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2013 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award

Roy Ziegelstein, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Roy Ziegelstein, M.D., of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is regarded as “the doctor’s doctor,” and his record of teaching accomplishments honors that clinical mastery. He is currently vice dean for education and the Sarah Miller Coulson and Frank L. Coulson, Jr. Professor of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and executive vice chairman in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. In these roles, Dr. Ziegelstein helps conduct chief rounds twice per week with students and residents, and leads morning report once a week. In both of these capacities, he has received the highest accolades from learners.

“Dr. Ziegelstein has been an outstanding teacher of medical students since he came to Johns Hopkins as a member of the Osler House Staff program in 1986,” says Landon S. King, M.D., executive vice dean of The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The medical school class of 1989 selected Dr. Ziegelstein out of more than 500 Johns Hopkins Hospital residents as the recipient of the Best Resident Teacher Award. Dr. Ziegelstein remained at Johns Hopkins for his cardiology fellowship and joined the faculty in 1993.

Dr. Ziegelstein is known on campus as an innovative teacher. From 1997 to 2006, he directed the internal medicine residency program
at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He redesigned the program to emphasize humanism and professionalism in addition
to didactic and technical aspects of medical education and clinical medicine. “Under Dr. Ziegelstein’s leadership, the Bayview site became the most highly rated part of the core clerkship in medicine for the third-year medical students,” says Dr. King.

In 2006, Dr. Ziegelstein also developed the course “Transitions to Residency and Internship and Preparation for Life” (TRIPLE). The course was so highly regarded that it has been made a requirement for all Johns Hopkins medical students. “TRIPLE is one of the highlights of the medical school curriculum,” according to Dr. King.

His clinical skills were recognized in 2009 when he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Miller-Coulson Academy for Clinical Excellence, whose mission is to recognize masterful physicians who are steadfastly committed to clinical excellence for the benefit of the patients and communities that they serve. Dr. Ziegelstein also has been honored with numerous teaching awards in his two decades at Hopkins, including the Professor’s Award for Distinction in Teaching in the Clinical Sciences. He is also a five time winner of the George J. Stuart Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Known for being a model of professionalism and humanism at the bedside, Dr. Ziegelstein “brings warmth, wisdom, and humor to his many interactions, and clearly holds a prominent place as one of the most highly respected members of our faculty,” says Dr. King. “In addition to being a superb teacher and extraordinary clinician, Roy is a wonderful person.”

Dr. Ziegelstein received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from Boston University, and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 1986.

Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award

This award provides national recognition to faculty members who have distinguished themselves in medical student education.