MD, PhD has won the Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award from the American Neurological Association, and was also was honored to receive the Landis Mentorship Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 

Ian Bledsoe, MD, MS has been named as the recipient of the Jon Stolk Award in Movement Disorders for Young Investigators. This award is given by the American Academy of Neurology in recognition of his outstanding achievements in movement disorders research.

Meredith Bock, MD received the Young Investigator Award from the San Francisco Neurological Society and gave a presentation at the 2021 Annual Meeting.

Vanja Douglas, MD has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the UCSF Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching Award for his exemplary teaching efforts.

Jeffrey Gelfand, MD, MAS has received the PISCES Teaching Award for his outstanding dedication to teaching in the PISCES Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship.

Maulik Shah, MD, MHS has won the Exceptional Physician Award from the UCSF Health System in honor of his demonstration of UCSF’s PRIDE values: Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Excellence.

Boon Lead Tee, MD, MS has been selected for the 2021 Class of Deans’ Population Health and Health Equity (PHHE) Scholars.

Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, MAS eceived the William M. Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke, given by the American Stroke Association in recognition of his significant contributions to clinical research in stroke, diagnosis, and treatment. Dr. Ovbiagele has also been named as the 2021 recipient of the Ron Haddock International Impact Award, given by the American Heart Association in recognition of his efforts to expand stroke prevention and education programs in Africa. 


The Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan (the “STAR Program”) winners for FY21 include the Achievement Awards and the SPOT Awards.

Here are the winners of the Achievement Awards from the Department of Neurology:

Sarah Corr
Thai Hien Ho
Christina Liu
Dominica Randazzo
Ashley Robelo
Iris Solorzano 

Here are Neurology’s SPOT Award winners:

Rudy Asuncion
Andrew Barnecut
Jennifer Cantero
Sarah Corr
Ryan Fitch
Arturo Garcia
Carey Herman
Tim Huynh
Helena Khim
Jennifer Lau
Karen Louie
Collin Molberg
Stacey Morris
Caroline Prioleau
Dominica Randazzo
Leila Sharifi
Xiuying Tan
Jeanie Tran
Sonia Tsoi
Jon-Eric Vanleeuwen
Edward Wahyu
Shannon Warto
Jenna Weight
Antonella Zaratan