The Gill Awards
Gill Recognition Award
The Gill Recognition Program seeks nominations of staff, faculty, trainee, or an entire area to recognize outstanding work based on one or more of the criteria below.
• Going the extra mile to help colleagues or patients
• Inspiring others
• Preventing a serious adverse event
• Embracing a spirit of constant improvement
• Creating a valuable learning opportunity or environment
• Developing an innovative approach or solution
• Outstanding commitment to a scholarly pursuit
Nominations should include the individual name or area and a brief description of the outstanding work.
The Gill Recognition Award will be awarded quarterly. Please submit your nominations by the 15th of each month.
You may open the nomination form on your web browser by clicking the link below: Gill Recognition Program.
January through March 2023
Krista Lewis, RN, Advanced Heart Failure Coordinator
“Krista is a daily smile for both her patients and the entire staff and providers. She is dedicated to the care of her patients. We are all better because of her efforts. This is a very deserving award.” - Dr. Vincent Sorrell
"Very well deserved! Krista is amazing and always goes above and beyond!" - Dr. Emma Birks
“Krista is the most patient-centered, kind, and selfless person I have had the pleasure and privilege of knowing throughout my time at UK. She has always gone the extra mile to ensure our patients are well taken care of during their hospital stay and once they leave. It has been my absolute joy to have had the opportunity to work with her during my time here. This honor is well deserved!!” - Dr. Paul Anaya
“I would like to thank her for all the time she has gone well out of her way to make the patients feel comfortable in the clinic. Just yesterday she grabbed a blanket as the patient was feeling chilly in the clinic.” - Dr. Gaurang Vaidya
“It is a hard earned and well deserved recognition!” - Dr. Andrew Kolodziej
“Krista truly cares about her patients. At the end of every day, her primary goal is to make sure her patients have whatever it is they need. We’re lucky to have her as part of our team, and her patients are lucky to have her on their team.” - Julia Jones Akhtarekhavari, BSN, RN, Heart Failure Operations Director
Dr. Paul Anaya, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Congratulations to Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine Dr. Paul Anaya (photo right) for receiving the June 2022 Gill Recognition Award! Dr. Sorrell, the acting chief of cardiovascular medicine, nominated Dr. Anaya.
Dr. Sorrell's nomination of Dr. Anaya reads:
"Dr. Anaya stepped up and assigned himself to the Moonlighting Overnight Schedule during the 2022 Fellowship Graduation Party so all the fellows could attend graduation. This is going the extra mile to help colleagues."
Casey Caton, Gill Cardiopulmonary Technician
Congratulations to Gill Cardiopulmonary Technician Casey Caton (photo left) for receiving the May 2022 Gill Recognition Award! Casey was recognized by Megan Payne (photo right), non-invasive cardiology ops supervisor, and Tami Neal (not pictured), cardiovascular noninvasive operations director, for his outstanding work.
Here is what Megan and Tami (respectively) had to say about Casey:
"Casey was instrumental in coordinating the replacement of the EKG fleet. Casey tracked every EKG machine enterprise wide, so we knew how many to order. He coordinated with the GE rep and several from the UK organization to receive the new machines, set them up, and get them distributed to their new areas. Without Casey this task would have been daunting and taken significantly more time, and been much less organized."
"The University ordered a complete fleet replacement of the EKG carts. Casey took ownership of the project and communicated with GE, Clinical Engineering, Management, and the departments to assist with the organization and completion of this project. His leadership and organization of the project helped make the transition from the old carts to the new carts a seamless process."
Rebecca Craft, Cardiovascular Services Outreach Operations Director
Congratulations to Cardiovascular Services Outreach Operations Director Rebecca Craft (photo right) for receiving the 2022 Gill Recognition Award! Rebecca was recognized by Vincent Sorrell (photo left),Acting Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, for her outstanding work.
Here is what Dr. Sorrell had to say about Rebecca:
"Rebecca has been committed to the growth and success of the GHVI since its infancy. Her dedication is recognized across the state where she is seen as the go-to person for all UK questions and proposed relationships or patient needs. It is refreshing to have someone develop their skills so extensively by staying involved in the same mission for so many years."
Dr. Stumpf, Assistant Professor of Physiology
Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Physiology Dr. Stumpf (left) for receiving the March 2022 Gill Recognition Award! Brian Delisle (right), professor of physiology, nominated Beth.
Brian’s nomination of Beth reads: "Dr. Stumpf is always going the extra mile to help colleagues and advance her research. Like many of us, she works beyond the traditional 5-day workweek and typically comes in weekends to make sure experiments are running smoothly. She co-mentors several trainees and is always listening and encouraging others in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Physiology. Dr. Stumpf continually challenges herself by leading research projects in multiple disciplines. She works in the area of circadian rhythms, cardiovascular physiology and muscle physiology. She has published 5 articles in each of these disciplines this past summer (2021) alone. Dr. Stumpf is always working to generate new knowledge with her research- whether it is investigating molecular mechanisms for cardiac excitability or the role that enzymes in muscle have on muscle strength/weakness. Two of her original research papers, published this past month, in Journal of Applied Physiology were recognized by the editorial boards APSselect- which recognizes the top articles published in all ten American Physiological Journals! This is an outstanding accomplishment. As a research Assistant Professor, Dr. Stumpf does not always get the recognition she deserves. Her work has continually been the basis for extramurally funded research projects from the National Institutes of Health; she is happy to train and work with trainees to learn new techniques; and she is always the first to volunteer to try something new. She is an amazing colleague deserving of recognition for her collegiality, effort, scholarship, and innovative research."
Megan Petit, Gill Medical Assistant
Congratulations to Gill Medical Assistant, Megan Petit, (right) for receiving the February 2022 Gill Recognition Award! Dee Abrams (left), an advanced practice provider in Gill Heart & Vascular Institute, nominated Megan.
Dee's nomination of Megan reads: "Megan exemplifies the role of CST within our department. She manages several clinics simultaneously, always gives her providers impeccable support and forms bonds with patients that improves the quality of care we provide. She is the first to offer to assist anyone and the last person to give up. In my opinion, she is what UK Providers should strive to emulate."
Ashley West, Gill Patient Services Coordinator
Congratulations to Gill Patient Services Coordinator Ashley West for receiving the January 2022 Gill Recognition Award! Dana Moore, a clinical nurse at Gill, nominated Ashley.
Dana's nomination of Ashley reads: "There is not a day that goes by that we do not have to call on Ashley to work her magic. Ashley always answers the phone with a cheerful voice, she always is willing to help us trouble shoot our problem but most important and the thing I love the most is she ALWAYS puts the patient first. Ashley helps us get our patients scheduled for follow-ups in a quick and timely manner, Ashley always makes sure we have everything correct. Ashley even one day directed me on how to complete a clinic chart for a patient we were seeing in the Cath Lab (AGAIN KEEPING and PUTTING the patient as the focus). We are so lucky to have Ashley looking out and caring for our patients."
Bryana Levitan, Cardiac Sonographer
Congratulations to cardiac sonographer Bryana Levitan (left) for receiving the December 2021 Gill Recognition Award. Bryana was nominated by Jonathan Satin, PhD (right).
Dr. Satin's nomination of Bryana reads: "Bryana Levitan is a key contributor to research and in the clinic. Bryana exemplifies much sought-after clinician-investigators that bridge clinical practice and fundamental research. In the laboratory, Bryana is the leading expert in cardiac ultrasound. She also works with trainees and participates in multiple aspects of research projects. Many laboratories in or affiliated with the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center turn to Bryana for expertise for cardiovascular imaging of animal research subjects. In addition to her work in the clinic, and with multiple basic science labs, Bryana volunteers on the physiology department equipment use committee."
Vedant Gupta, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
Congratulations to Vedant Gupta, MD, (left) assistant professor of medicine, for receiving the October 2021 Gill Recognition Award. Dr. Gupta was nominated by Steve Leung, MD (right).
Dr. Leung's nomination of Dr. Gupta reads: "Dr. Gupta has been instrumental over the past few years in the division from clinical care to education. He has frequently stepped up to cover colleagues despite his already busy schedule and see extra patients in clinic even though they are not scheduled to be in clinic. He has developed the new post-CCU clinic and transitions of care clinic for patients who were recently hospitalized, to ensure that they have quick follow-up, minimize their likelihood of needing readmission, and ease the transition back to their outpatient care providers. He developed and worked with many other departments to implement the optimal care pathway regarding the use of high-sensitivity troponin, which reduced patients' length of stay in the emergency department. Despite these works, he has been a mentor to many fellows and their research projects, which has resulted in many national abstracts and publications."
Steve W. Leung, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine
Congratulations to Steve W. Leung, MD, (right) associate professor of medicine, for receiving the September 2021 Gill Recognition Award. Dr. Leung was nominated by Dr. Vincent L. Sorrell, MD (left).
Dr. Leung was recognized by Dr. Sorrell for his outstanding work and going above and beyond (the extra mile) during EPIC installment and the continued transition.
Monica Peterman, Administrative Coordinator
Congratulations to Monica Peterman (right), administrative coordinator for the Gill Affiliate Network, for receiving the August 2021 Gill Recognition Award. Peterman was recognized by Rebecca Craft, MS, MBA (left), director of cardiovascular outreach operations.
Here is what Rebecca had to say: "Since Monica started working at Gill in a full-time capacity last November, she has been an invaluable addition to the Gill Affiliate Network team. She has developed countless processes and procedures to streamline, organize, and improve the network's myriad initiatives and is always willing to perform any job or task with a can-do attitude. She has single-handedly taken on several significant projects, including managing nearly all aspects of The Pulse, the affiliate network's bimonthly webinar series. This entails completing all accreditation requirements, coordinating speaker logistics, developing the invitation, and managing the attendee list. In addition, Monica spearheaded the use of Mailchimp to improve communication among the affiliate network's 20 hospitals. This required collaboration with marketing to train on the software and development of the standard format for communication distributed across the network. In addition, Monica manages the backend operations of the affiliate network. This involves tracking projects for each hospital, managing the affiliate network distribution list (nearly 600 individuals), and organizing and maintaining the current list of over 100 initiatives and requests from affiliate sites. Monica analyzes situations, foresees issues and problems, and develops solutions. She is an outstanding addition to the Gill Affiliate Network team, and I am thrilled to nominate her for this award."
Jacob Stone, Exercise Physiologist Supervisor
Congratulations to Jacob Stone, exercise physiologist supervisor for UK HealthCare's diagnostic heart services, for receiving the June 2021 Gill Recognition Award. Stone was nominated by the entire cardiac rehabilitation staff.
"Jacob is a wonderful leader, always going the extra mile to improve patient care by innovative approaches and constantly thinking about the improvement of current procedures. In the past year, Jacob has been able to adapt to the pandemic constraints while maintaining high-quality care for cardiac rehab patients. Cardiac rehab closed its doors for only eight weeks due to COVID-19, while many programs across the state remained closed for well into the summer months, very much in part to Jacob's efforts.
During the closure, Jacob initiated home exercise plans for current patients at the time of closure and continued communication about reopening. He created a reopening plan, and the national cardiac rehab organization released very similar information weeks later. He was ahead of the curve. During this time, he explored and was able to initiate and implement a hybrid home-based cardiac rehab program to serve those patients who were affected by their local cardiac rehab facility closures who otherwise would not have been able to receive cardiac rehab services.
In addition to these accomplishments, he is well on his way to approval of a cardiac rehab facility expansion adding much-needed additional space for equipment and expanded dietary educational opportunities. He has also been an integral part of designing a cardiac rehab-specific workflow in EPIC that is tailored to our facility. Jacob continually provides outreach education about cardiac rehab to incoming residents and fellows and recently provided education to Cardinal Hill providers as well. He has participated in many community service events about hands-only CPR, including teaching the UK football team this lifesaving skill. Not only is Jacob the supervisor of cardiac rehab with all the manager duties, but he also provides patient care on a daily basis. His dedication and passion for the cardiac rehab program here at UK has been unwavering, and we, his staff, are so fortunate and blessed to have him as our fearless boss. We believe he is most deserving of this recognition."
Ken Campbell, PhD, Professor of Physiology
Congratulations to Ken Campbell, PhD, professor of physiology, for receiving the May 2021 Gill Recognition Award. Ken was nominated by Mindy Thompson, MBA, research program manager in physiology.
"Dr. Campbell meets most, if not all, of the criteria for this award. A few years after his arrival at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Campbell developed an innovative approach with one of the cardiologists to start a cardiac biobank using limited resources available to his lab. Dr. Campbell serves as the director of graduate studies and teaches several courses including MD826. He takes pride in making course material exciting, easily accessible, and comprehendible. While most professors might dread receiving class reviews at the end of the semester, Dr. Campbell welcomes the opportunity for improvement. He frequently seeks ways to improve both professionally and personally. Dr. Campbell has an inspiring personality that allows him to encourage others and has allowed him to build an unbelievable internal and external network. The support he offers his colleagues and mentees is unsurpassed. This, I was able to witness when he had a lab reunion on Zoom. Several of his previous students or postdocs joined a Zoom reunion to catch up. All five of them had nothing but positive things to say about Dr. Campbell, but most importantly, the work culture they described is the same, if not better, today. A positive work culture can be challenging to create let alone maintain, and improve, over the course of 17 years which speaks volumes to his character and leadership!"
Cardiac Cath Lab
Congratulations to the Cardiac Cath Lab for being recognized by a patient and receiving the April 2021 Gill Recognition Award!
A patient wrote a note on her patient survey to compliment the staff who provided care during her visit. "I have dealt with a lot of medical staff in the past, but they really outdid themselves in the Cath Lab. I can not say enough about Cory. He was so genuine and nice and easy to ask any questions to. Steve, Clarissa, and Faith were awesome in the procedure room as well. I also saw Pita for my echo and she was super gentle, which I needed after my procedure." She asks for the manager to review and recognize the staff for their great work.
She'Ahna Leach (left) was nominated by Shawynie Washington (right) for the March 2021 Gill Recognition Award.
"She'Ahna seeks out to improve processes for the better of patients and her colleagues. She sees situations before they happen. She'Ahna jumps in to help when needed and before she is asked. A very well-rounded employee and team player. Always looks to improve a patient's experience."
Gill Foundation of Texas
The Gill Awards, given each year through the generous support of the Gill Foundation of Texas, honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine, both through research and clinical care. The awards are based on nominations and assessment by a committee of prominent cardiovascular researchers from across the nation.
Scott J. Cameron, MD, PhD, section head of Vascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, was awarded the Gill Heart and Vascular Institute Early Career Gill Award. Given to those early in their careers, typically within the first seven years of their faculty appointment, the awardees are recognized for innovation and creativity that has impacted cardiovascular research and advancements in clinical care. The committee selected Cameron based on him rapidly developing a high-profile research program to determine the role of platelets on vascular diseases.
Cameron will present his body of work at the Annual Gill Heart and Vascular Institute Cardiovascular Research Day on Oct. 28, 2022, where he also will receive a plaque and a cash prize of $10,000.
Kathryn Moore, PhD, the Jean and David Blechman Professor of Cardiology and professor of cell biology at New York University, was awarded the Gill Heart and Vascular Institute Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cardiovascular Research. Moore was honored for her notable and life-long achievements in research and its impact on cardiovascular biology and disease and the standard of cardiovascular clinical care. This has included published many high cited manuscripts of pioneering work that describes the role of immunity and micro RNAs in development of atherosclerotic diseases. In 2021, Moore was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Moore will present her body of work at the Cardiovascular Research Day where she will also receive a plaque and a cash prize of $25,000.
“We are grateful for the support of Linda and Jack Gill to recognize these high accomplished investigators and afford them the opportunity visit our campus to interact with all the members of the University of Kentucky Cardiovascular Research Priority Area,” said Alan Daughtery, director of the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center and Gill Foundation Chair in Preventive Cardiology.
About the Gill Foundation
The Gill Foundation of Texas focuses on providing scholarships for economically disadvantaged students; creating Centers of Excellence in technical fields (e.g., cardiovascular sciences, neurosciences and entrepreneurial programs for scientists, engineers & physicians); and creating novel courses, seminars and programs to promote interdisciplinary collaboration at universities.
Their $5 million donation in 1997 established the Linda and Jack Gill Heart and Vascular Institute (GHVI) at UK HealthCare, home to cutting-edge cardiovascular research, clinical care and education for cardiovascular professionals. GHVI focuses on advancing the knowledge of cardiovascular disease, diagnoses, clinical treatments and prevention. This donation also funded an endowed chair in preventive cardiology, five endowed professorships, endowed research and special programs and supports the annual Cardiovascular Research Day symposia.