Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Awards

The GEM Award Program recognizes active Department of Medicine staff who have “Gone (the) Extra Mile” and performed above and beyond their daily job responsibilities.

A GEM nominee is someone who:

✓ Consistently motivates others 

✓ Creates an inspirational impact 

✓ Routinely offers encouragement & reassurance

✓ Unites coworkers and fosters a stronger team

✓ Is an exceptionally informed individual, willing to share their substantial knowledge 

✓ Provides outstanding assistance & support to others 

✓ Exceeds their line of obligations & responsibilities 

✓ Embodies exemplary leadership & consistently promotes a positive, respectful & inclusive work environment

2023 GEM Award Recipients


Veronica Amaya

Education Program Associate

Linda Arneson

Administrative Associate
Immunology & Rheumatology

Cati Brown-Johnson

Social Science Research Scholar
Primary Care & Population Health

Ni Deng

Data Analyst
Quantitative Sciences Unit, Biomedical Informatics Research

Denise Fortes

Postdoc Coordinator
Infectious Diseases

Donna Galvez

Senior Administrator

Natalie Gonzalez

Clerkship Coordinator
Primary Care & Population Health

Holly Higa

Residency Fellowship Program Coordinator
Residency & Educational Programs

Christina Kasson

Assistant Division Manager, Operations & Educational Programs

Kerry Keating

Assistant Division Manager
Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine

Jessica Lau

Postdoc Coordinator/Administrative Associate
Immunology & Rheumatology

Virginia Lew-Lee

Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine

Jeff Melton

Information Technology Manager
Stanford Prevention Research Center

Brenda Norrie

Fellowship Program Manager
Residency & Educational Programs

Adrian Pasco

Administrative Associate

Maria Del Pilar Pfeiffer

Lead Office Administrator
Infectious Diseases

Stefanni San Agustin

Adminstrative Associate

Georgia Sideri

Administrative Associate
Biomedical Informatics Research

Crystal Smith

Clinical Summer Internship Program Manager
Primary Care & Population Health

George Varghese

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator
Cardiovascular Medicine

Emily Wood

Research Project Manager

The Department of Medicine thanks these staff members for Going the Extra Mile!

About the Program

The GEM Awards are an opportunity for you to recognize a fellow employee with a “thank you” for an excellent job done, assistance on a special project, providing backup during vacation, and any other time when they have gone the extra mile.

This program is 100% employee driven, and the nominations come from you!

To Nominate Someone for a GEM Award

Complete a GEM nomination form, outlining why the Department of Medicine employee should receive the award.

Nominations will be reviewed monthly. Award winners will be selected by Department Senior Operations Managers. Winners will then receive a $25 gift card. Recognition announcements will be published in the DoM Newsletter. 

Employees can win no more than three times during the calendar year.

Please note that Division Managers, Department Operations Managers, Faculty, Clinical Educators, and Contingent Staff are not eligible. Staff may not nominate themselves.