Laurence Katznelson receives Endocrine Teaching Award

Laurence Katznelson, MD, professor of neurosurgery and of medicine (endocrinology), has been named the 2015 recipient of the H. Jack Baskin, MD, Endocrine Teaching Award.

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists  (AACE) presented Katznelson with the award on May 14 at their Annual Scientific and Clinical Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

The H. Jack Baskin Endocrine Teaching Award recognizes individuals who have made a profound impact in teaching fellows-in-training, and have been actively involved in educating in a university setting.

Katznelson, who served as Stanford’s Endocrinology Fellowship Program Director for the past 10 years, was honored for his wide-ranging service to the AACE and the Stanford community, and for his deep commitment to excellence in education. He was also praised for his mentorship of faculty, fellows and trainees.

“Dr. Katznelson is credited for building a model teaching program involving multidisciplinary education and approaches to teaching endocrine sub-specialties and endocrine pathology,” read an official AACE press release. “He has also served as an effective mentor to endocrinology trainees and has served as a council member of the Association of Program Directors in Endocrinology and Metabolism—which is a source for information for directors of training programs.”

As the Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education at Stanford, Katznelson also works alongside program leaders to improve education initiatives on campus.  “As associate dean, I try to find ways to centralize education and to support all of Stanford Medicine’s programs and processes,” he explained. “I’m also dedicated to providing faculty and program directors with the tools to teach patient safety, quality improvement and professional skills to medical students and fellows.”

“I have been very fortunate to have been mentored by some wonderful people throughout my career,” he recalled. “And it’s been tremendously rewarding over the years to meet former trainees who are now accepting faculty positions or embarking on their own practice. This makes my job all worthwhile.”