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Dr. Tsaras receives UICOMR 2022 Distinguished Teaching Award

Tsaras, Geoffrey Distinguished Teaching Award

Geoffrey Tsaras, MD, MPH, received the College of Medicine Rockford’s Distinguished Teaching Award at the Convocation Ceremony on May 7. The award is presented each year to a faculty member who has demonstrated a longstanding history of outstanding interest in our medical students and a strong commitment to medical education.

Dr. Tsaras is a clinical assistant professor in the College of Medicine Rockford’s Department of Medicine and Medical Specialties. He is director of Infectious Diseases and Infection Prevention at UW Health Northern Illinois Region and also provides HIV consultative services at Rockford’s Community Health Center.

Dr. Tsaras is an outstanding and well-liked educator with a long and continuous track record of teaching medical students and residents. As the Infectious Disease Subspecialty Section Director of our Department of Medicine and Medical Specialties, he coordinates infectious disease electives and seminars, assigns grades, attends Medicine Executive Committee meetings, and is currently participating in a review of the elective. His ongoing contributions to developing educational programs at all levels of medical training are most impressive. Dr. Tsaras has been actively involved -- and in most cases -- single handedly developed curricula at many levels of Medical Education.

Dr. Tsaras teaches and mentors all three phases of medical students and in the residency programs. He consistently receives high marks from students who volunteer comments such as “clear, concise, organized, coherent lecture,” “Good job presenting material in an engaging way,” and “wonderful all year.”

His ongoing dedication to his teaching philosophy that includes positive feedback to motivate students to learn has been recognized by multiple times “Outstanding Rotation Attending Award” and “Golden Apple Teaching Award.”

He demonstrates unwavering service to patients, students, the University, and his community. He remains an active researcher and publisher. His seemingly limitless contributions to the practice and teaching of medicine in our community make him a role model among his colleagues.