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2014 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award

Bernard Karnath, M.D., The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston


A devotee of Sir William Osler, Bernard Karnath, M.D., is an enthusiastic educator and zealous advocate for patient-centered medicine. Since joining the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) faculty in 1997, he has been heavily involved in developing multiple educational curricula. He advocates for fidelity to Oslerian ideals, ensuring that educational curricula continue to impart in students the art of the practice and the value of bedside diagnostic skills. He is co-director of both Practice of Medicine Year 2 and the Internal Medicine Clerkship. He also is course director for Basic Science and Humanities Selective for Mystery Diagnosis and senior electives in internal medicine.

A highly acclaimed and sought-after educator and mentor, Dr. Karnath has been honored with Golden Apple Awards nine times by School of Medicine students. Six UTMB graduating classes have bestowed him with the James W. Powers Memorial Award, which honors a clinical services teacher who best exemplifies the art of medicine. Dr. Karnath also serves as faculty adviser of the UTMB Texas Alpha Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

In 2008, Dr. Karnath was inaugurated as a William Osler Scholar in the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine, the highest honor bestowed to a teaching faculty member at UTMB. He was honored in 2013 with the American College of Physician’s Herbert S. Waxman Award for Outstanding Medical Student Educator and is a member of the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers.

“Dr. Karnath is an educational superhero, and there is no Kryptonite that can contain him,” said Dr. Steven Lieberman, UTMB vice dean for academic affairs. “He has an incredible level of dedication to students and education.”

Dr. Karnath’s passion for clinical care is evident in his dedication to patients. In addition to his clinical practice at UTMB, Dr. Karnath volunteers his time to St. Vincent’s clinic, the UTMB student-run, free clinic that cares for the medically underserved in Galveston County. He received the clinic’s Most Dedicated Faculty Award for four consecutive years.

Dr. Karnath is a passionate champion of internal medicine and has published markedly on clinical signs in medicine, serving as series editor of Hospital Physician’s “Review of Clinical Signs” section from 2002 to 2009.

Born in the Philippines, Dr. Karnath grew up in Kingsville, Texas, and received his baccalaureate degree from Texas A&M University, Kingsville. He received his M.D. from UTMB-Galveston, where he also completed residency training in internal medicine.

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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.