Recognizing the achievements of our faculty

The Division of General Internal Medicine has long been home to outstanding faculty. We congratulate our faculty members for their efforts to advance Ohio State’s Division of Internal Medicine through high quality, patient care, innovative research, and education of the the next generation of physicians. Learn more about our faculty members professional achievements.


The CAST program serves to positively impact the healthcare outcomes of transition-age youth and adult patients with autism. Lead physician for CAST, Dr. Christopher Hanks announced in the summer of 2017 that CAST has been awarded a $25,000 Columbus Foundation grant to support care coordination services for CAST patients.

Dr. Michael Langan received a $375,000 Upper Payment Limit (UPL) grant to implement a patient care delivery advancement initiative in the Division of General Internal Medicine. NAVIPGATE is a project that aims to improve the quality of care by enrolling Medicaid patients in a patient navigator program. Such programs help decrease “no show” visit, emergency room visit and hospitalization/re-hospitalization rates, and also improve medication adherence rates and post-visit follow through on testing and consultation. For the three-year project, which was awarded in 2017, Dr. Langan is leading a multi-disciplinary team that includes Dr. Seuli Brill, Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence and Dr. Jared Moore.


On March 6, 2018, the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities named Dr. Nazhat Taj-Schaal as a recipient of a Lifetime of Giving Award. These awards are given to outstanding self-advocates, service professionals, and others who support individuals with developmental disabilities.

Dr. Kevin Goist (GIM)  won one teaching and one mentoring award in June, 2017. He was awarded the Linda Strout Faculty Teaching Award in Ambulatory Medicine. This award is presented each year to a faculty member who demonstrated outstanding skill in teaching primary care to housestaff. This award, which is voted on by housestaff, was named after Dr. Linda Strout. Dr. Strout was instrumental in establishing the primary care residency track in Internal Medicine and the Patient-Centered Medical Home initiative. Dr. Goist was also nominated as Mentor of the Year by the 2017 graduating class of students who are entering Internal Medicine. Past recipients of this award include current interim IM Department Chair, Dr. Phillip Binkley.

Dr. Sarah Jonaus has been selected as the 2017 Portfolio Coach of the Year. Dr. Jonaus was nominated by several of her students for her strong commitment to coaching her students.

Dr. Michael Jonesco was selected in the summer of 2017 to receive the Exceptional Physician Peer Award. Award recipients are those who demonstrate exemplary skills in patient focus, collegiality/professionalism, innovative models of care, leadership and collaboration.

Dr. James Lamb won two teaching awards in June 2017. He was recognized as outstanding teacher for the year and also won the faculty teaching award for the category of inpatient. The Outstanding Teacher Award (Teacher of the Year) was first established in 1966 in recognition of a faculty member who demonstrated exemplary effort and teaching ability during the year. It is voted on by housestaff and is considered one of the most prestigious annual honors in the Department of Internal Medicine. The Inpatient Teaching Award, which is also voted on by housestaff, recognizes a faculty member who exemplifies teaching excellence in inpatient care. A similar award is giving for work in the critical care setting.

Dr. Michael Jonesco was selected to receive the Exceptional Physician Peer Award in June 2017. Award recipients are those who demonstrate exemplary skills in patient focus, collegiality/professionalism, innovative models of care, leadership and collaboration.

Dr. Stuart Beatty was named a fellow of the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) earlier this year. Fellows are members of the academy who have demonstrated exemplary professional achievements and service to the profession through activities with APhA and other national, state or local professional organizations.  

Promotions and professional recognition

Dr. Tanya Gure was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor, effective July 1, 2017.

Dr. Heather Hirsch was accepted into the ACLGIM LEAD program earlier this year. This is a mentorship program associated with the Society of General Internal Medicine that helps participants develop leadership skills.

Dr. Susan Friedman and Dr. Mark Troyer were accepted into the SGIM TEACH program earlier this year. This is a mentorship program that helps participants move toward mastery in the field of medical education. These two doctors have demonstrated an ability to inspire a number of students and we look forward to their continued growth in this important mission area.