The Dean's Office is pleased to sponsor two awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to the educational mission: The Kaiser-Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Serge and Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award, which were established in 1991 and 2009 respectively. These are peer-reviewed awards that recognize outstanding dedication, innovation, and sustained excellence in clinical and classroom teaching. The awards honor exceptional educators at the David Geffen School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals who have made exceptional contributions to medical education. The awards carry a $1500 honorarium with recognition given to recipients at the annual Awards for Education Reception and during the Hippocratic Oath Ceremony.

The Kaiser-Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching is focused on medical student education and designed for faculty who meet at least 3 of the following 4 criteria:
  • Carried an exceptional teaching load, including medical school teaching, with sustained excellence over the years
  • Created educational innovations
  • Managed an educational component with skill, innovation, enthusiasm, and success
  • Played a key role in interdepartmental educational activities
The Serge and Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award's primary focus is clinical teaching of medical students and residents and designed for faculty who meet at least 3 of the following 4 criteria:
  • Carried an exceptional clinical teaching load for students and/or residents
  • Sustained excellence as a clinical teacher, with at least 10 years on faculty at UCLA
  • Demonstrated evidence of a scholarly approach to clinical teaching and clinical work
  • Noted by peers for the value of his/her clinical teaching and clinical care

2019 Award Recipients



Kaiser-Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching Recipients

Peyman Benharash, MDSurgery (UCLA)
Chandra N. Smart, MDPathology & Lab. Med. (UCLA)

Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

Christian de Virgilio, MDSurgery (Harbor-UCLA)
Monica Sifuentes, MD Pediatrics (Harbor-UCLA)
Tisha Wang, MD Medicine (UCLA)