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Professors recognized for superior
professors were selected to receive the 2008 MUSC Foundation Teaching
Excellence Awards for their accomplishments in mentoring and lecturing.
Marc Judson, M.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary
and Critical Care Medicine received the Clinician/Professional
Karen Wager, DBA, associate professor in the Department of Health
Administration and Policy received the award for Educator-Lecturer.
Judson and Wager will be formally recognized in August during the fall
convocation. Each professor will received $3,000, a citation, and a
special medallion to be worn with their academic regalia at all future
“Nominated by their peers and students, these professors are judged
against stringent standards established by the university. These
recipients deserve our highest praise for
the contributions they have made and continue to make to our
educational mission. They serve as role models for all of us who are
fortunate enough to spend our careers in academia. It is clear they are
also role models for the scores of individuals they have motivated,
enlightened, and prepared to be outstanding health professionals. We
are indeed fortunate to have them among us,” said Valerie T. West,
Ed.D. associate provost for education and student life.
Judson was selected as the Educator-Mentor Award in the
Clinical/Professional category. Among his areas of expertise, Judson is
an international authority on sarcoidosis, an immune system disorder
that can cause lumps to form in any organ, but more commonly the lungs
and lymph nodes.
Judson is the director of the MUSC Sarcoidosis Center, which is one of
the largest such clinics in the country. He has obtained two National
Institutes of Health grants in sarcoidosis and conducted numerous
trials concerning the etiology, epidemiology and treatment of
sarcoidosis; and he has authored numerous papers on the disorder.
Judson’s other interests include non-invasive pulmonary aspergillus
disease and lung transplantation.
Judson, who earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt, came to MUSC in
1989 from the VA hospital in Columbia. Board certified in pulmonary
disease and critical care, he attained full professorship in 2002.
“Marc brings an undiluted and genuine passion for scholarship to every
forum. His dynamism and energy are palpable and constant,” wrote Qanta
Ahmed, M.D., associate professor of medicine and associate director of
MUSC’s Sleep Center, in her nomination of Judson. “Learning occurs as a
matter of dialogue with Marc, whether between fellows of faculty,
between attending colleagues or when witnessing the exchange between
Marc and his patients. …Among MUSC faculty, he is without question the
jewel in the crown. His brilliance is truly illuminating and we are
privileged to find ourselves within his blaze. Though many are destined
to remain forever no more than polished Sophists, he is our very own
Wager was selected to receive this year’s Educator-Lecturer Award. An
expert on health information, management systems and informatics, Wager
has authored numerous articles for academic, medical and pro-fessional
journals and books; and she is a sought-after lecturer on topics that
also include inter-professional health education, health records
privacy laws, and health administration.
A University of Pittsburgh graduate, Wager received her master's degree
health administration and health informatics administration from MUSC
in 1988. She earned her Doctor of Business Administration degree with a
focus on information systems from the University of Sarasota.
Since being at MUSC in the College of Health Professions (CHP), Wager
directed the master’s health administration (MHA) and undergraduate
health information administration programs.
“I think of Karen as an outstanding educator that I am proud to call
colleague,” wrote James Zoller, Ph.D., associate professor and CHP
interim chair, in his nomination of Wager. “She has the admiration and
respect of her students, her fellow faculty members, and her
“Well-planned course sessions, exceptional organization, effective
delivery style, both in person and on the web; trust and credibility
with students, innovative approaches, and commitment to excellence—all
of these characteristics make Karen Wager a superb educator and an
inspiration to all of us,” wrote Andrea White, Ph.D., associate
professor and MHA program director.
“Dr. Wager is an extraordinary teacher. She has extensive knowledge of
the academic and practitioner aspects and issues of health information
technology and management,” wrote West. “She is adept at bringing
together the latest research in the field and her experiences in
working on clinical information systems initiatives as a member of the
MUSC Information Systems department. ... She is a terrific example of
Friday, May 16, 2008
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