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Robert H. Crede Awards

2017 Crede Awards

The annual DGIM Robert H. Crede Awards provide the faculty and staff of Mt. Zion DGIM an opportunity to recognize their co-workers for their dedication and service to the Division, our students, our patients and the community. Nominations for each of the categories were submitted by DGIM faculty and staff and the winners were selected by the Crede Award Committee composed of last year's winners.

Congratulations to the winners and nominees!

2017 Crede Awards Winners (with excerpts from nominations)

Excellence in Teaching - Maki Aoki, MD

Maki has been an outstanding addition to our teaching faculty. Residents rave about her teaching both on Wedneday mornings and in urgent care. She creates a positive learning climate for all learners and finds the clinical “pearls” in each encounter.

Excellence in Clinical Care - Don Ng, MD

Don embodies what all of us aspires to be in a clinician. He loves his patients and practices patient centered care. And his love for his job is contagious. He is also known as a clinician that speaks out for minority patients and their needs. I can’t imagine a physician that is more deserving of this award.

Excellence in Clinical Research - Alison Huang, MD, MAS

Alison is an extremely smart, diligent, researcher in women’s health with admirable focus and conviction. She has pursued exciting new R01s over the past year investigating peri-menopausal symptoms and overactive bladder – two issues which are critical for women’s health yet remain understudied. She never hesitates to share her expertise, make time to support junior faculty and is always thoughtful and prolific in her work.

Excellence in Nursing Care - Marquesa Sunga, LVN

Marquesa is absolutely phenomenal LVN to work with. Our team is so lucky to have her. She is highly skilled as an LVN with excellent communication skills, attention to detail, forethought, compassion and efficiency. She is an amazing resource for her teammates and our patients. Our residents have loved working with her.

Excellence in Academic Administration - Susana Szeto

Susana is one of the research financial analysts with the academic office. She is very knowledgeable on grant financials and policies. Susana is always willing to assist you on any requests or questions you send her way. Also, she will teach and guide you navigate through difficult UCSF processes. She has been a tremendous asset to the division and well-deserved to be recognized for her contribution to the division.

Excellence in Clinical Administration - LaToyia Gilmore, MA

LaToyia is an amazing staff member and nurse and I can’t believe she hasn’t won this award before! She is smart, insightful, wonderful with patients, and very professional. The fact that she can do front-desk work with patients as well as nursing jobs makes her invaluable. There is no situation she can’t handle. Patients love her and I feel very lucky to work with her on a daily basis and on the same clinical team.

Excellence in Community Service - Brent Kobashi, MD

Brent volunteers at the Berkeley Free Clinic as the shift professional. He takes care of patients who have no other source of care, offering general care and screening and treating STIs. He also mentors students interested in a career in healthcare. He volunteered there in college and it’s wonderful that he’s gone back to volunteer again.