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Fall 2019 Faculty Awards

The College of Human Medicine recognized these outstanding college faculty for their achievements and contributions to medical education, research and academics at the 2019 Faculty Awards Ceremony.

William B. Weil Jr., MD, FAAP, Endowed Distinguished Pediatric Faculty Award
Said Omar, MD

Said Omar, MD, is a professor, division chief of neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, and the medical director of the regional neonatal intensive care unit (RNICU) at Sparrow Hospital. He has been faculty at MSU College of Human Medicine for 25 years. He joined MSU after completing pediatric residency and a neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at SUNY-Stony Brook in New York. He is board certified in pediatrics and in neonatal-perinatal medicine.

Dr. Omar has his own basic science laboratory where he studies stem cells and neonatal immunity in hyperoxia-induced lung injury. He has collaborated with multiple investigators at MSU, Sparrow Hospital and other institutions in and outside Michigan. He has published 31 scientific papers and serves on the editorial board of three referred journals and is a reviewer for multiple scientific journals.

As medical director of the Sparrow Hospital RNICU, Dr. Omar played an instrumental role in expanding the NICU and opening a new Special Care Nursery. Outcomes under his administrative role are in the best quartile in national VON benchmarks.

Dr. Omar’s colleagues describe him as “a superb teacher and mentor,” and “his scientific production has been prodigious.” “Dr. Omar is especially noted for his intelligence and compassion. He has most successfully brought both to bear in his clinical work, and in his personal relationships with colleagues and families.”

Outstanding Faculty Award
George Abela, MD, Department of Medicine

Teacher-Scholar Award
Claire E. Margerison, PhD, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Outstanding Clinician Award
Saleh Aldasouqi, MD, Department of Medicine

Outstanding Community Faculty Award
Paul H. Karr, MD, Department of Family Medicine

Early Career Research Excellence Awards
Robert B. Abramovitch, PhD, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Eran R. Andrecheck, PhD, Department of Physiology

Research Excellence Awards
Margaret G. Petroff, PhD, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Hua Xiao, MD, PhD, Department of Physiology/Human Patholog

Outstanding Curriculum Contribution Awards
Migdalisel Colon-Berlingeri, PhD, Department of Physiology/Human Pathology
Andrea Wendling, MD, Department of Family Medicine

Distinguished Academic Staff Award
Madeleine H. Lenski, MSPH, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics