Recent Honors & Awards


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 has received the 2018 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.

The following Neurology faculty were given the Redefining Possible Award from UCSF Health at their Evening of Honors and Awards for the West Bay:

Robert Knowlton, MD
Vikram Rao, MD, PhD
Paul Garcia, MD

Steven J. Holtz, MD has been selected by the Volunteer Clinical Faculty Advisory Board at UCSF School of Medicine as a recipient of the 2018 Special Recognition Teaching Award in recognition of his excellence in teaching, and significant contributions in the field of medicine. 

Michael Wilson, MD has been selected as the recipient of the Grass Foundation – ANA Award in Neuroscience. As the recipient, he will be asked to present at the ANA’s Annual Meeting in October 2018.

Drs. Cathy Lomen-Hoerth and Alexandra Brown have been accepted into the Teaching Scholars Program (TSP) for 2018-2019. They will join a small cadre of dedicated faculty members who share a passion for teaching, innovation and leadership in medical education.

Aimee Kao, MD, PhD has received the Glenn Award for Research on Biological Mechanisms of Aging. Nominations are made by an anonymous advisory committee.


The 2018 Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Plan has granted Achievement Awards to the following members of our staff:

Rudy Asuncion
Andrew Barnecut
Natalia Browne
Christopher Jehle
Peili Lee
Christina Liu
Caroline Prioleau 
Adam Santaniello
Iris Solorzano
Sonia Tsoi 
Edward Wahyu

The following staff have received SPOT Awards:

Sarah Corr
Catharine Freyer
Carey Herman
Karen Louie
Thomsas McMahon
Lani Pettersen
Michael Schaffer
Fonda Smith
Nu Truong
Ricky Yee
Karla Zurita



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 Socety. 

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 will present her winning paper, "Association Between Inpatient Delirium and Hospital Readmission," at the upcoming 70th Annual Meeting of the San Francisco Neurological Society.