Joni Westerhouse, associate vice chancellor and associate dean in the Office of Medical Public Affairs at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the 2020 Distinguished Service Award from the Group on Institutional Advancement (GIA) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
The honor — presented to Westerhouse on Sept. 17 — recognizes her for significant and longstanding contributions to the group, the AAMC and her profession. The GIA is a national professional-development group devoted to the role of institutional advancement in academic medicine.
Westerhouse has overseen the School of Medicine’s public relations, communications and marketing efforts as associate vice chancellor and associate dean since 2014. She joined the office in 1987 as medical editor of the Record and as a media relations specialist. Over the years, she has taken on myriad roles — as a spokesperson, writer, editor, and director and executive director of medical communications before being named an assistant vice chancellor in 2011. She also has had leadership roles in events on the Danforth Campus, including as a member of several presidential and vice presidential debate planning committees.