Juliet Lee, MD, Receives Philip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teacher Award from Association for Surgical Education

Juliet Lee standing for a portrait in front of a white backdrop

Congratulations to Juliet Lee, MD, associate professor of surgery at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), who received the 2022 Philip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teacher Award from the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) at its national meeting in May 2022.

This annual award, according to the ASE, is presented to “individuals who are actively involved in surgical education and who are considered by their chair, peers, residents, and/or students to be outstanding teachers.” Awardees must have a strong commitment to teaching, an innovative approach to education, enthusiasm and stimulation of interest, and the ability to provide feedback and effective evaluation, among other qualities.

“I am honored to have received this recognition,” said Lee, who also serves as the director of the Surgery Clerkship and Acting Internship at GW SMHS. “Being an educator is a role that I take seriously, and the responsibility is considerable. We don’t just teach facts; we inform, we mentor, and we serve as a role model for the next generation of surgeons.”

Lee is widely recognized for her work in surgical education. She has received numerous awards, including several Golden Apple Awards, GW SMHS Department of Surgery teaching awards, and the GW Bender Award, and she was inducted into the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.

In addition to receiving the award at the meeting, Lee mentored two general surgery residents, Ryan Lin, MD ’21, and Laura Tiusaba, MD ’18, who presented their research in surgical education on the important topics of medical errors and implicit bias in medicine.

The ASE leads innovation, scholarship, and professional development in surgical education across undergraduate and graduate surgical education.

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