Wake Forest Baptist February Awards and Recognitions

February 24, 2021

Freischlag Named to Association of American Medical Colleges Board of Directors, American Medical Association Committee

Julie Ann Freischlag, M.D., FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS, CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Health, dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine and chief academic officer of Atrium Health Enterprise, has been selected to serve on the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) board of directors for the 2020-2021 year. 

The AAMC is a not-for-profit association that leads and serves America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals. 

At the recent meeting of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Board of Trustees, Freischlag was also named to the AMA Journal Oversight Committee. The four-year term began Jan. 1.


Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center President to Lead Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research

Cathleen Wheatley, D.N.P., R.N., CENP, was recently named president of Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR), a nonprofit that provides resources to support nursing research. Wheatley began serving on the board of directors for FNINR in 2018 and will serve as president from 2021 to 2022.

Wheatley is the president of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and senior vice president of clinical operations for Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Center for Experiential and Applied Learning Receives Two International Accreditations

Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Center for Experiential and Applied Learning (CEAL) recently received full accreditation for its institutional simulation center from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) with recognition in the areas of teaching and learning. CEAL also received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a comprehensive accredited education institute (AEI).

CEAL encompasses multiple locations, state-of-the-art facilities and specialized health care training services for learners in all stages of their careers. CEAL conducts simulation, ultrasound, standardized patient and anatomical resource programming in their facilities and in-situ within Wake Forest Baptist Health network hospitals.

Wake Forest Baptist Anesthesiology Professor Named Editor-in-Chief of Pain Medicine Journal

Robert W. Hurley, M.D., Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology, and neurobiology and anatomy, associate dean for faculty development and executive director of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s pain service line, has been named editor-in-chief of the journal Pain Medicine, the official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM).

Founded in 1983, AAPM is a medical specialty society representing physicians and their team members who practice in the field of multidisciplinary pain medicine. The academy promotes education, training, advocacy and research in the specialty of pain medicine.


Wake Forest Baptist Health Nurse Receives Carnegie Medal for Act of Heroism

Jeffrey Johnson, R.N., an emergency department nurse at Wake Forest Baptist Health, has been awarded a Carnegie Medal, the highest honor for civilian heroism in the U.S. and Canada.

In July 2019, Johnson, along with four other men, helped free a 64-year-old woman who was pinned in her vehicle following a motor vehicle accident. Despite the vehicle being engulfed in flames, Johnson approached the accident and successfully helped pull the woman out of the vehicle.

In December, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announced 17 recipients for the medal, which included Johnson.


Joseph Jorizzo Receives Medical Dermatology Society Award

Joseph L. Jorizzo, M.D., professor of dermatology, has been announced as the 2021 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Medical Dermatology Society (MDS). This award from the MDS recognizes a lifetime of inspired patient care as a medical dermatologist, mentoring of future medical dermatologists and research to advance medical dermatology.

The award will be given to Jorizzo at the MDS Annual Meeting on March 2.


Emmanuel Opara Elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the election of Emmanuel C. Opara, Ph.D., professor of regenerative medicine Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the director of the biomedical engineering graduate program at Wake Forest School of Medicine, to its College of Fellows. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country.

A formal induction ceremony will be held during AIMBE’s 2021 Annual Event on March 26.


Wake Forest School of Medicine Student Awarded Fellowship from Alpha Omega Alpha

Keyan Peterson, Wake Forest School of Medicine medical student class of 2022, recently received the 2020 Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society’s Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship.

The fellowship was created to foster the development of the next generation of medical researchers and provides financial support for research. There were 54 recipients of the 2020 fellowships and only one candidate from each school could be nominated.


Kelly Rosenfeld Named Co-Chair of Women’s Leadership Forum

Kelly Rosenfeld, MHSA, business administrator of the department of orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation, has been named co-chair of the Academic Orthopaedic Consortium’s (AOC) Women’s Leadership Forum. The forum’s goal is to address the priorities of its female members and create a national community for female leaders.

“I’m honored to serve as Co-Chair of the AOC Women’s Forum to continue to build upon the learning and mentorship of women in our field,” Rosenfeld said. “I’m passionate about fostering opportunities and supporting women as both a mother to a young daughter and an administrative leader in a historically underrepresented field. My hope for the 2021 AOC Women’s Forum is that this year brings about opportunities to build meaningful educational programming and relationships.”


Regenerative Medicine Researcher Joins American Society of Andrology Council

Hooman Sadri, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of urology at Wake Forest Baptist Health and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, has been named the director-elect of the MD Council for the American Society for Andrology. He will serve a three-year term beginning April 2021.

Founded in 1975, the society fosters a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of male reproduction and exists to promote scientific interchange and knowledge of the male reproductive system.

Sadri is a clinically trained andrologist and reproductive biologist with expertise in male infertility.


Joseph Skelton Named Editor-in-Chief of Childhood Obesity Journal

Joseph “Joey” Skelton, M.D., MS, FAAP, FTOS, has been named editor-in-chief of the journal Childhood Obesity, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on obesity prevention and weight management strategies for children and adolescents.

Skelton is the director of Brenner FIT ® (Families in Training) and a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology and prevention at Wake Forest Baptist.


Wake Forest Baptist Neurology Chair Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Charles H. Tegeler IV, M.D., professor and chair of neurology and McKinney-Avant chair in neurosonology, was recently presented with the 2021 American Society of Neuroimaging (ASN) Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award honors outstanding leaders who have made significant contributions to the advancement of neuroimaging over their lifetimes. This award is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the ASN.


Wake Forest Baptist Neurosurgeon Receives ACGME Teaching Award

Stacey Quintero Wolfe, M.D., residency program director of neurosurgery and director of neurointerventional surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Health, was awarded the 2021 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award, which recognizes program directors who have fostered innovation in their residency programs and served as exemplary role models for residents and fellows. 

Wolfe is one of 10 program directors to receive this award out of more than 4,500 residency program directors and is only the third neurosurgeon to ever receive this award. 

Wolfe will be featured at the 2021 ACGME Annual Educational Conference, which will be held this month.


Media contact: Myra Wright, mgwright@wakehealth.edu, 336-713-8806