Wake Forest Baptist November Awards and Recognition

November 24, 2015

Wake Forest Baptist IT Services Gets High Ranking from National Publication

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Nov. 24, 2015 – Information Technology Services (ITS) at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has been ranked as one of the nation’s 2015 Best Hospital IT Departments by Healthcare IT News.

Wake Forest Baptist ITS ranked second among departments with more than 200 employees.

The rankings are based on employee satisfaction in several areas, including day-to-day work, workplace culture, professional development and employee recognition.

Wake Forest Baptist Receives Grant to Fund Childhood Cancer Research

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Nov. 24, 2015 – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has received a grant from St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund childhood cancer research trials.

The $65,357 grant supports work directed by Thomas McLean, M.D., professor of pediatrics, in the section on hematology and oncology at Wake Forest Baptist.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity dedicated to raising money for children’s cancer research and to funding the most promising research initiatives.  Since 2009, it has provided nearly $529,000 to support childhood cancer research trials at Wake Forest Baptist.

Wake Forest Baptist Professor is Awarded Research Prize

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Nov. 24, 2015 – Gregory Burke, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has received the Population Research Prize from the American Heart Association (AHA).

Burke was honored for his leadership in epidemiology research, including findings of artery wall predictors of cardiovascular disease risk. The award was presented earlier this month during the AHA’s Scientific Sessions cardiovascular conference in Orlando, Fla.

Burke also was selected to deliver the Ancel Keys Lecture, which focused on opportunities for population research in cardiovascular disease.

Wake Forest Baptist Professor is Honored by State Organization

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Nov. 24, 2015 – Marcus Gulley, M.D., associate professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has received the first North Carolina Mental Health Professional of the Year Award.

The award, presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) North Carolina, recognizes a mental health professional for dedication to clients and commitment to the principles of NAMI.

Gulley has served people with behavioral health disorders and their families in the Forsyth County area for more than 60 years.

NAMI North Carolina is dedicated to promoting recovery and optimizing the quality of life for those with behavioral health conditions.

Two Wake Forest Baptist Residents Recognized at State Psychiatric Meeting

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Nov. 24, 2015 – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center physician residents Raunak Khisty, M.D., M.P.H., and Daniel Ayanga, M.D., received awards at the North Carolina Psychiatric Association Meeting.

Khisty was awarded first place in the child psychiatry category for his presentation on cyberbullying behaviors. Ayanga placed second in the general psychiatry category for examining the use of the Broset Violence Checklist in the Medical Center’s Emergency Department.

Seven residents in Wake Forest Baptist’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine qualified to make presentations at the association meeting.


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