The OHSU School of Medicine celebrated 107 faculty members receiving promotions or appointments at the 2019 Promotion & Tenure Ceremony Sept. 25 in the BICC Gallery.
“This ceremony and the faculty advancement that we celebrate today is a foundational part of who we are and what we do as an academic institution,” said Dean Sharon Anderson. “Climbing the ladder of academia requires hard work, tenacity and significant accomplishment. Congratulations to each of you and thank you to your chairs, your mentors and the School of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Committee who helped to get you here.”
Noting that women in academic medicine still lag behind men in occupying the highest faculty ranks, Dr. Anderson shared that 52 percent of the faculty being appointed or promoted this year and 52 percent of the promotions to professor are women. Among promotions to associate professor, 54 percent are women.
Dr. Anderson gave special thanks to Frances Biagioli, M.D., professor of family medicine, OHSU School of Medicine, who chairs the Promotion and Tenure Committee, and the whole committee for their dedication and considerable effort.
The ceremony featured two ascending faculty members.
David Zonies, M.D., advancing to the rank of professor of surgery in the Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery, is director of surgical critical care and the Extracorporal Life Support Program at OHSU. He is a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He is also cross-trained in hospice and palliative medicine.
In his remarks about Dr. Zonies, Kenneth Azarow, M.D., professor and chair of surgery, pointed out the rarity of a trauma surgeon who not only exemplifies the confidence and incisiveness required to save the lives of critically injured patients but also the compassion and humility of a hospice physician.
“David looks at his patients in a different way,” Dr. Azarow said. “He is with his patients to the end.”
Dr. Zonies recognized his mentors, including Drs. Azarow, Martin Schreiber, Karen Brasel and John Hunter. He said Dr. Hunter, then chair of surgery and now CEO of the OHSU health system, guided him at a key moment in the creation of OHSU’s ECMO program, which stands for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, a life-saving intervention for many trauma patients.
Jennifer DeVoe, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of family medicine, recognized Alexandra Verdieck Deylaeminck, M.D., who advanced to associate professor of family medicine.
Dr. Verdieck Deylaeminck is senior associate director of education in the Family Medicine Residency Program. She is recognized as a national expert in residency education, having assisted the expansion to a four-year residency, development of new rotations, creation of the cutting-edge Clinic First Curriculum, and more, and serving as a valuable consultant to other residencies around the country.
Dr. Verdieck Deylaeminck is also a co-founder of the Benson Wellness Center, which provides health services to students at Benson High School in Northeast Portland, including to students in the alternative programs housed there.
“Alex is an exceptional educational leader with a strong commitment to service at OHSU and beyond,” Dr. DeVoe said. “Her work at Benson High School has also greatly improved care for adolescents while positively impacted our learners and the greater community.”
Dr. Verdieck Deylaeminck shared her pride and gratitude in her work, especially the opportunity to have a wider impact through the Benson Wellness Center. (View TV news coverage about the center, including an interview with Dr. Verdieck Deylaeminck.)
Dr. Biagioli, promotion and tenure chair, reminded ceremony attendees about the crucial role of mentors in faculty advancement and the responsibility that each ascending faculty member also has.
“I encourage each of you to reach back to mentor others,” she said. It is not only a support to junior faculty, “it is part of our wellness and joy in our careers.”