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Alpha Omega Alpha announces 2018 Fellow in Leadership Award recipients


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society has announced the recipients of its 2018 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:

Jennifer Hagen, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty, and Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Jennifer Hagen, MD (AΩA, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, 1998), Senior Associate Dean for Faculty, and Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine) Dr. Hagen is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and received her M.D. from UNR Med in 1993. She trained in pathology at the University of Wisconsin, before returning to Reno for her internal medicine residency training. She joined the internal medicine faculty in Reno in 1999, and served as its clerkship director until 2003, when she became the Associate Dean for Medical Education.

Dr. Hagen assumed the role of residency program director in November 2009, and she served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development from 2012-2017. She teaches fellows, residents, and students in the classroom and at the bedside.


Kaushal Shah, MD
Vice Chair of Education, and Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Mount Sinai Hospital

Kaushal Shah, MD (AΩA, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2015), Vice Chair of Education, and Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Dr. Shah attended Brown University, Dartmouth Medical School and the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program. In the last 15 years, Dr. Shah has become a recognized leader in trauma education and research. He has lectured throughout the country and at national meetings. In addition to being editor-in-chief of a textbook series, he is also the author of a children’s book series entitled Junior Medical Detectives. Dr. Shah also works closely with the NFL as co-director of the Airway Management Physicians.




Joseph Weistroffer, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Director at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Joseph Weistroffer, MD (AΩA, Uniformed Services University, 1992), Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Director at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Dr. Weistroffer graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and was a Categorical Medicine Intern at the National Naval Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland. After his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, he completed the Twin Cities Spine Center Fellowship in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

His experiences in Orthopaedic Surgery include positions as Vice Chairman at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, founding Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship Director at Northwestern University in Chicago, and full partner at New England Neurological Associates in Boston, Massachusetts.

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.

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 132 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 12 of the 20 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 $1.75 million in programs and awards to impact medical students, residents, teachers, and community physicians.

Updated on May 20, 2019.