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Neurosurgery resident Daggubati honored for exceptional teaching

Dr. Lekhaj Daggubati, a trainee in the Neurosurgery Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was honored in June 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

“Dr. Daggubati was likely the most influential individual on my teaching and experience during my neurosurgery rotation,” a current student wrote. “During a grueling and long schedule with many patients, he still always looked out for the medical students and found ways to get us involved in cases, even when it was difficult and inconvenient for him.

“Specifically, he always went out of his way to ask me questions and educate me appropriately in an informative manner when I did not know the answer.”

Daggubati is a PGY-6 neurosurgery chief resident who is originally from New Jersey. He completed undergraduate and medical school at Drexel University. Daggubati’s clinical interests are in skull base neurosurgery, neurosurgical oncology, peripheral nerve and big data in neurosurgery. He will be finishing his PGY-7 with an enfolded neurosurgical-oncology fellowship with Dr. Brad Zacharia before continuing on to a postgraduate neurosurgical-oncology fellowship at the University of Miami. Daggubati is also concurrently completing his master’s in data science from Northwestern University, Chicago.

Penn State College of Medicine’s Office for a Respectful Learning Environment recognizes exceptional faculty, residents and fellows with the monthly “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program. Each month, one faculty member and one resident/fellow are highlighted for their contributions. College of Medicine students are invited to submit narratives about faculty members, residents, nurses or any other educators who challenge them and provide an exceptional learning experience using the online nomination form.

The Office for a Respectful Learning Environment fosters an educational community at Penn State College of Medicine in which all learners and educators feel supported, challenged, valued and respected. It serves all learners at the College of Medicine: medical students, graduate students, physician assistant students, residents and fellows.

See previous faculty and resident/fellow honorees here.

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