4th Annual Sheth International Awards Winners

 

University of Pittsburgh emergency medicine associate professor, John Mahoney, MD, is honored with the Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement, and Willys de Andrade Santos (GSPIA, 2006), a director of international studies at Kwara State University in Nigeria, to receive the Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement award.  The Sheth International Achievement awards reception will be held on March 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm in the William Pitt Union.

John Mahoney, MD Wins 2016 Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement 

Pitt Medical Educator Fosters Cultural Understanding and Collaborates with Medical Schools Across the Globe

As a champion and role model for cultural competence and global thinking throughout his healthcare career, John Mahoney, MD is honored with the 4th annual Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement.  The Award, announced by the University Center for International Studies, recognizes a current University of Pittsburgh faculty member for contributions to furthering international education.  Mahoney is an associate professor of emergency medicine and associate dean for medical education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

“Dr. Mahoney’s career is exemplary of a physician who has capitalized on his international experiences for the benefit of his medical students and the University,” said Dr. Jagdish Sheth (Business ’62G, ’66G), University of Pittsburgh alumnus who, with his wife Madhuri, promotes global thinking and international endeavors through the Sheth Family Foundation.  “It’s thrilling for me to see how he has integrated his expertise in medical curriculum development and educational technology with his passion for cultural competency and understanding allowing him to inspire a new generation of doctors and nurses.”

Mahoney’s international education activities are extensive:

  • Under the umbrella of the Pitt program ‘Passport to Care,’ he developed specialized curricula for medical trainees to undertake long-term or just-in-time instruction in a range of languages and aspects of foreign cultures while undertaking their medical studies
  • He is a lead facilitator for the partnership with Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan to create a US-style medical curriculum and develop the conceptual plans for a state-of-the-art medical and nursing education building.  The school welcomed its inaugural class in 2015.  He continues to lead the efforts to prepare faculty and the clinical facilities 
  • He recently developed a tri-lateral research collaboration—with colleagues at Kuwait University and University College Dublin—to assess differences in preferences and challenges in patient-physician communications among these dissimilar cultures
  • He is involved in developing new affiliations between the School of Medicine and leading medical schools in Europe and South America to broaden the opportunities for medical student exchanges while targeting specific educational objectives (e.g., learning about non-US healthcare delivery systems)
  • He works closely with leaders at the Association of American Medical Colleges to further develop the efforts of their Global Health Learning Opportunities program; plans include launching a new national survey of US medical schools on existing partnerships and collaborations between US and international medical schools

“In John Mahoney we have a perfect combination of medical educator expertise meshed with diplomacy and cultural sensitivity that has allowed him to be very effective in incorporating an international dimension into a Pitt medical education,” said Ariel Armony, senior director of international programs and director of the University Center for International Studies at Pitt.  “His early work in Russia and Germany primed him for success when he worked with colleagues in locations as far flung as Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Canada and Italy.”

Past Pitt faculty recipients of the Sheth International Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement

2015 Dr. Minking Chyu, Swanson School of Engineering

2013 Dr. Kathleen Musante, Department of Anthropology, Center for Latin American Studies

2012 Dr. Katheryn Linduff, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Department of Anthropology

Willys de Andrade Santos Wins 2016 Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award

2006 Alumnus from Brazil Promotes International Education in Nigeria

Studying international affairs and teaching English as a foreign language in his home country of Brazil was never going to satisfy the international education appetite of Willys de Andrade Santos.  For his ambitious vision for global education for university students in Nigeria, Santos (GSPIA 2006) is the recipient of the 4th annual Sheth International Young Alumni Award for International Achievement.  He is the director of the Centre for Innovation and International Studies at the Kwara State University, Malete, Nigeria, where he promotes internationalization and multiculturalism among faculty and students.  The Award, announced by the University Center for International Studies, honors a former Pitt international student for his/her contributions to the international community through professional achievement and societal impact.

“Willys Santos recognizes the great need for today’s university students to understand people and culture’s beyond their own national borders,” said Dr. Jagdish Sheth (Business ’62G, ’66G), University of Pittsburgh alumnus who, with his wife Madhuri, promotes global thinking and international endeavors through the Sheth Family Foundation.  “He is an exceptional young man with a big-picture view of the world who uses his Brazilian heritage as a powerful message and real-life example of a global career.”

Recruited to the Kwara State University in 2012, Santos has led the process for the development of an ambitious five-year 2015-2020 strategic plan for internationalization that advances the international vision and mission of the university.  He is in charge of all international academic activities including memoranda of understanding with foreign universities, programming for visiting international faculty, promoting human rights on campus through extracurricular activities, and management of all study abroad programs.

Santos, a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Pittsburgh from 2004 to 2006, earned a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs as well as a graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies from the Center for Latin American Studies in 2006.  He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Universidade Salvador in Brazil in 2002.

Past recipients of the Sheth International Young Alumni Award for International Achievement are:

2015 Asha Williams (GSPI’07, UCIS’07)

2013 Kakenya Ntaiya Ph.D. (EDUC’11)

2012 Divia Thani (UPB ’01)

About the Sheth International Awards:

Founded in 2012, the Sheth International Awards are a result of a gift from Madhuri and Dr. Jagdish N. Sheth (Business ‘62G, ‘66G) through the Sheth Family Foundation.  The awards are administered by the University Center for International Studies at Pitt. The Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement recognizes the contributions of a current University of Pittsburgh faculty member to furthering international education. The Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award acknowledges a University of Pittsburgh alumnus for contributions to the international community through professional achievement and societal impact.