The Joshua Pletka Awards for Academic Excellence

In 2009, Josh Pletka (SMP'01, GUSOM'05) established the Joshua Pletka Awards for Academic Excellence. Dr Pletka designated these awards for the graduating SMP student accepted to GUSOM with the highest academic standing in the SMP, and the former SMP student graduating from GUSOM with the highest academic standing. The $5000 awards have gone to:

2017
Adam Albitar, SMP'17, GUSOM'21
Jacqueline McKesey, SMP'13(**Pletka Awardee as SMP), GUSOM'17 (cum laude, residency at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA in Medicine)

2016
Anisha Banda, SMP'16, GUSOM'20
Matt McCormick, SMP'12, GUSOM'16 (magna cum laude, AOA, residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA in Anesthesia)

2015
Celine Yeh, SMP'15, GUSOM'19
John Nolan, SMP'11, GUSOM'15 (summa cum laude, AOA, residency at Univ of Vermont Medical Center in Orthopedic Surgery)

2014
Saad Zaatari, SMP'14, GUSOM'18
Reza Zonozi, SMP'10, GUSOM'14 (summa cum laude, AOA, residency at Johns Hopkins in Internal Medicine)

2013
Jacqueline McKesey, SMP 13, GUSOM'17
Devin Vaswani, SMP'09, GUSOM'13 (magna cum laude, residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO in Diagnostic Radiology)

2012
Heidi Pangborn, SMP'12, GUSOM'16
Edward Fenlon, SMP'08, GUSOM'12 (summa cum laude, AOA, residency at U Penn in Diagnostic Radiology)

2011
Jennifer Aronica, SMP'11, GUSOM'15
Brian Renard, SMP'07, GUSOM'11 (cum laude, residency at U Mich- Ann Arbor in Internal Medicine)

2010
Peter Alexandrov, SMP'10, GUSOM'14
Hubert Pham, SMP'06, GUSOM'10 (magna cum laude, AOA, residency at GU in Ophthalmology)

2009
John O'Keefe, SMP'09, GUSOM'13
Mihir Desai, SMP'05, GUSOM'09 (magna cum laude, AOA, residency at Emory in Orthopedic Surgery)

Dr Pletka is an orthopedic hand surgeon practicing in East Syracuse, NY.