Faculty Advancement

Building Programs To Take You Where You Want To Go!

Mission Statement

The Office of Faculty Advancement is committed to creating and supporting an environment of inclusive excellence in which all faculty members achieve their career goals and full professional potential as educators, investigators, and patient care providers . We are committed to facilitating the success and academic advancement of our faculty. by providing comprehensive support services and professional development opportunities. We offer timely, efficient, faculty-focused assistance allowing each faculty member to thrive personally and professionally.

Our Staff


Darshana Shah, PhD.
Professor of Pathology
Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement 
Editor-in-Chief, Marshall Journal of Medicine
International Network for the Science of Team Science Board

Mackenzie Fravel
Program Support Coordinator
Office of Faculty Advancement

Excellence in Commitment:
Charles Francis, MD
Matthew Curry, MD
Jennifer Gerlach, MD
Marie Veitia, PhD
Jack Stines, MD 

Excellence in Service Award:
Alan Koester, MD – Chair, Faculty Council
Lynne Goebel, MD, FACP – Chair Personnel Advisory Committee 

Faculty Impact Award
Chuck Clements, MD               

Excellence in Leadership
Adam Franks, MD

Excellence in Mentoring
Larry Dial, MD 

Dean’s Award for Excellence:
Clinical Care: Jay Lakhani, MD
Basic Science Research: Brandon Henderson, PhD
Clinical Research: Jennie Yoost, MD
Education: Felix Cheung, MD 

MJM Outstanding Reviewer
Yousef Shweihat, MD
Henry Driscoll, MD
Shirley Neitch, MD, FACP, AGSF 

Rural Preceptor Award
Kathryn Bell, MD

Our first and second-year medical students recently voted on the following faculty for their outstanding guidance in education. 

Class of 2021
Dr. Jeanette Norden - Dr. Laura Richardson Commitment to Learning
Dr. Emine Koc – Best Block Leader
Dr. Sasha Zill – Excellence in Education 

Class of 2020
Dr. Jamie Allman – Creativity in Teaching
Dr. John Yannelli – Excellence in Education
Dr. Nitin Puri – Commitment to Learning & Best Block Leader