Recent Honors & Awards


Bruce Miller, MD has won the Henry Wisniewski Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. The award recognizes his noteworthy contributions as founding director of the Global Brain Health Institute and for his tremendous contributions to understanding and treatment of neurodegenerative conditions.

The Department of Neurology has named this year’s two winners of the Cheryl Jay Master Clinician Award: Mark Terrelonge Jr., MD, MPH and Kendall Nash, MD. These awards recognize one junior and one senior faculty member in Neurology whose primary focus is on providing outstanding care for our patients.

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

Sara LaHue, MD has won the Health in Aging Foundation New Investigator Award for her original research as presented in an abstract at the American Geriatrics Society annual meeting.

Bridget Ostrem, MD, PhD has won the 2023 Irene Perstein Award, which is awarded annually by the UCSF School of Medicine to an outstanding, newly recruited, junior woman scientist.

Vineeta Singh, MD has won the inaugural ZSFG Exceptional Physician Award.

Elan Guterman, MD has received the Resident Research Training Program Mentor of the Year Award given by the Clinical and Translational Science Training Programs.

Maggie Waung, MD, PhD was selected to participate in a new School of Medicine program, “Connected Leadership: Developing Yourself to Support a Culture of Well-being.” The program is designed to foster well-being-centered leadership.

Michael Wilson, MD, MAS has won the Award for Excellence in Clinical and Scientific Excellence for Career Based Contributions Over a Prolonged Period Less Than 15 Years, given by the American Neurological Association.

Marilu Gorno-Tempini, MD, PhD is the winner of the 2023 Potamkin Prize from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).

Jon Kleen, MD, PhD has won the AAN's 2023 Dreifuss-Penry Award for his outstanding achievements in epilepsy research.

Jill Ostrem, MD has won the 2023 Movement Disorders Research Award, which is given by the AAN in recognition of her outstanding achievements in Movement Disorders research.

Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, MSc, MAS, MBA, MLS has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the field of vascular neurology and extensive contributions to mentoring and academic leadership.

Nicole Rosendale, MD and Dr. Ovbiagele have won the 2023 Health Care Equity Research Award given by the AAN in recognition of their outstanding achievements in health care equity research.


Jenn Cantero has won the 2022-2023 GME Excellence and Innovation Award in recognition of her work to improve graduate medical education at UCSF.

The following staff in Neurology have won the STAR Achievement Awards, which recognize sustained, exceptional performance and/or significant contributions from an employee(s) over an extended period of time. 

Rudy Asuncion
Jenn Cantero
Sarah Corr
Luz Kong
Camellia Latta
Christina Liu
Melinda Matice
Stacey Morris
Dominica Randazzo
Iris Solorzano
Locus Yuen


Kwame Adjepong, MD has been named a 2023 John A. Watson Faculty Scholar.  He has also been recognized as Fellow of the Year for the Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine Fellowship.

Lauren Hammer, MD, PhD, Neurology Fellow, has won the 2023 Newman Award, given by the San Francisco Neurological Society to the author of the best paper dealing with clinical neurology.

John Pluvinage MD, PhD, Neurology resident, has won the 2023 Alliance Award: S. Weir Mitchell, given by the AAN in recognition of his outstanding achievements in basic science research.

Martineau Louiné, MD, Clinical and Postdoctoral Fellow, has won the AAN's Clinical Research Training Scholarship to support his research on TB meningitis.

Eleanor Palser, PhD, a postdoctoral scholar at the Memory and Aging Center, won the Chancellor Award for the Advancement of Women, following her paper in Nature that highlighted the underrepresentation of women in the editorial boards of neuroscience and psychology journals.