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Three from JABSOM honored with University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa Chancellor Awards

Date: May 2nd, 2017 in Faculty, JABSOM News, Native Hawaiian Health, Research, Student Life    Print or PDF

Three members of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) family have been recognized by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Chancellor, President and Board of Regents for their leadership and service enhancing the University’s mission of excellence. The three were among those honored, above, in the May 1, 2017 Awards ceremony at Orvis Auditorium.

Congratulations to Dr. Winona Lee, Dr. Gretchenjan Gavero and PhD Candidate Glen Chew. Mahalo for bringing honor to JABSOM!


Dr. Lee with UH President and UH Mānoa Chancellor David Lassner and BOR Chair Randy Moore.


Winona K. Lee, MD
Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching
Winona K. Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). She envisions herself as hale ipukukui or lighthouse, in direct lineage from her great-grandfather 70 years ago, the lighthouse keeper at Kalaupapa. Teaching in the ʻImi Ho`ōla program with students from disadvantaged backgrounds, she applies adaptive learning practices, tailoring instruction and curricula to meet students’ individual learning styles based on each student’s foundational knowledge, strengths, individual learning styles, motivations and challenges. This innovative and progressive medical professional curriculum has been a part of the ʻImi Hoʻōla Program curriculum and evaluation since 2007. Lee’s mission is to teach complex biological concepts and processes to students whose weakest areas prior to ʻImi Hoʻōla were the sciences. Every year Lee provides her students an exceptional service-learning project by traveling to Kalaupapa, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that impacts deeply on their future professional work.


Dr. Gretchenjan Gavero with UH President and UH Mānoa Chancellor David Lassner and BOR Chair Randy Moore.



Gretchenjan Gavero, DO
Mānoa Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching
Gretchenjan Gavero, an assistant professor at JABSOM, is director of medical student education in the Department of Psychiatry and chair of the JABSOM clerkship education committee. Her teaching philosophy is built on four tenets: an attitude of gratitude for opportunities to learn and to give back; a strength-based approach toward each and every learner; being attentive to the dynamic nature of learning and the generation gap between teachers and learning, technology and media, and sociocultural issues, among others; and the inherently collaborative nature of learning. Gavero spearheaded a transformation of the residency training curriculum from primarily lecture-based to problem-based learning for advanced learners, implemented a successful interviewing skills seminar for beginning residents, designed sessions for medical students at different phases of development, and has led the exponential growth of psychiatry as a specialty above national averages. Her efforts have improved the experience of students, faculty, staff and residents, and led to her selection as the recipient of the Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award.


PhD candidate Glen Chew with UH President and Mānoa Chancellor David Lassner and BOR Chair Randy Moore.



Glen M. Chew
Student Excellence in Research
Glen Chew has a high affinity for science and technology and brings novel constructive ideas to his PhD research project in the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. His research focuses on understanding mechanisms driving immune dysfunction during chronic viral infections. As a PhD candidate, he has published a first-authored, peer-reviewed scientific manuscript on his research and also contributed to nine co-authored publications. He received the 2016 Koenig Award in Medicine from the ARCS foundation (Honolulu Chapter) and the 2015 and 2016 Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw Biomedical Research Scholarships for his research. Chew also presented his research at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in 2014 and 2017 and at the International AIDS Society in 2015. His research will lead to ways to harness the immune system to prevent, control or eliminate HIV infection and optimize quality of life outcomes.

See more photos from the ceremony.

Read more about the other awardees, and see a video of the presentation when it is posted.

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