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Alpha Omega Alpha announces 2017 Fellow in Leadership Award recipients


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society has announced the recipients of its 2017 Alpha Omega Alpha Fellow in Leadership Award. The three fellows were selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates from medical schools and institutions across the country. The three fellows are:

Jonathan Fish, MD
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine / Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York

Dr. Fish (AΩA, SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine, 1999) serves as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. He did his residency in pediatric medicine at the Schneider Children’s Hospital Long Island Jewish Medical Center where he served as pediatric chief resident. Following residency, Dr. Fish completed his clinical training with a fellowship in pediatric hematology / oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he also served as an instructor of pediatric oncology. In 2008, after joining the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, he he became the Founding Director of Survivors Facing Forward (SURFF) program, a long-term follow-up program for survivors of childhood cancer. SURFF provides care for nearly 600 survivors, and has served as a foundation for multiple re-search projects, publications, grants and awards.


Timothy Lucas, MD, PhD
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Lucas (AΩA, University of Florida, 2000) is a board-certified surgeon-scientist at the University of Pennsylvania. He divides his time between his clinical practice and his engineering lab, the Translational Neuromodulation Lab. His research efforts focus on developing implantable brain computer interface devices to restore bi-directional communication between the body and brain following paralysis. His research has been supported by NIH, NSF, DoD, foundations and corporate partnerships.




Michele Manahan, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Manahan (AΩA, Johns Hopkins University, 2001) attended Harvard University and graduated in three years, obtaining summa cum laude honors. She was also elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, and Alpha Omega Honor Medical Society. Dr. Manahan earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins. She serves in national leadership positions in medical organizations including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and state leadership positions in medical organizations such as MedChi. She has served as vice speaker in the Maryland State Medical Association House of Delegates. She is also a member of the Baltimore City Medical Board of Trustees.

The fellows will each receive $25,000 to be used fund their respective leadership development projects. They will also receive coaching and mentorship from nationally renowned leaders in medicine to help them exemplify the qualities of leading from within, AΩA’s professional values, and the concepts of servant leadership.

Previous fellows have attributed this award to preparing them for career advancements, taking on more responsibility, and better advocating for their needs.

“I am quite thrilled with the quality of the fellows this year,” says Richard L. Byyny, MD, FACP, Executive Director of Alpha Omega Alpha. “The AΩA Fellow in Leadership Award is a unique opportunity to support emerging physician leaders in their careers and give them new leadership opportunities in medicine. This group of fellows joins our nine previous AΩA Fellows in Leadership in becoming the next generation of leaders in medicine."


The 2017 Fellow in Leadership Orientation took place in June at the new AΩA Headquarters in Colorado.
Front row, L to R: Dee Martinez, AΩA Chief of Staff; Richard Byyny, MD, FACP, AΩA Executive Director; Eve Higginbotham, SM, MD, AΩA Fellow in Leadership Chair; Joe Stubbs, MD, MACP, President AΩA Board of Directors; Diane Magrane, MD, Fellow in Leadership Program Faculty; Jonathan Fish, MD, 2017 Fellow; Timothy Lucas, MD, PhD, 2017 Fellow; Michele Manahan, MD, 2017 Fellow. Back row: Alan Robinson, MD, Fellow in Leadership Program Faculty; Kathi Becker, Fellow in Leadership Program Staff; Charles Schlelen, MD, MBA, Institutional Mentor to Dr. Fish; Wiley Souba, MD, ScD, MBA, Fellow in Leadership Program Faculty; M. Sean Grady, MD, Institutional Mentor to Dr. Lucas; John Tooker, MD, MBA, MACP, Fellow in Leadership Program Faculty.

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AΩA)
Since its founding in 1902, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society has recognized and advocated for excellence in scholarship, demonstrated professionalism, and the growth of physician leadership in the profession of medicine. Through 131 active chapters in the United States and Lebanon, more than 3,900 new members are inducted into the society each year. More than 55 Nobel Prize winners are members of Alpha Omega Alpha, as well as 11 of the 19 United States Surgeons General, including Dr. Vivek Murthy. Nearly 75% of deans of U.S. medical schools are members of AΩA. Alpha Omega Alpha annually grants more than $1.5 million in programs and awards to impact medical students, residents, teachers, and community physicians.

Updated on September 1, 2017.


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