MUSC College of Health Professions honors outstanding alumni with 2020 Alumni Awards

June 04, 2020

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Health Professions (CHP) Alumni Association honors and recognizes alumni for their outstanding contributions to the health professions field during the annual College of Health Professions Alumni Awards luncheon. While the 2020 luncheon had to be canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud to celebrate our incredible alumni and offer our heartfelt congratulations!

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Health Professions Alumni Association and is presented to two alumni for outstanding, unique, and enduring service to the association, the college, the community, and/or the profession over a period of 10 years or more.

Eva Karp – Distinguished Alumnus in Health Administration Award

Eva Karp

Eva Karp, a 2018 graduate of the Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) program, is passionate about health care informatics and patient safety, volunteers her time serving on several boards and mentoring future leaders, and has demonstrated tremendous leadership throughout her career. In addition to her doctorate, Karp is a registered nurse, holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, and is board certified in nursing informatics.

Karp currently serves as senior vice president, chief clinical and patient safety officer at Cerner, a leading U.S. supplier of health care information technology solutions that provides clinical, financial, and management information systems. Karp is responsible for the clinical, operational, and strategic leadership necessary to drive high-value clinical practices and functions as the clinical leader for all organizations across the globe.

Karp is a dedicated alumna and has made a lasting impact on the CHP DHA program. Current cohorts are benefiting from her enthusiasm, positive attitude, and drive to continuously improve. According to her nominator, Karp’s “service to health care truly embodies the vision of the College of Health Professions.”

Luke Benko – Distinguished Alumnus in Clinical Practice Award

Luke Benko

Luke Benko, a 2007 graduate of the Cytology and Molecular Biosciences program, has dedicated himself to the digital pathology community over the past 11 years to ensure that physicians receive the critical analysis necessary to better treat their oncology and pathology patients. He has dedicated long hours to training physicians and technologists on proper digital pathology techniques and continues to educate the pathology community in emerging technologies.

Benko has served some of the largest cancer research and diagnostics companies in various capacities, from technical support to vice president. He has co-authored research and frequently lectures as an industry expert to promote the utilization of digital pathology, including at prestigious conferences such as the College of American Pathologists, the Society for Neuroscience, and the American Association for Cancer Research. Benko’s nominator shared that, “He has continued to exemplify the high degree of dedication and professionalism representative of an alumni of MUSC.”

Lucas Marsh – Emerging Leader Award

Lucas Marsh

The Emerging Leader Award is given to a graduate who has shown exemplary leadership and dedication towards the college and/or their organized profession.

Lucas Marsh, a 2018 graduate of the Master of Science in Health Informatics program, is the recipient of this year’s Emerging Leader Award. Marsh currently serves as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Southeast Network health care technology manager, where he works to ensure VA clinicians have the best technology, systems, and software available to treat our nation’s veterans. As a student, Marsh was regarded by his peers as a “clear leader at work and among his classmates,” and eagerly participated, quickly mastered new concepts, and sought to help anyone who needed it. Since graduating, he remains connected to the college and regularly shares job listings for students and graduates, speaks on career panels, volunteers to come as an alumnus for accreditation site visits, and has been a featured alum in recruitment videos, newsletters, and development materials. Marsh’s nominator shared that, “Lucas has already accomplished so much, yet I know he will continue on his upward trajectory.”

Tiyi “Ty” Moori – Alumnus Service Award

Ty Moori

The Alumnus Service Award is presented to a graduate who has given selflessly through extraordinary activities that benefit the university, the college, their community, organizations, and/or their profession.

The 2020 recipient of the Alumnus Service Award is Tiyi “Ty” Moori, a 2015 graduate of the Doctor of Health Administration program.

In addition to her role as operations manager at LifeBridge Health/Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, Moori is passionate about volunteering to help improve access to care and education. Each week, she dedicates her time serving as secretary for the Maryland Association of Health Care Executives and participating in conference calls with the Maryland Hospital Association. Moori is also involved with the Greater Baltimore Urban League’s Saturday Leadership Program, a program designed to foster college and career readiness in high school students.

Moori’s favorite quote is from Mohammad Ali, who said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” It is evident that she exemplifies this every day through her commitment to helping others.

Emily Johnson – Outstanding Achievements in Research Award

Emily Johnson

The Outstanding Achievements in Research Award is given to an alumnus who makes a meaningful contribution to scientific knowledge of their profession and has demonstrated excellence in the performance of research. Emily Johnson, a 2001 graduate of the Master in Health Administration (MHA) program and 2014 graduate of the Doctoral Program in Health and Rehabilitation Science, is the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Achievements in Research Award.

Johnson is an associate professor at the MUSC College of Nursing. She teaches statistics and epidemiology in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP) and serves as the statistician for all DNP student quality improvement capstone projects. She has authored 40 peer-reviewed publications and has a major role on the MUSC Center of Telehealth Excellence grant where she leads mixed-method evaluations of telehealth-based interventions related to maternal mental health care, school-based asthma care, and diabetes care throughout South Carolina, thus improving access and quality of care to populations in need. Johnson’s peers share that, “Emily has gone from student to mentor. We are so delighted to follow, and celebrate, her success!”

Congratulations to all the 2020 College of Health Professions Alumni Awards recipients! We are proud of you and honored to recognize your achievements as MUSC College of Health Professions alumni!


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