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Invitation and Program for Georgia Campus' 2014 Champions of Healthcare Awards.

Keynote Speaker: Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, 18th Surgeon General of the United States

Awardees: Linda Williams; Georgia Campus Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Library Staff; Samuel John, PharmD; Richard W. White, PhD; Mary P. Owen, BS, MS, JD, PhD, CS; Avadhesh C. Sharma, PharmD, PhD; Ravi Shekarappa, MD; Nojan Valadi, MD; Gülsedef Arslan (MS/Biomed ‘15); Joylaina Speaks (PharmD ‘16); Lauren Smith (DO ‘16)

Publication Date



Duluth, GA


Champions of Healthcare Awards, Regina Benjamin


Medicine and Health Sciences


Master of Ceremonies: Vince Sims: CBS46 News Reporter/Anchor

Invocation: Dejhara Wellons (DO '16): President, Student National Medical Association

Welcome/Closing Remarks: Lisa M. McBride, PhD: Chief Diversity Officer

Remarks: R. Bryan Ginn, Jr: Chief Campus Officer

Champions of Health Care Awardees

Frontline Champions

  • Linda Williams: Administrative Assistant, Biomedical Sciences
  • Georgia Campus Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Library Staff: Skye Bickett, MLIS, AHIP; Erica Rosalle; Meghan DiRito; Richard Saldivar, MLIS

Educator of Excellence

  • Samuel John, PharmD: Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
  • Richard W. White, PhD: Professor of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology


  • Mary P. Owen, BS, MS, JD, PhD, CS: Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Avadhesh C. Sharma, PharmD, PhD: Chair and Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Clinician of Excellence

  • Ravi Shekarappa, MD: Internal Medicine, Attending Physician, Warner Robins Medical Clinic, PC; and Houston Medical Center, Warner Robins
  • Nojan Valadi, MD: Neurologist/Neurohospitalist, St. Francis Hospital, St. Francis Neurology, Columbus

Student of Merit

  • Gülsedef Arslan (MS/Biomed ‘15): Biomedical Sciences
  • Joylaina Speaks (PharmD ‘16): Pharmacy
  • Lauren Smith (DO ‘16): Osteopathic Medicine

Keynote Address: Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA: 18th Surgeon General of the United States

The Gift of Giving: Alisa Toney: Alumni Relations and Development Officer

Champions of Healthcare Awards 2014 Program