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Katie Westreich, MD, an assistant professor in the Division of Nephrology, has been awarded the Walter W. Tunnessen Faculty Clinician Award. This honor is presented by the Department of Pediatrics’ graduating residents to an attending who demonstrates strong teaching abilities, ideal diagnostic expertise and embodies the qualities Dr. Tunnessen had such as compassion.

Dr. Westreich has demonstrated a consistent commitment to clinical teaching. Nephrology can be a tough topic to understand, but Dr. Westreich does an excellent job of breaking down material so that it is both digestible and easy to remember. Even when the service is busy, she asks about her learner’s goals and make sure they get met, carves out moments to teach Nephrology pearls during rounds and sets aside time in the day to teach more formally. More importantly, Dr. Westreich does so much teaching through modeling. She is incredibly committed to her patients, has great relationships with their families and has honestly taught us how we should strive to practice medicine. Even though residents have different comfort levels and levels of interest in Nephrology, everyone would agree working with Dr. Westreich is a valuable learning experience.” -Nephrology Residents