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The Maria & Sam Miller Professional Excellence Awards

Sponsored by the Miller family, the Maria and Sam Miller Professional Excellence Awards are presented annually to Cleveland Clinic physicians, nurses, scientists and other professional staff who demonstrate exemplary service and dedication to excellence.

Recipients epitomize leadership, talent, innovation, commitment, and outstanding outcomes. They are nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of Cleveland Clinic leaders.

Thanks to the generosity of the Miller family, each recipient is honored at the professional staff awards reception with both a monetary gift and commemorative plaque.

Police Officer of the Year
Detective Rebecca Bradbeer

Detective Rebecca Bradbeer

Rebecca Bradbeer is a detective in the Police Department on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus. She graduated from the Ohio Basic Police Academy at Lakeland Community College in 2002, where she also earned her associate’s degree in law enforcement in 2003. In 2014, Detective Bradbeer earned her Master Criminal Investigator Certification from the State of Ohio. She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in public safety management at Franklin University.

Detective Bradbeer started her law enforcement career as a part-time police officer in Madison Village, Ohio. She served as a police officer for Case Western Reserve University and University Circle Police Department before joining Cleveland Clinic as a police officer in November 2008.

During her career at Cleveland Clinic, Detective Bradbeer has served as a field training officer and specialized instructor. She holds instructor certifications in speed measuring devices, A.L.I.C.E., N.A.P.P.I. and Taser. She also serves as a member of the Cleveland Clinic Police Department critical incident response team. As a certified R.A.D. instructor, Detective Bradbeer shares her skills by providing self-defense training and safety awareness to the Cleveland Clinic community, and has also volunteered her time as a R.A.D. instructor at Cleveland State University and as Officer Friendly at an annual safety town in Madison Village.

Nurse of the Year
Sharon Pengel, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Shannon Pengel, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Clinical Nursing Director
Heart and Vascular Institute and Critical Care

Shannon Pengel is the Clinical Nursing Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. She oversees the daily operations of 280 cardiac step-down beds, 120 intensive care beds, the cardiac cath/EP labs and multiple outpatient units. Shannon’s specialties include cardiothoracic surgery, rapid response, transplantation and interventional cardiology.

Shannon started at Cleveland Clinic in 1997 after receiving her undergraduate training at Kent State University. She began her career as a staff nurse on G101, cardiothoracic surgery then served as the Assistant Nurse Manager on that unit for many years. In 2002, Shannon accepted the nurse manager role on G91, cardiac step-down, which she held until 2004 before becoming the Assistant Director of Nursing in the Heart and Vascular Institute. Most recently, in 2011, Shannon serves as the Clinical Nursing Director for the Heart and Vascular Institute since December of 2011.

Shannon is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. In 2011, she received her Master of Science in Nursing through the University of Phoenix. Throughout her career, Shannon has presented on the topics of rapid response, nursing leadership in quality improvement, and implementation of an accelerated recovery program in Cardiac surgery.

Scientific Achievement – Clinical Research
Dr. Arthur McCullough

Arthur J. McCullough, MD

Professor of Medicine
Lerner College of Medicine

Dr. McCullough was appointed to Cleveland Clinic’s staff in 2006. He earned his medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and served his internship and residency at Cleveland Clinic in the Department of Internal Medicine. He completed his fellowship in Gastroenterology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he received the National Institutes of Health’s National Research Service Award and the Arnold Bargen Award for Clinical Research and Teaching Excellence in Gastroenterology.

Most recently, Dr. McCullough served as a staff physician in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology as well as in the Department of Pathobiology and Transplantation Center at Cleveland Clinic. He has also served as Chief of Gastroenterology and Director of Research for the Digestive Diseases Institute. Previously, Dr. McCullough had served as Chief of Gastroenterology at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. He is the past president for the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and has co-chaired the FDA Advisory Committee for Liver Disease. He has served on multiple national committees including the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Digestive Health Foundation and the Council of Subspecialties of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. McCullough is credited with innovation in helping to develop a noninvasive liver disease test that does not require a biopsy. His research was funded for over 30 years, with recent grants from the NIH. His most recent research focused on patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and alcoholic liver disease, and he served as the primary investigator of multiple national clinical trials investigating these liver diseases. Dr. McCullough has received a number of achievement awards for his research, including those from the Diabetes Association, the American Liver Foundation and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

In addition to his global recognition as an exemplary physician scientist and respected clinician, Dr. McCullough is known as an inspiring teacher and outstanding mentor; many of his former fellows are currently independently funded investigators. He is the co-author of over 250 scholarly articles published in leading journals, the co-author of 2 books and the author of over 60 book chapters.

Scientific Achievement – Basic Science
Dr. Jun Qin, PhD

Jun Qin, PhD

Staff, Lerner Research Institute
and Professor of Lerner College of Medicine

Dr. Qin has been with Cleveland Clinic since 1996. He is a staff member in the Department of Molecular Cardiology for the Lerner Research Institute, and is also a Professor of Molecular Medicine for Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Dr. Qin received his PhD in chemistry in 1992 from the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Qin’s broad research interest is to understand the fundamental principles of how protein works in cells, which is important for nearly every life process. Towards this goal, his laboratory uses leading-edge nuclear magnetic resonance and X-ray crystallographic techniques to determine 3-D atomic structures of proteins and protein complexes. These techniques provide high resolution “movie-like” views of protein activities in specific biological processes.

Over the past decade, Dr. Qin’s laboratory has focused on studying a class of cell surface receptors called integrins that are crucial for controlling cell adhesion and many cell adhesion-dependent physiological responses such as platelet aggregation, muscle contraction and tissue regeneration. By uncovering a deeper understanding of the structures of integrins and integrin-associated protein complexes, his laboratory discovered key mechanisms of integrin activation. This has significantly impacted the understanding of cell adhesion and its dysregulation in many disease states such as cardiomyopathy, thrombosis, inflammation and cancer.

Dr Qin’s most recent research has expanded to include protein structure-specific drug design and targeting, which has led to the discovery of several small molecules that have the potential to treat human diseases.

Master Educator
Dr. Ruth Imrie

Ruth Imrie, MD, BCh, FRCP (Lond)

Clinical Professor, Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
Lerner College of Medicine
Interim Vice Chair, Department of Community Pediatrics

Dr. Imrie joined Cleveland Clinic as a pediatrician in 1978. She earned her medical degree from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and completed her residency training – first in internal medicine, then in pediatrics – at the Royal Victoria group of hospitals in Belfast. She performed fellowship training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, and, after emigration to the United States in 1976, at Cleveland Clinic.

In addition to her longstanding pediatric practice, Dr. Imrie has shared her knowledge of pediatric and adolescent medicine with countless residents and medical students in the inpatient and outpatient settings. She has organized and spoken at numerous conferences for healthcare providers, including “Health and Disease in the School,” an annual conference for school nurses, for which she was responsible for 15 years.

Long an advocate for children’s community health, protection and safety, Dr. Imrie has served on many related committees, several city-wide. Dr. Imrie has particularly enjoyed working with medical students at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, where she has served as a Physician Advisor and a teacher of physical diagnosis since the inception of the college in 2004. She was appointed a Clinical Professor of pediatrics there in 2006.

Dr. Imrie continues her work in pediatric and adolescent medicine at Cleveland Clinic Solon, where she served as Medical Director from 1996 to 2002, overseeing the growth and development of the facility. She has served as a Vice Chair in community pediatrics, has contributed to several research articles and was named one of the “Best Doctors in America.” In 1996, she was appointed a Fellow of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. In 2001, Dr. Imrie received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Division of Regional Medical Practice, and from 2002 to 2003 she served as President of Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Staff. In 2004, she was the recipient of Cleveland Clinic’s Bruce Hubbard Stewart Award for all-around excellence.

Master Clinician
Michael Joyce, MD

Michael Joyce, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Co-Director, Musculoskeletal Tumor Center
Staff, Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Joyce has been with Cleveland Clinic since 1993. His orthopaedic training was at the Combined Harvard Program in Boston with further fellowships at the Massachusetts General Hospital in orthopaedic oncology and at the University of Toronto Sunnybrook Hospital in orthopedic traumatology.

Dr. Joyce is a specialist in orthopaedic tumor work including that of reconstruction of limbs, management of difficult fracture problems including pelvic and acetabular fractures, and total joint reconstructive surgery. He is Co-director of Cleveland Clinic’s Musculoskeletal Tumor Center as part of the Taussig Cancer Institute, and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery through Case Western Reserve University.

Having been trained by renowned Drs. Henry Mankin and Marvin Tile, Dr. Joyce is nationally recognized in the field of Musculoskeletal Tissue Banking and has been very active in the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) since 1984, including as President from 1997 to 1999. He has also served as Director of the Musculoskeletal Tissue Bank at Case Western Reserve University from 1984 to 1992, and as Medical Director of the Musculoskeletal Tissue Bank at Cleveland Clinic.

Over the past 12 years, Dr. Joyce has been a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Committee on Biological Implants, and is on the Medical Trustee Board of the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation. He is a long-standing member of the Muskuloskeltal Tumor Society, an elite group of about 140 orthopaedic bone and soft tissue tumor physicians worldwide. Dr. Joyce also was elected as a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, made up of recognized leaders in the orthopaedic surgery, and is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association.

Dr. Joyce was presented the AATB’s Jeanne C. Mowe Award for Distinguished Lifetime Service in 2005. He was the AAOS representative to both the American Association of Blood Banks Tissue Committee and the FDA/CDC Sentinel Task Force, and was Committee Co-Chair to identify ways to reduce disease transmission through organs and tissues. He also serves as the Tissue Services Medical Director for the Cleveland-based Lifebanc.

Dr. Joyce has been published extensively on the topics of musculoskeletal allografts and allograft safety, and has authored over 35 peer review articles pertaining to orthopaedic issues.