Irving Institute Announces 2017 Mentor of the Year Awards

January 5, 2018

The Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research is proud to present the prestigious Mentor of the Year Award to three deserving candidates, Mathew Maurer, MD; Lisa A. Mellman, MD and Rudolph L. Leibel, MD. In recognition of their outstanding guidance and support to many grateful students, fellows and faculty, these candidates stood out not only as mentors and leaders, but as friends.

With 28 nominations, the Irving Institute's four reviewers had many deserving candidates to choose from. However the recommendation letters for our winners were overwhelming.

Of Mathew Maurer, Professor of Geriatric Cardiology, one nominator wrote, "I have been blessed with numerous gifted and devoted mentors over my brief career, but I simply could not have foreseen how fruitful and impactful my relationship with Mat has been for the growth of my career. He is the epitome of a mentor and beyond deserving of this award." Others raved about his strength in advocating for his mentees and helping them navigate CUIMC, and also by setting an example in creating a good work-life balance.

Nominators for Lisa A. Mellman, Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, could think of no faculty more fitting to receive this award. "She has all of the qualities that define a good mentor and goes above and beyond in her role mentoring all the students at P&S." They went on to talk about her devotion to the growth of the P&S community and dedication to improving the experience of all medical students.

In Rudolph L. Leibel, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, nominators wrote of his dedication to advisees and his ability to to make the workplace comfortable and efficient. "Rudy's mentorship goes far beyond academics," one nominator wrote of Dr. Leibel. "Rudy has provided invaluable personal advice and his guidance has been critical as I transition to the next stage in my career."

Congratulations to 2017's Mentors of the Year!



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