Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award
The UCSF Faculty Mentoring Program established the prestigious annual Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award in 2007 as the first major award on campus that recognized the sustained commitment of senior faculty to mentoring. Recipients are selected through a nomination process and are assessed in four areas by a selection committee of composed of senior faculty representatives from all four schools. Nominee are considered based on their impact on mentees’ career development, the career productivity of mentees, nomination letters, and the breadth and depth of mentoring across schools, departments and campuses.
- Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipients
2021 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - Dean Sheppard, MD Dean Sheppard received an MD from SUNY at Stony Brook, did medical residency at the University of Washington and a pulmonary fellowship at UCSF. He did post-doctoral research with Homer Boushey in the CVRI and joined the faculty at San Francisco General Hospital in 1980. Dr. Sheppard was appointed as the founding Director of the Lung Biology Center in 1986 and the Chief of the UCSF Health Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep in 2009. His research has spanned clinical research on the effects of common air pollutant, sulfur dioxide, on patients with asthma, basic research on the biochemistry, cell biology and in vivo functions of members of the integrin family of adhesion receptors and translational research developing new drugs to treat tissue fibrosis, asthma, acute lung injury and cancer. He has been the corresponding PI of the UCSF Multi-disciplinary Training Program in Lung Disease for the past 10 years and has directly overseen the training of more than 50 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Dr. Sheppard is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The privilege of working closely with so many creative, brilliant and generous trainees, helping them to clarify and achieve their career goals, and keeping track of their extraordinary accomplishments is by far the most fulfilling aspect of his work.
2020 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - Jeffery Fineman, MD Jeffery Fineman, Professor and Vice Chair of Pediatrics, is Division Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Director of the Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Service, and Investigator at the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI). He received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine, followed by a Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at NYU/Bellevue Medical Center. Dr. Fineman came to UCSF for fellowship training in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and research training at the CVRI. He leads a translational research program that investigates the regulation of pulmonary blood flow and pulmonary vascular function in the normal and abnormal fetal, transitional, and postnatal circulations, with particular focus on aberrations on vascular endothelial function in pediatric pulmonary vascular disease.
Over the years, Dr. Fineman’s commitment to mentoring pre and post-doctoral trainees and junior faculty has resulted in the successful sponsoring of multiple NIH and American Heart Association (AHA) physician-scientist career development awards. In addition, he is a consummate clinical mentor and is the Principal Investigator of an NIH T32 program for research training in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and a founding member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for an NIH K12 program in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Fineman’s contributions have been recognized by numerous organizations, including mentoring awards from the AHA and the Society for Pediatric Research
2020 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - Peter Walter, PhD Peter Walter is a Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. He attended the Freie Universität Berlin and in 1977 received his Masters of Science in Organic Chemistry from Vanderbilt University. In 1981, he obtained his PhD in Biochemistry at The Rockefeller University for his work in Günter Blobel’s lab discovering the signal recognition particle. In 1983, Peter joined the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF where he began to work on protein quality control and the unfolded protein response. He served as Department Chair from 2001 until 2008. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy for Arts and Sciences and an associate member of the European Molecular Biology Association and the Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina. In 2016 Peter served as President of the American Society of Cell Biology. His awards include the Eli Lilly Award, the Passano Award, the Wiley Prize, the Stein & Moore Award, the Gairdner Award, the E.B. Wilson Medal, the Otto Warburg Medal, the Jung Prize, the 2012 Ehrlich and Darmstaedter Prize, the 2014 Shaw Prize, the 2014 Lasker Award, the 2015 Vilcek Prize, the 2018 Breakthrough Prize, the 2018 Judd Award for Cancer Research and the 2018 van Deenan Medal.
Throughout Peter Walter’s 38 year career at UCSF, one of his greatest joys is mentoring young scientists. He is friend, a confidant, advisor and champion for his mentees. Within his lab and the community at large, Peter has served as a mentor for almost 200 students, postdocs and faculty members, many of whom have who have made groundbreaking discoveries and become leaders in their respective fields of study.
2019 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - Bruce L. Miller, MD Dr. Miller holds the A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professorship in Neurology at UC San Francisco where he directs the Memory and Aging Center. He is a behavioral neurologist whose work in neurodegenerative conditions emphasizes brain-behavior relationships and the genetic and molecular underpinnings of disease. He is the principal investigator of the NIH-sponsored Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and program project on frontotemporal dementia. Additionally, he helps lead the Tau Consortium, Consortium for Frontotemporal Research and Global Brain Health Institute. He was awarded the Potamkin Award from the American Academy of Neurology and elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
As one of his nominators stated: “Despite Dr. Miller’s remarkable scientific accomplishments, I suspect he will be most remembered for having trained a new generation of clinician-scientists whose mission is to help find treatments and cures for neurodegenerative disease.”
2018 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - Patricia S. O’Sullivan, EdD Patricia S. O'Sullivan is Professor of Medicine and Surgery, Director of Research and Development in Medical Education and Endowed Chair for Surgical Education. After receiving her doctorate in education, her first position was with the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston launching a nearly 40-year career in health professions education in seven institutions. Dr. O'Sullivan is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and recipient of the Merrill Flair Award of the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs. In 2018, she received the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Award for Outstanding Achievements in Medical Education.
Believing in a continuum between development and scholarship, she oversees opportunities for individuals to gain skills and develop their scholarship through opportunities at UCSF including pathways to earn a masters and PhD in health professions education. Dr. O'Sullivan focuses her scholarship on faculty development and assessment. She has published over 300 articles largely with individuals whom she has mentored as they launch their careers in medical education. The interactions with students, residents, fellows and faculty are what enrich every day.
2017 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - Abul K. Abbas, MBBS Dr. Abbas received his medical degree (MBBS) in India, completed training in Pathology at Harvard and joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he rose to become Professor of Pathology and Head of the Immunology Research Division. In 1999, after twenty years on the Harvard faculty, he moved to the University of California San Francisco as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pathology. Dr. Abbas has received several honors, including election to the National Academy of Medicine, election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Rous-Whipple Award and Robbins Educator Award of the American Society of Investigative Pathology. He has served as one of the founding Editors and Associate Editor of Immunity, Associate Editor and Section Editor for The Journal of Immunology, Associate Editor of Cell, Consulting Editor of The Journal of Clinical Investigation, founding Editor of the Annual Review of Pathology: Mechanisms of Disease, and Co-Chief Scientific Advisor for Science Immunology. From 2011-2013, he was the President of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS).
Dr. Abbas’ research interests are in Immunology, with a focus on the control of immune responses and the causes of autoimmunity. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and invited reviews, and is the author of four widely read textbooks. Dr. Abbas has been an admired and beloved mentor for more than 30 years to dozens of students and junior faculty at UCSF and Harvard and has received numerous teaching awards at both institutions. As one letter of nomination writes: “He knows exactly when to inspire his mentees to breakout of their comfort zone and achieve more. He brilliantly combines this with an intuitive ability to know when to simply be supportive and allow autonomy.”
2016 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - Claire Brindis, DrPH, MPH Claire Brindis, DrPH, MPH, is a professor of Pediatrics and of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Director of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, and Co-Director of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center. Dr. Brindis’ research and personal commitment focuses on ameliorating the impact of social, health, and economic disparities among ethnic/racial populations, with a particular focus on women, young adults, and adolescents and reproductive health. Her policy research focuses on how disparities impact health outcomes, including access to quality care and health insurance coverage, as well as examining the impact of migration and acculturation on Latino/as’ health. Research interests also include consumer engagement in health care system re-design, tracking the implementation of the Affordable Care Act on adolescents and young adults, and strategies for closing the gap between evidence-based innovation and its application to policy and programs. Dr. Brindis’ is committed to mentoring across the academic lifecourse, from students through senior faculty and researchers across disciplines. She previously led the Hewlett Fellowship in Reproductive Health Policy for 16 years focused on Latin America. Dr. Brindis is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies of Science 2015 (joint) Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine. He is also Director of the UCSF Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations (MERC) and of the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities and Assistant Director for Health Care Disparities of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He trained in primary care general internal medicine at UCSF, and completed a research fellowship in general internal medicine before being appointed Assistant Professor at UCSF in July 1983. He practices continuity general internal medicine and teaches residents and students in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Pérez-Stable’s research focuses on health and health care disparities in tobacco use and cessation, cancer prevention and aging. Dr. Pérez-Stable has mentored 70 diverse investigators from different disciplines focused on health disparities research 2015 (joint) Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - Zena Werb, PhD Zena Werb, PhD received her BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto, and her PhD in Cell Biology from Rockefeller University, New York. After post-doctoral studies at the Strangeways Research Laboratory in Cambridge England, she was recruited to the UCSF faculty, where she is currently Professor and Vice-Chair of Anatomy. She is a member of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and The Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research. Dr. Werb is recognized internationally for her fundamental discoveries about the role of the cellular microenvironment and intercellular communication in the normal functioning and pathogenesis of tissues. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, and election to the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - Deborah Grady, MD Deborah Grady, MD is Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, Interim Director of the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and Deputy Editor of JAMA Internal Medicine. She is a leader in clinical research methodology, clinical trial design and clinical research training. Dr. Grady played a key role in the development of clinical and translational research training programs at UCSF over the past 2 decades, including curriculum and course development in the didactic program (Training in Clinical Research), and developing the training programs for professional students (TL1), residents (Residency Research Training Program), junior faculty (KL2), early translational researchers (Graduate Education in Medical Science) and late translational research (Implementation and Dissemination Sciences). Dr. Grady is an Editor of “Designing Clinical Research”, a leading textbook on clinical research methods, and the primary author of its chapters on clinical trials, research ethics, and study implementation. She is an internationally recognized expert on the risks and benefits of postmenopausal hormone therapy and the treatment of menopausal symptoms. Dr. Grady has mentored over 40 young researchers in a wide variety of disciplines, almost all of whom are currently successful independent clinical researchers. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science. 2013 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - Michael A. Matthay, MD Dr. Matthay is a Professor of Medicine and Anesthesia at UCSF and Associate Director of the Intensive Care Unit. He has been a Senior Associate of the Cardiovascular Research Institute since 1989, and he has been a leader in the field of pulmonary edema and the acute respiratory distress syndrome, focusing on mechanisms responsible for the pathogenesis and resolution of acute lung injury. Throughout his career, he has been an enthusiastic mentor to medical students, residents, postdoctoral fellows and junior 2012 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - Arthur Weiss, M.D., PhD Dr. Weiss is the Ephraim P. Engleman Distinguished Professor of Rheumatology in the UCSF Department of Medicine. He has been a member of the UCSF faculty and served as investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1985. Dr. Weiss was Division Chief of Rheumatology at UCSF for over 20 years. Dr. Weiss is a leader in the field of signal transduction in the immune system, focusing on the roles of tyrosine kinases and phosphatases in regulating lymphocyte activation. Through his career, he has been an active mentor to UCSF undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty. Dr. Weiss’s mentorship has placed numerous individuals in leadership positions in academia, industry and clinical care. He is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy of Microbiology. 2011 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - Sally J. Marshall, PhD Sally J Marshall, PhD is Distinguished Professor of Biomaterials and Bioengineering in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences in the School of Dentistry. Her research focus is on structures, properties and mechanisms in biomaterials, with particular emphasis on the interfaces between natural and artificial materials. She is Past President of the International and American Associations for Dental Research and is noted for mentoring a significant number of women leaders who subsequently were elected to those offices. In addition, she was the first woman President of the Academy of Dental Materials. Dr. Marshall has mentored a variety of scientists, including faculty at UCSF and other institutions, postdocs, graduate, dental and undergraduate students throughout her career. Her mentees have had successful careers including deans, department chairs, and program leaders at other institutions. Dr. Marshall has been a Professor at UCSF since 1987 and was a Professor at Northwestern University prior to her arrival at UCSF. 2010 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, is Professor and Chair in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy. He also serves as Associate Director of Pharmaceutical Services at UCSF Medical Center. Prior to his chairship, he was Vice Chair of Scholarship for the Department. His primary research interests involve the safe, effective, and appropriate use of antimicrobials, as well as the pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacokinetics of anti-infective agents. Dr. Guglielmo developed the Medical Center Antimicrobial Management Program in the 1980s and has mentored infectious diseases specialty residents and fellows continuously since 1986. He serves as long-term editor of Applied Therapeutics: The Clinical Use of Drugs and the Handbook for Applied Therapeutics. 2009 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - Nancy E. Adler, PhD Nancy E. Adler, PhD directs an NIMH-sponsored postdoctoral program in “Psychology and Medicine: Translational Research on Stress, Behavior and Disease,” and co-directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars Program. As director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on SES and Health, she coordinates studies spanning social, psychological and biological determinants while conducting her research on the role of subjective social status in health. She has served on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the NIH, and been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). In 1995 she was awarded the UCSF Chancellor’s Award for the Advancement of Women. 2008 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - Philip C. Hopewell, MD Dr. Hopewell trained in internal medicine and pulmonary disease at UCSF and joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital in 1973. He has held numerous leadership positions at UCSF and has an international reputation for his work on the clinical and epidemiological aspects of tuberculosis and tuberculosis control. He has mentored numerous UCSF faculty and students over the past 25 years, many of whom have gone on to key leadership roles in the global battle against TB. 2007 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - Stephen B. Hulley, MD, MPH Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2007 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award Recipient - Stephen J. McPhee, MD Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
- Nomination Guidelines
Mentoring is a critical component of productivity, career advancement and satisfaction for all faculty members. This award recognizes an outstanding senior faculty mentor at UCSF who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to mentoring faculty.
The recipient must have a minimum of 10 years of service at UCSF with a current appointment at 51% time or greater and have made significant contributions to the careers of his or her mentees.
Nominations for the 2021 award will be accepted starting in March 2021
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