Clinical Center News
Fall 2018

Clinical Center employees honored for clinical excellence, compassionate care of patients

Karen Baker, Dr. Colleen Hadigan and Victoria Anderson stand in a hallway
Staff Clinician of the Year, Dr. Colleen Hadigan (center), and Nurse Practitioners of the Year, Karen Baker (left) and Victoria Anderson (right) were inaugural honorees by the Clinical Center Recognition Program.

In October, Dr. Colleen Hadigan with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was named Staff Clinician of the Year, and Clinical Center colleagues Victoria Anderson and Karen Baker were co-named Nurse Practitioners of the Year. The honor comes from the Clinical Center Clinical Recognition Program, which launched in April. The new prestigious awards offer formal recognition to NIH's outstanding staff clinicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants for outstanding clinical excellence and compassion in the care of patients at the NIH Clinical Center

More than 40 nominations were submitted for the awards. Typically only one Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant of the Year would be chosen - but there was a tie this year by the Clinical Center Clinical Recognition Committee.

Staff Clinician of the Year
Dr. Colleen Hadigan, Staff Clinician, NIAID

Excerpt from nomination submission:
"I can state with no doubt or hesitation that she has truly been a role model of academic success, collegial collaboration, and tremendous productivity. She is a tireless educator and I know of no equal within our Institute at the Staff Clinician level who has played as large a role as she has in improving the quality of our clinical research enterprise. That she carries out the tremendous breadth of her duties with such personal warmth, understanding, and compassion is just further proof of her remarkable career here with us."

Nurse Practitioner of the Year
Victoria Anderson, Nurse Practitioner & Deputy Director, Center for Interventional Oncology, CC

Excerpt from nomination submission:
"She took it upon herself to improve standardize processes for patient safety, Interventional Radiology safety processes, medical records improvements, and still takes the time to hold patient's hands, round on inpatients and outpatients, and assist in patients' families' processes as they learn to cope with diseases. I can think of no other individual at the NIH who gives her heart and soul and spirit to the institutions and to the patient and the patient's families for the betterment and safety of those patients than Ms. Anderson."

Nurse Practitioner of the Year
Karen Baker, Nurse Practitioner, CC

Excerpt from nomination submission:
"Karen Baker is among the very best providers with whom I have worked. She is superb at the collaboration necessary to support patients and families across the illness trajectory. She helps patients live as well as possible with serious illness or arduous treatment. Her contributions include helping clinical center teams utilize integrative modalities; faculty in the palliative care physician fellowship program; implementation of a bereavement program; collaboration with other disciplines for debriefings; education on palliative, end-of-life, and self-care; IRB participation; and education/policy related to pain management and opioid utilization."

Karen Baker, Dr. Colleen Hadigan and Victoria Anderson stand in a hallway.
Dr. Daniel Kastner examining a patient at the NIH Clinical Center
A nurse provides Dr. Anthony Fauci a flu shot
Food allergy
NIH staff gather at a relay race at the NIH Clinical Center
Dr. Gilman speaks at a podium
Four people listen to a dietician speak about the Nutrition Department while a employee preps food
Prediction and probability maps from prostate cancer researchers
Dr. Francis Collins, Shawn Thomas and Dr. Jim Gilman stand on stage as Thomas holds a plaque
Two men up close to the MRI magnet, outside
Dr. Christopher Pleyer, Dr. Kelly Stone and Dr. Robert Lembo stand in front of a screen that says Distinguished Clinical Teacher Award Winner. Stone holds a plaque
Artwork decorates stairwells
Dr. William Ward speaks at a podium and a screen behind him is a poster that says Immunohematology & Blood Transfusion, 27th Annual Symposium
Four students and a teacher hold an oversized check to benefits patients at the NIH Clinical Center
Senior leaders at NIH cut a ribbon opening two hospice suites at the Clinical Center
Laptop with stethoscope nearby
Patient Photography Studio
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the NIH sties in a chair to the left. Barbra Streisand holds a microphone and sits in a chair to the right – speaks to the audience
Dr. James Gilman stands with Alba C. Murphy as they smile and hold a certificate
A paper cutout of a hand shape with a stick on the end. Text on the paper says I [heart] clean hands
Patient with Degos disease addresses symposium attendees
CDC and NIH representatives stand in a special isolation patient room at the NIH Clinical Center
Eight young men and women line up holding graduation certificates in Lipsett Auditorium
A four panel exhibit with photos, text and artifacts on NIH medical pioneers Christian Anfinsen and Michael Potter
NIH Clinical Center volunteer Chaoyang Wang
Woman with scientific cap on her head plays a touch game
Doctors at NIH speak in a lecture hall during Nurses Week
NIH Clinical Center doctor receives award
Children participate in Take Your Child to Work Day Hematology Lab
Leslie Wehrlen holds a plaque.
Sixteen women, graduates of the program and departmental leaders, gather for a photo
Pius Aiyelawo swearing into the Senior Executive Service with Dr. Lawrence Tabak
Jackson Taylor (right) and his donor Sean McLaughlin (left)
Dr. Thomas Burklow
Two care providers look at a computer
Child reading a book
NIH employee, Ricky Day, trys the prototype device
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams tours Clinical Center with CC CEO Dr. James K. Gilman
First Lady Melania Trump gets together with five children to pose for a picture
Patient and doctor
Harold Varmus, Robert Frasca, Mark Hatfield and John Gallin at the groundbreaking of the hospital's new addition
Black and White photo of the first meeting of the National Advisory Eye Council (13 men) gathering on steps
Jim Gilman at Town Hall in Masur Auditorium
Martha Rinker, speaker from the non-profit National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), addresses the audience on Rare Disease Day Feb. 29, 2016, at the NIH Clinical Center.
Betsy Furlong inspects the UV Illuminator cassette.
In January 2016, Dr. Robert Watcher visited the NIH and presented at a Contemporary Clinical Medicine: Great Teachers Lecture.
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have identified a genetic mutation responsible for a rare form of inherited hives induced by vibration.
The atrium gift shop recently re-opened under management of the Foundation for the Advancement of Education in the Sciences
Avish Parashar brought audience members on stage to showcase that planning is important, but the ability to improvise is essential during a seminar on Dec. 3.