Three graduating fellows in Endocrinology were celebrated recently. Members of the division, colleagues, and loved ones gathered at the new Courtyard Marriott in University Heights, just across the street from Duke Slater Field at Kinnick Stadium. After a cocktail hour, newly appointed Fellowship Program Director Brian O’Neill, MD, PhD, welcomed guests and graduates before dinner.
Division Director Ayotunde Dokun, MD, PhD, FACE, opened the program following dinner offering his own welcome and congratulations to the fellows on their accomplishments and wished them luck in their next chapter. O’Neill then described each fellow’s range of achievements, from clinical success to accepted abstracts and other noteworthy endeavors during their training. Each fellow was invited up to receive their certificate and offer their own thanks to faculty and staff for their support and encouragement.
Amal Shibli-Rahhal, MD, MS, MME, the former program director, who was responsible for recruiting this class of graduates, ended the program with kind remarks and funny stories about each fellow, demonstrating the impact each graduate has had on the program and on her. Her pride in each graduate was apparent both from the remarks and the personalized gifts for each graduate that she and Fellowship Coordinator Laura Deines had selected.
Though the formal presentation was relatively brief, guests lingered long after its end, enjoying the pleasure of each other’s company and to pose for a few group photos.
- Kathleen Robinson, MD, PhD, who was a member of the Physician Scientist Training Pathway, accepted a faculty position at University of Iowa Health Care.
- Siva Kasina, MBBS, has joined the faculty at Baptist Healthcare, Fort Smith, Arkansas.
- Maisoon Torfah, MD, has joined the faculty at the Toledo Clinic in Ohio.