J. Michael Ballester, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, was honored by the graduating class of 2006 with the Teaching Excellence Award. He received the award during the graduation ceremony held at the Schuster Performing Arts Center on May 26.
Ballester was recognized by the students as a faculty member who displayed outstanding professional skill and pride in his instructional responsibilities.
Prior to his present position, Ballester served as an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He was also the director of the fourth year medical student rotation there. Ballester holds a B.S. in chemistry from Eastern Washington University, and an M.D. from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his postgraduate residency training in emergency medicine/internal medicine at the Allegheny University General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A recipient of numerous awards including the "Golden Apple Award," "Outstanding Physician Award," and "Golden Stethoscope Award," Ballester is also recognized nationally as an educator, innovator, leader, and researcher.