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Haroutounian and Musleh honored with Distinguished Service Teaching Awards

Washington University School of Medicine recently announced the recipients of the 2023 Distinguished Service Teaching Awards, spotlighting the exceptional achievements of two faculty members from the Department of Anesthesiology, Simon Haroutounian, PhD, MSc, and Amjad Musleh, MD. This prestigious recognition highlights their unparalleled commitment and contributions to the field of medical education.

Each year, supported by the Office of Medical Student Education, medical students vote to recognize faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional effort, dedication, and patience in their teaching roles. These awards honor educators who have significantly influenced the training and development of future physicians.

Haroutounian, awarded the Distinguished Service Teaching Award for Research, serves as the Chief of the Division of Clinical and Translational Research (DoCTR) and Chief of Clinical Pain Research at the Washington University Pain Center. His dedication to cultivating a research-centric learning environment enriches the educational experience for students, inspiring a new generation of physician-scientists.

Musleh, the recipient of the Distinguished Service Teaching Award for Critical Thinking, serves as an Assistant Professor for the Departments of Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine. He also serves as the Co-Director of Critical Care Ultrasound Education and is the Assistant Director of Student Coaching at the School of Medicine. His award is a testament to his commitment to fostering critical thinking skills among medical students, essential for navigating the complexities of modern healthcare.

“Dr. Haroutounian and Dr. Musleh embody the pinnacle of academic excellence, setting a benchmark in medical education at Washington University,” said Head of the Department of Anesthesiology, Michael S. Avidan, MBBCh, FCA SA. “Their innovative teaching methods and unwavering commitment to student development not only enrich our medical programs but also prepare our students to excel in a rapidly evolving healthcare landscape.”

Haroutounian and Musleh, along with other WashU honorees, will be formally recognized at the annual Distinguished Service Teaching Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

Congratulations to both esteemed educators on their well-deserved awards.