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Presidential Award for Excellence in Education

Houston, Texas

The Michael E. DeBakey Center at BCM
Office of Undergraduate Medical Education
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Meet the 2014 Recipients

Two outstanding faculty will receive the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education on April 30, 2014 for their stellar and enduring contributions to the educational mission of Baylor College of Medicine.

2014 Recipients

Biykem Bozkurt, M.D., Ph.D., FAACC, FAHA, FACP

Biykem Bozkurt, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, FAHA, FACP, The Mary and Gordon Cain Chair and Professor of Medicine, Director, Winters Center for Heart Failure Research, Associate Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute, BCM, Chief, Cardiology Section, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical

Dr. Bozkurt is the Mary and Gordon Cain chair and professor of medicine, chief of cardiology section at the MEDVAMC; director of the Winters Center for Heart Failure and associate director of Cardiovascular Research Institute at Baylor. Dr. Bozkurt received her M.D. degree from University of Istanbul, Turkey, she completed internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, fellowship training in heart failure and cardiac transplantation at University Pittsburgh Medical Center. She received her Ph.D. as a NIH K30 scholar in clinical translational science in heart failure at Baylor.

Throughout her academic career, Dr. Bozkurt received numerous awards including the Henry D. McIntosh most outstanding graduating resident award, AOA honorary medical society, the BCM Clinical Excellence in Fellowship Award, the Department of Medicine Excellence awards in education and teaching every year since 1997 while given, the Fulbright & Jaworski L. L. P. Faculty Excellence Awards in 2003 , 2004 , 2007 and 2012, the National Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Hands and Heart Award for Recognition of Highest Standards in Patient Care in 2003, Baylor Outstanding Cardiology Clinical Faculty Award in 2008. Dr. Bozkurt was elected to the Academy of Distinguished Educators at BCM in 2003, was awarded the very prestigious National American College of Cardiology Proctor Harvey MD, Young Teacher Award in 2005. Dr. Bozkurt teaches medical students, residents,fellows at bedside and at the College level, mentors trainees in clinical and translational research locally and nationally.

Dr. Bozkurt has authored over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts, 15 book chapters including major cardiology textbooks in cardiology. Dr. Bozkurt is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation; is a fellow of the ACC, AHA, ESC and ACP. She is on the Editorial Board of Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and on the Editorial Advisory Board for the American Family Physician Journal. She is a reviewer for journals Journal of Cardiac Failure, American Journal of Cardiology, and serves as an abstract grader for the AHA, ACC and Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA). Dr. Bozkurt has served in national scientific committees as an Executive Committee Member for the VA National Quality Enhancement Research Initiative- Heart Failure, Education Committee Member for the Heart Failure Society of America , Education Oversight Committee member at the ACC, AHA Heart Failure and Transplantation Committee, ACCF/AHA Task Force on Clinical Data Standards, ACCF Question Writing Committee, AHA/ACCF Heart Failure Guidelines Writing Committee; ACCF/AHA Task Force for Practice Guidelines. She was the Program Chair for Heart Failure at the ACC 2014 Annual Scientific Sessions, and she is the Chair Elect for the ACC Heart Failure Council Section. She serves as a study section member of VA MERIT review study section board and AHA Therapeutic Clinical Trials Peer Review Study Section Group. She has participated in numerous national and international scientific sessions as a presenter, panel discussant, chair.

Lorraine Potocki, M.D.Lorraine Potocki, M.D., Professor, Molecular and Human Genetics, Director, Undergraduate Medical Education in Genetics, Co-director, Genetics Track Curriculum

Dr. Lorraine Potocki received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed a Clinical Genetics Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in 1996 and has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics since that time.

Dr. Potocki’s contributions to undergraduate and graduate medical education at Baylor College of Medicine are vast, varied, and span 18 years of faculty service to the College. She has directed the medical student curriculum in genetics since 2000, and has participated in several other courses including IPS, LACE, and APEX. She is one of the key clinical faculty members in Genetics, directs the clinical medical student elective in medical genetics at Texas Children’s Hospital, and supervises the residents in the genetics training program at BCM. Her most recent accomplishment is the establishment of the Genetics Track for Baylor medical students which will serve as a model for other institutions nationwide.

One cannot speak of Dr. Potocki’s contributions only within the confines of the classroom, clinic, or lecture hall. She is passionate about education at all levels and believes that learning is a two-way street. She implemented the “Patients as Teachers” program as part of genetics preclinical program, mentors the “Parent’s Night Out” and “Get It Write” service learning activities in genetics, and directed two international family education conferences on the genetic condition known as the Potocki-Lupski syndrome (PTLS).

Dr. Potocki has published over 70 peer reviewed journal articles and has co-authored patient educational materials, book chapters, on line resources, and the textbook “Human Genetics: From Molecules to Medicine”. She has served on the American Society of Human Genetics Information and Education Committee since 2009, and is on the Board of Directors of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. She is the recipient of three Fulbright & Jaworski Faculty Excellent Awards—two in Teaching and Evaluation, and one in Educational Leadership.

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