Commissioned Corps Holds Promotion Ceremony
At the 11th annual promotion ceremony held recently, 19 Commissioned Corps members were honored for their achievement. NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak and Acting Deputy Surgeon General Scott Giberson attended.
Tabak congratulated officers being promoted and extolled the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps mission to protect, promote and advance the health and safety of our nation.
Giberson expressed his gratitude both to family members and NIH leadership for their commitment and support of the PHS mission. He implored newly promoted officers to be proud of their role in protecting and advancing the nation’s health. He said the officers should continue to serve and lead by example with honor and humility.
There were many smiles, hugs and congratulatory pats on the back as the new rank was placed on each officer’s shoulders. The following officers were promoted in these categories:
Medical—promoted to Commander: Stephen Hewitt (NCI)
Veterinary—promoted to Commander: Evan Shukan (NINDS)
Pharmacy—promoted to Captain: David Diwa (NIAID)
Nurse—promoted to Captain: Chad Koratich (CC), Kelly Richards (NCI); promoted to Commander: Margaret Bevans (CC), Amy Chi (NHLBI), Leorey Saligan (NINR), Kimberly Scott (CC), Leslie Wehrlen (CC); promoted to Lieutenant Commander: Candice Cottle-Delisle (NCI), Ashleigh Hussey (NIAID); promoted to Lieutenant: Tyhis Coates (CC), Natasha Kormanik (NCI), Raven McGlotten (CC), Leslie Poudrier (CC)
Health Services—promoted to Commander: John Hubbard (NIDA); promoted to Lieutenant Commander: Cornelius Moore (NHLBI)
Engineer—promoted to Lieutenant Commander: Leo Gumapas (OD).
Gea-Banacloche Named 2013 Distinguished Clinical Teacher
Dr. Juan Gea-Banacloche (c) accepts congratulations after receiving the 2013 Distinguished Clinical Teacher Award, presented by the NIH fellows committee. The honor was conferred prior to Grand Rounds on Sept. 11 in Masur Auditorium. At left is Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin and at right is Dr. Abbas Ali, chair of the award committee. The award recognizes Gea-Banacloche’s contributions to mentoring health professionals, teaching and clinical research. He is chief of the NIH Infectious Disease Consultation Service. Currently, he studies the infectious complications of stem cell transplant.