The Martha A. Hooven Awards for Excellence
2020 Virtual Ceremony
Tune in on Friday 1/22/2021, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, to watch the 2020 virtual award ceremony.
Celebrating Employees' Commitment to Excellence
The Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons proudly presents the annual Martha A. Hooven Awards for Excellence to exceptional employees, or groups of employees, for their outstanding performance and contributions. Initiated in 2008, this award is intended to inspire all of us to strive for the very highest level of excellence by recognizing some of our truly exceptional people.
In 2019 the award was renamed the Martha A. Hooven Awards for Excellence, in recognition of Hooven’s contributions as Vice Dean of Administration at VP&S since 2007, when she joined Columbia from UCSF.
2020 Award Information
See the 2020 awardees below. Read more about the awardees via the CUIMC Newsroom story, "VP&S Honors Seven Employees with Martha A. Hooven Awards for Excellence".
Vincent C. Santana Officer of Administration/Managerial Award
Senior Executive Director, Patient Facilitated Services and Stewardship, VP&S Office of Development
Officer of Administration/Administrative Professional Award
Wei Jia Wang
Grants Manager, Department of Medicine, Columbia Center for Translational Immunology
Officer of Research Award
Senior Staff Associate, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Oncology Precision Therapeutics and Imaging Core
SSA Union Member/Clerical Technical Award
Senior Research Worker, Institute for Cancer Genetics, Pasqualucci/ Dalla-Favera Lab
Brandon Ray Christophe
Research Worker, Department of Neurological Surgery
Community Service Award
Joan S. Bregstein, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (in Emergency Medicine) at CUMC
Special Recognition in Mentoring Award (Posthumous)
Department Administrator, Department of Psychiatry
Each year, the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons recognizes outstanding performance with the Awards for Excellence. Honoring individual and group achievements, the dean presents each awardee with a plaque and a $750 gift card. We will recognize one person or group in each of the following categories:
- Officer of administration
- Vincent C. Santana Officer of Administration/Managerial Award
- Professional / Administrative
- Staff officer of research
- SSA Union Member
- Clerical/ Technical
- Community Service
- A member of the faculty, staff, or a VP&S-based group that provides exceptional community service
- A member of the faculty, staff, or a group within VP&S that promotes diversity
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons is a superb place to work because so many of us put forth our best efforts every day. The level of excellence by our employees makes this one of the finest medical schools in the country.
To nominate someone for one of the Martha A. Hooven Awards for Excellence, please fill out our nomination form:
For more information, please reach out to the following contact in Human Resources: