Deborah Hatch Czerkawski Award
- Jameson Sofge, Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology
Jameson Sofge is the third recipient of the Deborah Hatch Czerkawski Award. The award was created in 2009 and presented posthumously to Debbie Czerkawski who was an integral part of the clinical pathology lab and the college for eight years. The award is to reflect spirit, enthusiasm, and character.
Attitude reflects leadership. JAMESON SOFGE is a research assistant and manager of the Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory. He oversees activities that range from coordination of research support for five to ten simultaneously ongoing projects, to running a therapeutic drug monitoring service that caters to over 200 patients each week.
“Among the most profound contributions Jameson has made to our lab is in the realm of our therapeutic drug monitoring service,” said Dr. Dawn Boothe. In regard to the oversight and development of automated assays on the new instrumentation, Sofge has helped reduce sample analysis time from 24 hours to 20 minutes. Equally important have been the changes he has made in the recommendation system to veterinarians submitting samples. As a result the turnaround time for directives regarding the design of dosing regimens is less than 24 hours from the time of sample receipt.
Sofge is committed to excellence in his personal life as well. “He is currently pursuing a master’s degree and he has multiple ongoing epidemiological research projects that he is developing from our therapeutic drug monitoring database,” said Dr. Heather Davis.
Sofge is an active member of the Auburn community. “This past summer, when most people were on vacation, Mr. Sofge donated a week of his own time to a children’s leadership camp and served as camp counselor and chef,” Dr. Davis said.
“His smile precedes him by about 30 yards,” said Dr. Boothe. “Veterinarians uniformly compliment him for his enthusiasm, attention to detail, willingness to help, and follow-through. Jameson’s contribution to our laboratory has been the reason we are nationally recognized for our therapeutic drug monitoring service and our efforts in clinical research.”