alumni award winners

2017 Alumni Award Recipients
Randy Bolton, MD, PhD, Ken Iverson, MD, Ms. DyAnne Dunham, Dean Les Hall, Leah Reznikov, PhD,
Gabe Simpson, MD, Emily Hardisty, MS,CGC, Richard Kordus, MBS

Alumni Award Nominations

Each year, the School of Medicine presents a number of prestigious awards to our most dedicated and qualified alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement or service to the School.  We would like to invite all alumni and friends of the School to nominate individuals to be considered as recipients of these awards.

Congratulations to our 2017 Alumni Award Recipients!

USC School of Medicine
Alumni Award Recipients

Distinguished Physician Alumni Award
J.W. Randolph Bolton, MD, PhD – ‘84/Cardiothoracic Surgery

Distinguished Young Physician Alumni Award
Ken Iverson, MD – ‘07/ Otolaryngology

Humanitarian Physician Alumni Award
D. Gabe Simpson, MD – ‘00/Emergency Medicine

Distinguished Doctorate Alumni Award
Leah Reznikov, PhD – ’08

Distinguished Master’s in Genetic Counseling Alumni Award
Emily E. Hardisty, MS CGC – ’01

Distinguished Master’s Alumni Award
Richard Kordus, MBS – ‘10/Biomedical Science

Alumni Association Honorary Life Member
Ms. DyAnne M. Dunham
USC School of Medicine (1979 – 2005)
  • 1979 - Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science Administrative Director
  • 1992 - Dean’s Award
  • 1996 - 2005 Senior Director of Development
  • 1998 - Organized Alumni/Development Office
  • 2001 - Directed USC Bicentennial Campaign
  • 2003 - University-Wide Administrative Employee of the Year

2017 Alumni Award Recipients

Randy Bolton

Dr. J.W. Randolph (Randy) Bolton, class of 1984, is Chief of Surgery at Dorn VA Medical Center and Professor of Clinical Surgery with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Department of Surgery.  

Following his retirement from the U.S. Air Force as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Consultant to the Surgeon General, he has been active in the creation of new cardiac surgical programs with an emphasis on protocol development and the use of minimally invasive techniques to improve patient outcomes and teaching innovative cardiac surgical techniques both nationally and internationally.

Prior to returning to USC and Dorn in 2014, Dr. Bolton served as Medical Director of Cardiovascular Services for Stanford University Hospital’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Department to consult, consolidate and manage their outlying cardiothoracic surgical programs.

Dr. Kenneth C. Iverson, class of 2007, is an assistant professor specializing in Pediatric Otolaryngology in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Kentucky. He has publications in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at numerous national and international meetings. His research areas have focused on chronic ear disease in children, hearing loss, and innovative technology in cochlear implantation. He is a member of the University of Kentucky’s cochlear and auditory device implant team, an active board member of the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center which serves to habilitate and educate children with hearing and speech impairment, and a medical staff member with the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs that reaches numerous underserved children with hearing impairment in the state of Kentucky. His additional clinical interests include pediatric airway reconstruction, congenital head and neck disorders, pediatric head and neck oncology, and endoscopic sinus disease management in children with cystic fibrosis.

Ken Iverson

Gabe Simpson

Gabe Simpson, MD, class of 2000, is a board certified emergency medicine physician in his hometown of Cheraw, SC where he serves as Medical Director of the Emergency Department and Chief of Staff of Mcleod Health Cheraw.  He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia in 2003 where he served as chief resident and received the Outstanding Resident of the Year Award and the Sydney R. Berens Award for Compassion.   In 2009, the Lord led Gabe and his wife, Lisa, in establishing the all volunteer Mercy in Me Free Medical Clinic serving as founding Chairman, Medical Director and primary physician and Lisa as founding board member and nurse, volunteer capacities in which they both still serve.  In 2013, they were led to spearhead and continue to serve as founding board members of His Hands and Feet of Chesterfield County, a homeless shelter, where Gabe continues as chairman of board, to the Glory of God.


Leah Reznikov is an Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator at the University of Florida.  She attended Iowa State University as an undergraduate and obtained her B.S. in Biology in 2002.  Between the years of 2004 and 2008, she attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine where she earned her doctorate in Biomedical Sciences.  Her doctoral work in the laboratories of Drs. Lawrence Reagan and Jim Fadel focused on the neurochemical and neuroanatomical correlates of stress.  Her observations contributed to a paradigm shift away from a monoamine hypothesis of depression towards a neuroplasticity hypothesis focused on glutamate.  She was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Welsh, HHMI, from the years of 2008-2016.  While at the University of Iowa, she developed her own research niche by merging the fields of neuroscience and airway biology.  She earned a NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award and has recently been named a Co-Investigator on a large NIH SPARC grant.

Leah Reznikov

Emily Hardisty

Emily Ellen Hardisty, MS, CGC, class of 2001, is a native of North Carolina and a board-certified genetic counselor serving patients in North Carolina. Emily has been a reproductive genetic counselor with UNC Maternal Fetal Medicine for over 15 years, and has been the supervisor of the Reproductive Genetics group at UNC since 2011. In her role as a clinical instructor with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Emily has been involved in both didactic and clinical education of medical students, residents, fellows, nurse practitioners, and genetic counseling students. Emily has collaborated with colleagues to author more than 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts and abstracts and is currently recruiting patients for a study regarding clinical whole exome sequencing in the prenatal setting. She currently resides in Hillsborough, North Carolina with her husband and her two children.

Richard Kordus, MS, class of 2010, has worked for 18 years as an embryologist performing in vitro fertilization.  He performed embryology in Columbia for 12 years at Advanced Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology Institute and currently travels around the country consulting for various IVF clinics.   Although a native of Wisconsin, he received his BS from Valparaiso University in Indiana where he double majored in both Chemistry and Biology.   Richard later earned his MS in Biomedical Sciences from The University of South Carolina School of Medicine where he was honored with the 2010 Outstanding Thesis Award in Life Sciences. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Cell Biology and Anatomy at The University of South Carolina School of Medicine focusing on human ovarian granulosa cells where he has been awarded a co-investigator ASPIRE grant for 2016 along with mentor Dr. Holly LaVoie. 

Richard Kordus

Dyanne Dunham

DyAnne Dunham joined the USC School of Medicine in the Spring of 1979 in the Department of  Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science to establish administrative staff operations.  Working with Alexander G. Donald, MD, Chair, and his successor, Larry R. Faulkner, MD, her responsibilities increased as the Department and School grew.  As Dean in 1996, Dr. Faulkner named DyAnne the School’s first Director of Development. She and her staff organized the USC School of Medicine Alumni Association, the annual Black Tie White Coat Gala fundraiser, the Mini-Med School community outreach, and the Dean’s state-wide alumni events.  She spearheaded the School's successful participation in the University’s 2001 Bicentennial Campaign and Annual Fund drives.  She received the 1992 SOM Dean’s Award and the 2003-2004 University's Administrative Employee Award.  A graduate of USC, DyAnne retired in 2005 but returned for several special projects in 2011.  Joined by her two grandchildren who are Carolina undergrads, DyAnne remains a forever Gamecock fan.