Professor Jon Chilingerian, Alumna Signe Flieger Receive Teaching Awards

The annual awards, presented by Tufts Medical School, recognize excellence in teaching across various degree programs

October 31, 2022

Jon Chilingerian and Signe Flieger
Professor Jon Chilingerian and Signe Flieger, PhD'14

Professor Jon Chilingerian received the 2022 Tufts School of Medicine MD-MBA Excellence in Teaching Award. This award, established in 2018, commends one faculty member per year for demonstration of a sincere concern for students, an ability to share knowledge effectively and a manner that inspires by example.

A professor of management with expertise in leadership, organizational behavior, and health care management, Chilingerian is founding director of both the Heller Executive MBA for Physicians program and the MD/MBA dual degree program in health management with Tufts Medical School. The Heller/Tufts MD/MBA program is the largest program of its kind in the U.S. with over 200 graduates. 

"Receiving the Tufts School of Medicine MD-MBA Excellence in Teaching Award for 2022 means a great deal to me,” says Chilingerian. “I am the founding director of the Tufts School of Medicine-Brandeis University MD/MBA program, which has been running for 27 years now, and teaching runs to the heart of everything I do. I feel lucky and privileged to have the opportunity to teach such talented and receptive Heller students and I am most grateful to them for this honor."

Dr. Shilpa Ghatnekar and Jon Chilingerian
Dr. Shilpa Ghatnekar and Prof. Jon Chilingerian

Recent graduate Dr. Shilpa Ghatnekar, MD/MBA’22 presented the award to Chilingerian saying, “The MD/MBA Class of 2022 presents this award with profound gratitude to the most ‘fantastico’ professor and founder of our program, which has graduated the most MD/MBAs in the nation, our fearless leader: Jon Chilingerian.”

The awards ceremony also recognized Heller alumna Signe Flieger, PhD’14, a current associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Flieger received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Master’s of Public Health program. 

“I feel fortunate to carry the Heller motto, ‘Knowledge Advancing Social Justice,’ into my teaching life at Tufts,” notes Flieger. “In the classroom, Tufts MPH students engage so thoughtfully in an array of public health and health policy issues…I look forward to seeing the ways they leverage their public health tools to promote health and health equity throughout their careers.”