Tracy Osborne Award Winners
Erika Barber, MD
Erika Barber is currently a Geriatric Fellow at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She completed her Medical Degree at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 2007, while being awarded the Edna Ittner Primary Care Scholarship during her third year of Medical School for scholastic achievement.
Dr. Barber developed her love of patient care beginning with her work as a nursing assistant while in high school. Her interest in providing care to the elderly continued with her experiences in medical school on the Geriatrics rotation at UNMC, and during her residency, she developed a successful electronic medical record system in her continuity clinic to screen all elderly patients from harmful medications as classified by the Beers List. After screening all patients in the clinic, a list of inappropriate medications was shared with her fellow residents, which convinced them to make medication changes. The result was a significant reduction in inappropriate medications being prescribed in the clinic.
Dr. Barber has a passion for improving the quality of life of nursing home residents, promoting wellness, and partnering with the community. Her “can-do personality” will make a difference in geriatrics and in Nebraska.
G. DANIEL RATH, MD
George Daniel Rath completed his Bachelor’s degree at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. He completed his medical degree at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN and his residency at the Sioux Falls Family Medicine Residency Program in Sioux Falls, SD.
Dr. Rath is board certified in Family Medicine. He has served as a staff physician with the Canton Family Physicians in Canton, SD, as Faculty of the Sioux Falls Family Medicine Residency Program and the Family Medicine Residency Program in Lacrossse, WI.
Dr. Rath is also a volunteer staff physician with the Presbyterian Church Hospital of East Africa.
Dr. Rath authored and co-authored several journal articles. Dr. Rath is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the South Dakota Academy of Family Physicians, South Dakota Chapter of American Medical Association, and the South Dakota Nursing Home Directors Association.
Dr. Rath is currently a Fellow at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Geriatric Section. He was previously a practicing physician of Family Medicine in South Dakota. He has taken time out of his practice to do a fellowship to learn more about the geriatrics profession.
Dr. Rath truly engenders the spirit of the Tracy Osborne and we are pleased to award this honor to Dr. George Daniel Rath. Dr. Rath’s dynamic qualities and skills have assisted him in becoming an excellent Family Practitioner and will enable him to carry on that excellence as a Geriatrician and leader in providing excellent geriatric healthcare.
Erin Cooper, MD
Carrie Hoarty, MD
Kalpana Padala, MD
Heather Titman, DO
Laurence Wolpert, MD
Homa Magsi, MD
Janna Ver Miller, MD