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July 2021 Exceptional Teachers

We are interested in collecting your stories about faculty members, residents, nurses, or anyone else, who have impacted or influenced you in a significant way. Please tell us about what those teachers did that resulted in an exceptional educational experience and how it changed you.

July 2021 Submissions

Below are the exceptional teacher recognitions shared with the Learning Environment Advocacy Committee this month. Thank you to these faculty for providing a great experience for our students. 

Family and Community Medicine

  • Dr. Kim Dulaney - “An absolute pleasure to work with. Perfect blend of student autonomy and teaching.”
  • Dr. Braden Gregory - “Fantastic teacher, really let's you experience as much as you can.”

Internal Medicine

  • Dr. Mayada Issa - “Dr. Issa made rounds a very educational experience. She made sure not to leave the hospital each day until we had all learned something of value, gave us powerpoint presentations on relevant topics, and made each day very focused on student and resident learning opportunities.”
  • Dr. Caleb Hubbard - “Super responsive. Always kept the students in the loop. Very kind. Great teacher.”


  • Dr. David Epstein - “Dr. Epstein was a wonderful faculty member who clearly cares about his work. He taught not only concepts of neurology, but philosophy of the diagnostic process and how to be a proactive provider. I only wish I'd had more time with him!”
  • Dr. Nasser Mohammed - “Nasser clearly loves his work and readily involves the student in clinical decision-making.”


  • Dr. Elizabeth Stewart - “Only lecture this year that included real practice questions from practice books. I really appreciate this, and it helped synthesize the material. Thank you!”
  • Dr. Andrew Hayes - “Dr. Hayes welcomed me into the team on the first day and took time to get me oriented. He was always positive and enthusiastic about teaching and getting the students involved in patient care. Really enjoyed my time with him and would love to work with him again!”

Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine

  • Dr. Justin White - “Great teacher. Enthusiastic. Welcomed me to the team. Great with patients.”
  • Dr. Laura Huff - “Excellent teacher. made me feel like I was a part of the team and gave me patients to see and talk about.”


  • Dr. Biraj Patel - “Great sessions, very detailed and explained concepts really well without moving on too quickly. My favorite sessions.”
  • Dr. Evelyn Garcia - “Radiology is a hard clerkship because there is little time in general, but I think she did an excellent job at sharing multiple cases and keeping only 1-2 major learning points for each case.”


  • Dr. Terri Wattsman - “Dr. Wattsman is a gift to this institution, this valley, and medicine as whole. I admire and strive to emulate her drive, her dedication, and her commitment to teaching as well as providing flawless care. I would challenge my classmates to name any other surgeon who has shown more sacrifice and dedication to her craft and to her patients. Her care is genuine, and that can be seen in both clinic, rounds, and in the operating room.”
  • Dr. Terri Wattsman - “Thank you; I hope you are able to read these reviews. Please know that regardless what reviews you have received, you have impacted one future physician in an extremely positive way. I consider myself honored to have worked with you.”
  • Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence - “Please, let PGY3 Jeffrey Lawrence, MBBS know how impactful he was. I had the pleasure of rotating with him for two weeks. He is an excellent teacher, challenging you as a student, but also taking his time to instill confidence and self believe. Dr. Lawrence was one of if not THE most impactful resident I have worked with, as he taught not only medicine, but how to work through cases, situations, and consults with an appropriate process. I believe he will be an astounding physician and I wish him the best of luck. Please pass this message to him.”