2016 WIMS Awards

WIMS Leadership Award
Dr. Susan Smyth, Professor and Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine
Dr. Smyth is the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine and also serves as the Director of the Gill Heart Institute. She leads the MD/PhD program for the College of Medicine and directs the TL1 program for the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences.  She is nationally recognized for her research and serves on many professional committees both regionally and nationally. Dr. Lisa Tannock writes, “Often the busiest, most productive people end up being stretched thin due to the excessive demands on their time; however, Susan never gives that impression.  Everything she does, she does 100%.  She has excellent insight into the potential impacts of decisions on women and junior faculty, and one of her key leadership traits is her consistent action on behalf of others. She is one of the strongest leaders I know.”

WIMS Mentorship Award
Dr. Arundathi Reddy, Associate Professor and Chief of Pediatric Anesthesiology
Dr. Reddy serves as the Chief of Pediatric Anesthesiology as well as the medical director for outside the operating room anesthesia services.  She has received numerous awards including Alpha Omega Alpha, Surgery Faculty Teaching Award, and multiple Abraham Flexner Awards including one for Outstanding Teaching Contributions or Mentorship. She has mentored over 150 medical students, 25 residents, and multiple junior faculty members. One of Dr. Reddy’s many mentees said, “I am here because of Dr. Reddy. She has provided more than ideas.  She is helping me to start an academic career.”  A medical student wrote, “Her dedication to my career aspirations was made evident in many conversations over coffee and through multiple text messages and emails.  Of the numerous attending physicians I have interacted with she continues to stand out in my mind as one of the very best, and her involvement in my medical school career has been paramount in solidifying my decision to become an anesthesiologist.”

WIMS Rising Star Award
Catherine Mannon, UK College of Medicine, Class of 2017
Catherine has been a leader throughout her medical school career.  She was selected to be the Class of 2017 student representative to the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives where she has attended both regional and national AAMC meetings and returned to UK COM with multiple initiatives including developing a program called Resilient to help support student physician wellness. She was selected as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha as well as the University of Kentucky Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.  Dr. Todd Cheever, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, writes, “Since the start of school, Catherine has looked for ways to improve the medical school experience and mentor other students here at UK as well as at other medical schools and through her regional and national work through the AAMC. She is a humble and dedicated individual who has the potential to impact her patients and generations of students for many years to come.”   

Dr. Susan Smyth (left) and Catherine Mannor (right), after receving their WIMS awards.

From left to right: Dr. Amy Meadows and Dr. Kimberly Kaiser (co-Chairs of the WIMS Awards & Honors Subcommittee) and Dr. Arundathi Reddy receiving her award.