Kane King Dodek Honor Society Welcomes Class of 2024 Inductees

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The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology hosted the 87th annual Kane King Dodek Obstetrical Honor Society reception, May 15. The annual awards ceremony honors the year’s outstanding faculty, residents, and students with induction into the into the Kane King Dodek Obstetrical Honor Society.

Nancy Gaba, MD ’93, RESD ’97, welcomed members of GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences faculty, as well as a select group residents and members of the MD Program Class of 2024, who gathered in the University Student Center for the annual awards event. The society was founded in 1937 to reward the outstanding students and residents in the field of obstetrics and gynecology at GW SMHS. It has evolved to also serve as the alumni society for anyone who has trained at GW SMHS.

Lori Berkowitz, MD, MBA, gynecologic surgeon, vice chair of education and wellbeing at Massachusetts General Hospital, delivered this year’s Founders Lecture. For more that 25 years, Berkowitz has served as an OB-GYN specialist, and a subspecialist in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, at Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass General). In that time, she has served as the OB-GYN residency program director spanning both Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Mass General. Berkowitz currently serve as the associate director of the Mass General Office of Graduate Medical Education, supporting residency/fellowship program directors, trainees, and faculty in achieving their goals in medical training.

Berkowitz is widely published on topics including medical education, wellbeing, professional development, and burnout. She is board certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics & Gynecology, by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Following the Founders Lecture, Gaba and department leaders presented this year’s awards and inducted the society’s newest members.

The 2024 Oscar I. Dodek Jr. Faculty Teaching Award is presented annually to a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding teaching of residents and medical students, as well as a commitment to excellence in medical education. This year’s honor went to Arielle Effron, MD, instructor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Jaclyn Phillips, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

Marie Peters, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC, clinical instructor of obstetrics and gynecology, received the annual Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is voted on by the OB-GYN faculty to honor a colleague who has been instrumental in the education of residents and medical students.
Finally, the Class of 2024 student and resident inductees were announced. Honorees were selected based on their academic performance in the OB-GYN rotation, contribution to scholarly work and research, and commitment to service.

2024 Active Fellows Kane King Dodek Obstetrical Honor Society
  • Ciara Bryson
  • Lydia Deaton
  • Kirsten Gilchrist
  • Mary Heekin
  • Natalie House
  • Emilia Kaslow-Zieve
  • Isabella Lipkin
  • Alexandra Nesson
  • Taylor Nuse
  • Madeline Pence
  • Arianna Prince
  • Savita Potarazu
  • David Sproul
  • Emma Sterling
2024 Graduating Residents
  • Seth Jacob Barishansky, MD
  • Laura Marie Biver, MD
  • Ivie Eweka, MD
  • Jamil Kazma, MD
  • Catherine Joyce Moore, MD
  • Maya Or, MD
  • Melissa Alejandra Salinas, MD
  • Stephanie Men Wang, MD

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