2017 President's Award

UW Med Flight

January 17, 2018

The award goes to a person or organization that continually provides noteworthy work for Jefferson County law enforcement. Adrian Bump, President of the Association, said Med Flight's dedicated team plays a great role in safety in Jefferson County.

Awarded By: Jefferson County Chiefs and Sheriff Association


Distinguished Alumni Award

Jim Berbee, MD, MS, MBA

October 19, 2017

Dr. Jim Berbee '85, MS'87, MBA'89,  is among four recipients of the Wisconsin Alumni Association's highest distinction: the Distinguished Alumni Award. 

Berbee is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and an emergency physician at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veteran's Hospital.

A four-time Ironman triathlete, Berbee once broke his collarbone during training, and the care he received inspired an interest in emergency medicine. After selling his highly successful business to the public company CDW in 2006, he attended Stanford University's School of Medicine and earned his MD in 2010. He subsequently completed his residency in emergency medicine at University Hospital.

He and his wife, Karen Walsh support human health and welfare projects through the BerbeeWalsh Foundation, including a $10 million gift to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health's Department of Emergency Medicine that has been transformational for faculty, staff and patients. Berbee is a trustee for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the Morgridge Institute for Research and WICell Research Institute.

Awarded By: Wisconsin Alumni Association


2017 Distinguished Air Medical Physician

Michael Abernethy, MD

October 16, 2017

Awarded By: Air Medical Physician Association (AMPA)


Recent Alumni Award

Ciara Barclay-Buchanan, MD

The Recent Alumni Award, established in 2003, is presented to alumni who received a medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine within the last 15 years and who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, community contributions or service to the WSU School of Medicine.

Awarded By: Wayne State University School of Medicine


ACEP 2016 Awards: American Association of Women Emergency Physicians

Mary Westergaard, MD
Chair, American Association of Women Emergency Physicians

September 14, 2016

2016 Section Outstanding Web Page Award
2016 Service to Section Award
2016 Outstanding Newsletter Award of Distinction

Awarded By: American College of Emergency Physicians


Best Paper Award Summa Cum Laude

Michael Repplinger, MD, PhD
"Retrospective Case-control Study of 6-month Clinical Outcomes Following MRA versus CTA for the Primary Workup of Pulmonary Embolism"

October 7, 2016

Awarded By: American Society of Emergency Radiology


2015 Ripple Award

Mary Westergaard, MD

Awarded By: American Association of Women Emergency Physicians (AAWEP)



EM resident and faculty are highlighted for their innovation in biomedical devices

Chris Ford, Michael Steuerwald
Disposable Video Laryngoscope Lens Clearing and the Force Sensing Devices tackle intubation challenges

October 17, 2017

Impact Report for Jim Berbee & Karen Walsh highlighting The BerbeeWalsh Prototype Pathway, a program that teaches student engineers to help clinicians solve real-world problems that improve human health. The brochure features Dr. Michael Steuerwald and Dr. Chris Ford's roles in the development of a Disposable Video Laryngoscope Lens Clearing Device and Force Sensing Device.