Donald R. Coustan, MD
Congratulations to Donald Coustan, MD, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Attending Physician, Women & Infants Hospital, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine recipient of the Center of Excellence Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. Letters in support of Dr. Coustan's nomination were sent in by Brenna Anderson, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Barbara O'Brien, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology as well as Jeff Peipert, MD, PhD, formerly of Women & Infants/Brown now the Robert J. Terry Professor & Vice Chair of Clinical Research in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Anderson wrote, "I knew Dr. Coustan as the department chair when I was a student at Brown University School of Medicine but have gotten to know Dr. Coustan the person over the last several years as a faculty member. I can honestly say that while I regarded Dr. Coustan as a world renowned physician even as a student, that persona pales in comparison to the generous, thoughtful, dedicated mentor he is to me and to so many other faculty members in our department. He is an absolutely tireless physician committed to advancing the career development of obstetricians. Perhaps the greatest mentorship that Dr. Coustan has provided me is that of the humanistic kind. He always advises me about how to advance my career in a collaborative way. He is proof that decent people can succeed in academics and have a fulfilling career despite things like budgets, mergers, politics, and recessions. I cannot express how grateful I am to Dr. Coustan for providing me with the opportunities that he has provided me with thus far in my career. I have no doubt that any future success that I have will be due to his unrelenting support"
Dr. O'Brien stated "The reason why Dr. Coustan has been so influential in my life is that he validated what I do today. He has made me realize that teaching I no less important than a career in research. When debating between an academic career in research or teaching, Dr. Coustan's advice was 'It's easy—do what you love.' My decision became clear from his heartfelt advice. Although world-famous and extremely busy, Dr. Coustan makes you feel like you are the most important person in the world when he speaks to you. I have come to him innumerable times with what must have seemed like trite issues to him but were big issues in my life at the time. He always responded with care and concern, no matter how busy or stressed he himself may have been at the time. Dr. Coustan has been a true advocate and mentor. He has been committed to my career development and has guided me toward the road of promotion on the teaching scholar track."
Dr. Peipert added "It is my pleasure to nominate Dr. Donald Coustan for an Outstanding Mentor Recognition Award. I served on the faculty at Brown/Women & Infants for 13 years, and Dr. Coustan was my primary mentor during my time on faculty. I have known Dr. Coustan for 18 years, and I believe he demonstrates all the qualifications and criteria for the Award.
Dr. Coustan is clearly committed to women's health research and to the education of and career development of junior investigators. His work and landmark articles evaluating the screening and treatment of gestational diabetes are classics in the literature and serve as model publications for developing clinical investigators. Dr. Coustan always had the career development of his mentees and their success as his top priority. As former Chair of the Department, Dr. Coustan provided a supportive environment with protected time and financial and organizational support for residents, fellows, and junior faculty interested in clinical research. Dr. Coustan assists with mentee's development by promoting and developing their individual talents. He supports their clinical, educational, and research development in any way he can.
Many times in my role as a leader in the Department of OB/GYN at Washington University, I think about how Dr. Coustan would handle a difficult situation. He was always fair, logical, kept his students and mentees welfare in mind, and always demonstrated a high level of integrity. I am sure all formers mentees of Dr. Coustan would agree, he is an outstanding mentor and deserves to be recognized with an Outstanding Mentor Recognition Award."
Dr. Coustan will be recognized and presented with a plaque at the Center of Excellence Networking event to be held in the fall of 2010.
Caron Zlotnick, PhD
Congratulations to Caron Zlotnick, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Director of Research for Women's Behavioral Health at Women & Infants Hospital, this quarter's Outstanding Faculty Mentor. Jennifer Johnson, PhD, Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychiatry & Human Behavior and Christie Rizzo, PhD, Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychiatry & Human Behavior submitted outstanding letters in support of her nomination highlighting the qualities that make Dr. Zlotnick deserving of this recognition. Dr. Johnson wrote, "Dr. Zlotnick has been my primary mentor during my T32 postdoctoral fellowship and during my National Institute of Drug Abuse K23 award over the past 5 years. Dr. Zlotnick's availability, responsiveness, and skill have been crucial to my early career success. She devotes time and energy to our mentorship relationship and to making sure that I reach my own career goals. Dr. Zlotnick has also been a shrewd advocate in my behalf with other researchers and with departmental, hospital and prison administrations. She is one of those rare researchers who is fantastically successful in her own right, and yet is completely and unselfishly dedicated to the success and well-being of those around her.
Dr. Zlotnick is also a committed mentor to many other interns, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty in our department and in other departments. Universally, she has a reputation for being warm, responsive, competent, and goal-focused. Even when Dr. Zlotnick has the title of co-mentor, she often becomes the mentor of choice. Mentees who work with her become stronger scientifically and feel 100% supported. She has helped several of us compete successfully for NIH K awards and receive faculty appointments. In fact, five of Dr. Zlotnick's mentees collectively nominated her for a Brown University Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior mentoring award this year, which she received.
In summary, Dr. Zlotnick is warm, training-focused, committed, responsive, thorough, and completely invested in her trainees' success and well-being. She has a way of instilling in trainees self-efficacy and the will and ability to take the necessary steps to succeed; I have experienced this myself and have watched others' body language reflect this in a single conversation with her. She is empowering. Rather than molding trainees to simply be clones or adjuncts of her, she dedicates herself to helping them become the best version of themselves as researchers that they can possibly be. I cannot describe how valuable it has been to the trainees and junior faculty in our department and other departments to have her mentorship. I could not recommend anyone for the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Recognition Award any more highly than Dr. Zlotnick".
Dr. Rizzo added "For the past 3 years, Dr. Zlotnick has mentored me in developing and submitting a K23 Career Development Award Application to NIMH. Under her guidance, I received funding for this award in May of 2009. In the years that I have known Dr. Zlotnick, she has always provided direct and constructive feedback. Her guidance has allowed me to consider critical issues in study design and implementation that I wouldn't have otherwise considered. With each step, she has taken the time to be certain I understand the rationale for my decisions while simultaneously encouraging my independence to make decisions on my own. This ability to find the precise balance between mentoring and promoting self-sufficiency is a unique quality that makes Dr. Zlotnick an outstanding mentor.
In many ways, working with Dr. Zlotnick has been a transforming experience. Her care and concern for everyone she works with is certainly admirable, but it is the personal investment that she has in her role as a mentor that is truly amazing. She is the first person to stand up as an advocate for her trainees. No issue or question is inconsequential to her; rather she always finds a way to provide an answer. She is not only willing to discuss professional development issues, but is also an astute sounding board for more personal issues, such as the challenges of balancing work and family. Her guidance and support over the past 3 years has fostered my professional development in ways that I had not imagined. In Dr. Zlotnick I have found an example of a successful woman who has achieved international recognition for her research while finding time to impart her wisdom on the next generation of scientists, while still maintaining a tranquil and supportive interpersonal style that can set anyone at ease. I can only hope that I will have the kind of positive impact on junior faculty members and trainees in the future that Dr. Zlotnick has had on me. Without a doubt, she has been very influential in my professional and personal development."
Dr. Zlotnick will be recognized and presented with a plaque at the Center of Excellence Networking event to be held on November 18, 2009 from 5:30 – 7:00 at the Brown Faculty Club.
Jane Eisen, MD
Congratulations to Jane Eisen, MD, Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, this quarter's Outstanding Faculty Mentor. Maria Mancebo, PhD, Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychiatry & Human Behavior and Tracey Guthrie, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior submitted outstanding letters in support of her nomination highlighting the qualities that make Dr. Eisen deserving of this recognition. Dr. Mancebo wrote, "I have been very fortunate to have Dr. Eisen as a mentor for the past seven years. As my research mentor during my postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at Brown, Dr. Eisen guided me in tackling multiple professional roles while establishing a productive research career. From her extensive clinical expertise, I have not only learned how to study OCD, but also to use this knowledge to gain insight into the symptoms from the patient's perspective. From her research expertise, I not only learned the nuts and bolts of building a research career but also to stay focused on the areas that I am most passionate about. Most importantly, I have had the opportunity to directly benefit and observe from Dr. Eisen's endless examples of successfully balancing a personally fulfilling career with an ideal family life.
It has also been interesting to witness Dr. Eisen's career develop during the past few years as she accepted additional administrative responsibilities for the Dean's office and the Residency training program. I have personally witnessed Dr. Eisen transition from a paper/pencil calendar user to her almost 'obsessive' addiction to her Blackberry. Even during her busiest times (which are literally packed with appointments from sunrise to sundown), Dr. Eisen always made time to listen and attend to ongoing issues. With her guidance, I have learned how to identify obstacles and to effectively communicate my needs in order to solve problems and keep a project moving forward. I continue to be amazed at how just a few minutes with Dr. Eisen on the telephone or in the hallway can help me to gain a completely different perspective on an issue and generate potential solutions."
Dr. Guthrie stated "I can think of no one more deserving of the National Center of Excellence Outstanding Faculty Mentor Recognition Award than Dr. Jane Eisen. I have known Dr. Eisen since the beginning of my career as a Psychiatrist. As the then Associate Training Director of the Brown Psychiatry residency program, she was a tireless champion for Residency education. Now that I am a mid-career Psychiatrist, Dr. Eisen has the same fervor to encourage the professional development of all those around her, regardless of their level of training.
Her commitment is not just to the resident, the Department of Psychiatry, the junior faculty member, but to the Brown community at large—a role she took on as the Associate Dean of Faculty affairs at Brown. Dr. Eisen is an expert at navigating the complex waters of administration in a very difficult financial time, to protect and promote the needs of the Psychiatry residents in her current role as Training Director of a multi-site residency.
She has an uncanny ability to identify talent in others and encourage, advocate for and promote them in a selfless manner so that they may progress in administration, research, clinical care or teaching. Dr. Eisen provides mentorship to countless current and recently graduated residents, researchers, educators and clinicians on a daily basis. She does this with enviable style and grace. She is in all senses of the word a mentor."
Dr. Eisen will be recognized and presented with a plaque at the Center of Excellence Networking event to be held on November 18, 2009 from 5:30 – 7:00 at the Brown Faculty Club.
Melissa Clark, PhD
Congratulations to Melissa Clark, PhD, Associate Professor of Community Health and Obstetrics & Gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, this quarter's Outstanding Faculty Mentor. Kristen Matteson, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Vivian Sung, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology submitted outstanding letters in support of her nomination highlighting the qualities that make Dr. Clark deserving of this recognition. Dr. Matteson wrote, "Dr. Clark's generosity with her time, her ability to foster the development of new ideas, and her genuine commitment to the success of her mentees make her a phenomenal mentor who is overwhelmingly deserving of this award
Dr. Clark's ability to foster the development of new ideas and to cultivate the process of turning those ideas into projects and grant submissions makes her a uniquely talented mentor. She provides consistent, direct and constructive feedback without being discouraging of ideas. Dr. Clark helps mentees critically evaluate their own work while at the same time improving their confidence in their own research ideas. Although identifying my own research agenda was very challenging, under the guidance of Dr. Clark the final product was a grant submission that genuinely reflected my interests and ideas. I am very proud of the work that we did together and I credit her skillful support (and her endless editing) for my success in obtaining a Career Development Award. Dr. Clark is exceptionally committed to advancing my career and the careers of many other clinician-researchers
An outstanding mentor, Dr. Clark dedicates time and energy to recognize the strengths and needs of her mentees. Her unique ability to balance feedback and encouragement, fosters critical thinking and promotes the development of original research ideas that reflect her mentees' interests. I consider myself very fortunate that we were assigned to one another when I arrived at the Brown University campus four and a half years ago. Working with Dr. Clark has been invaluable to me and my development as a faculty member and a clinician-researcher.
Dr. Sung stated Dr. Clark was initially assigned as my advisor for the Public Health Program at Brown and has since provided research and career mentorship to me for over 5 years! She is always accessible, committed to her mentees, and is a strong advocate for our success. I cannot even describe how instrumental she has been for my own career development as a physician researcher.
Dr. Clark has extensive experience in mentoring trainees at the Masters and Doctoral levels as well as postdoctoral and junior faculty members. As a mentor, Dr. Clark provides the perfect balance of guidance and autonomy that allows me to develop my own research ideas without feeling lost. She is willing to read endless manuscripts and grant applications and always provides thoughtful comments and insightful critiques within a few days…..Her dedication and commitment are a rare find, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have her as a mentor. Dr. Clark is a wonderful role model and mentor, and has made research an exciting endeavor and journey for me thus far. I believe she is an idea candidate for this award.
Dr. Clark will be recognized and presented with a plaque at a Center of Excellence networking event to be held in the Fall of 2009.
Bess Marcus, PhD
Congratulations to Bess Marcus, PhD, Professor of Professor of Community Health and Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and Director of the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University, this quarter's Outstanding Faculty Mentor. David M. Williams, PhD, Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior submitted an outstanding letter in support of her nomination highlighting the qualities that make Dr. Marcus deserving of this recognition.
Dr. Williams wrote,"For the past five years, Dr. Marcus has been my mentor as part of my clinical internship, research fellowship and as part of the BIRCWH faculty training program. I have met with Dr. Marcus regularly - at least once per week in person, as well as daily e-mail exchanges, and numerous phone calls. Despite her involvement in numerous projects, Dr. Marcus makes time for me and is willing to discuss any issues that may arise, including questions about research, clinical issues, logistical problems, or philosophical debates. Dr. Marcus never makes me feel as though her time is more precious than mine is and is always open to extending meetings with me if necessary or rescheduling meetings if either her or I have a conflict.
As with many of the faculty at Brown, Dr. Marcus has numerous publications and grant-funded projects and is internationally known in her field. She uses her notability to create opportunities for her student." "….She thinks about how best to advance my career in ways that fit with my interests and goals. Her commitment to my success is reflected in her encouragement for me to pursue my own ideas and to submit manuscripts without her as an author, so as to establish independence in the field.
In addition to her professional guidance, Dr. Marcus also consistently reminds me that it is important o keep a balance between work and personal life. I would recommend Dr. Marcus as a mentor to any incoming trainees and I hope that she will continue as my mentor for many years to come."
Susan Cu-Uvin, MD
Congratulations to Susan Cu-Uvin, MD, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Medicine at The Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University, this quarter's Outstanding Faculty Mentor. Brenna Anderson, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and E. Milu Kojic, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine submitted outstanding letters in support of her nomination highlighting the qualities that make Dr. Cu-Uvin deserving of this recognition. Dr. Anderson wrote, "When I came to Brown two years ago from Pittsburgh, I knew Susan's name from her well-established work in HIV and the genital tract. Although she is located at the Miriam Hospital and I am at Women & Infant's, she immediately took me under her wing. She never questioned whether she would logistically be able to function as my mentor. She is an absolutely tireless physician committed to advancing research and women's health. Since I have been at Brown, every success that I have had has been guided by her mentorship. She has provided me with opportunities for publication by being involved in her research.
Susan takes mentoring very seriously and clearly measures her own accomplishment based on the success of her mentees. She not only encourages career development but also acknowledges the incredible strain that academic life puts on individuals. She allows me to not lose sight of "the big picture" and to do what I love. I cannot express how grateful I am to Susan for providing me with the opportunities that she has provided me with thus far in my career. I have no doubt that any future success that I have will be due to her unrelenting support."
Dr. Kojic stated "Dr. Cu-Uvin's work ethics reflect everything a true mentor should be. She is an excellent clinician and teacher, always available to answer questions with her door open at all times despite a busy schedule. Despite her own busy career as a clinician, researcher, clinic director and academician, she has always focused on mentoring many junior faculty members with amazing determination. Personally, I would not have pursued the career that I currently have without the mentorship of Dr. Cu-Uvin. She has made academic medicine interesting and challenging work and an exciting career."
Agnes B. Kane, MD, PhD
Congratulations to Agnes B. Kane, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at The Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University, this quarter's Outstanding Faculty Mentor. Mary Hixon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine submitted an outstanding letter in support of her nomination highlighting the qualities that make Dr. Kane deserving of this recognition. Dr. Hixon wrote, "Dr. Kane has been a constant source of inspiration and support in the development of my own career. She definitely understands what it means to be a mentor and a role model to women in science. She tirelessly finds opportunities for junior faculty in our department to be recognized and on more than one occasion she has defended junior faculty when she believes they need an 'extra voice' in order to be heard. She has provided advice on more than one occasion when it was needed and her door is always open.
Dr. Kane is not only a role model for her exceptional research record, but also she is one of the most amazing teachers I have ever known. I cannot count the times students and colleagues (including myself) have come out of one of her lectures or seminars with enthusiasm to start studying environmental health issues right away in order to make the world a safer place for human health.
In all honesty, I don't know how Dr. Kane manages the many different hats she wears from day to day as a mentor, scholar, researcher, and chair of a department; but I do know that she carries it off with a grace and strength that we would all benefit from practicing in our own lives."
Susan Allen, PhD
Congratulations to Susan Allen, PhD, Associate Professor of Medical Science, Department of Community Health, Associate Director, Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, and Deputy Director, Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University, this quarter's Outstanding Faculty Mentor. Christine Duffy, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine submitted an outstanding letter in support of her nomination highlighting the qualities that make Dr. Allen deserving of this recognition. Dr. Duffy wrote, "Dr. Allen has many outstanding qualities as a mentor, but one that I think is especially important is her dedication to research that seeks to improve the lives of those who are in need. This has been evident in her varied research interests which range from understanding the needs of the disabled, to helping young women with cancer through diagnosis and treatment. …Dr. Allen's generosity with her time also sets her apart from other mentors. She makes the time in her incredibly busy schedule of teaching, administrative work and research to provide the necessary guidance, support and one-to-one mentoring that is so essential for a mentee to thrive in an academic setting. Always enthusiastic about new ideas and research, her energy is infectious! She is someone who can think outside the box to create innovate research projects to address pressing clinical questions. When designing a research plan to help address an important research question, she does not think "this cannot be done" but rather "how can this be done?"
Finally, Dr. Allen is simply a wonderful person to work with as a mentor. She is funny, engaging, giving of praise and encouragement, but providing the push as well when needed. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to benefit from her exceptional mentoring.
Terrie Fox Wetle, PhD
Congratulations to Terrie Fox Wetle, PhD, Associate Dean of Medicine for Public Health and Public Policy, and Professor of Community Health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, this quarter's recipient of the National Center of Excellence Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. The nomination letter submitted by Jennifer Clark, MD, MPH, highlights the qualities that make Dr. Wetle deserving of this recognition. See letter below:
It is with great pride, pleasure and enthusiasm that I write a letter of support for the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Recognition Award for Dr. Terrie Wetle. Dr. Wetle's influence, and mentoring have been astoundingly helpful in my professional and personal development. She has all of the qualities that make up an outstanding mentor. She is incredibly encouraging in the professional development of others and has a remarkable talent for being direct, compassionate and encouraging. Her guidance has been invaluable. Fox has guided me in my own career development plan through recognition of my areas of aptitude in academic medicine and providing me with support and experiences to cultivate them. As any excellent mentor should, she also has helped me to navigate through many potential academic paths and steered me away from those opportunities that would not suite my talents or career development needs.
Fox is always fully present in listening to problem and providing advice. On a personal note, when I was considering not completing the MPH program her straight talk and ability to problem solve and find a realistic solution enabled me to make the most of my efforts and graduate the next year.
Beyond her passion for purple, Fox has a joie de vivre that is obvious to anyone who meets her. She has a joyful no nonsense attitude that has allowed her to thrive as an outstanding female role model in a male dominated profession. Her recognition of the role of gender in career development has been instrumental in guiding me through the complex professional environment of hospitals at Brown. She takes obvious great pleasure in the academic accomplishments of those she mentors and strives to further our success. She has an extraordinary ability to simultaneously show strength and kindness. She truly is everything I look for in a mentor and is someone I will continue to aspire to emulate.
Gregory Stuart, PhD
Congratulations to Gregory Stuart, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, this quarter's recipient of the National Center of Excellence Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. Six outstanding letters in support of his nomination were received that highlight the qualities that make Dr. Stuart deserving of this recognition. Excerpts from each letter are listed below.
"Dr. Stuart understands what it means to be a mentor. I have had mentors in the past that were productive and highly invested in my career but lacked interpersonal skills. I have also had mentors with whom I have had a great relationship, but were inefficient researchers. Dr. Stuart, in contrast, has all of the qualities that make up an outstanding mentor. There is no one I would rather model my future career after than Dr. Stuart. If I am half the researcher and mentor he is, I will be elated and effective. In short, Dr. Stuart is the most extraordinary mentor I have even had the pleasure to know, and I cannot fathom that there is anyone more deserving of this prestigious award."
Jeff Temple, PhD
Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
"It is without reservation and with overwhelming enthusiasm that I nominate Dr. Stuart for this award. He has truly given me the tools to succeed in the field of psychology and has certainly surpassed even my greatest hopes for what a mentor could ever be. The beginning of my career in psychology has been significantly shaped by Dr. Stuart's influence, and his mentoring has been astoundingly helpful in my professional and personal development."
Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
"Dr. Stuart is one of the kindest, most compassionate, and generous people I have even had the good fortune to meet. He is patient, open-minded, and gives everyone the benefit of the doubt. It is clear from walking around the hospital with him that his colleagues all share this high opinion. I have learned a lot from him as a person, which I feel is equally as important as the professional knowledge that I have gained while working with him."
Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
"I have worked with at least 15 clinical/research supervisors in the past decade, and I intend for this letter to convey my strong conviction that he is simply the finest mentor I have even known! …It should be noted that working with Greg means working with a wonderfully caring person who is genuinely invested in helping others achieve their goals. Greg has spent an inordinate amount of time helping me to establish an independent program of research. He has been outstanding in helping me to generate theoretical and empirical projects aiming to examine the link between illicit substance use and partner violence. …I believe that Greg is an exceptionally gifted and dedicated individual with a zest for mentoring. He relates extremely well to others and is very well liked by everyone! Greg is kind and respectful, and I am honored to call him my colleague and friend."
Todd Moore, PhD
University of Tennessee, Department of Psychology
"In all of my interactions with Dr. Stuart, I have found him to be warm, personable, incredibly intelligent, and dedicated to his work. Most importantly, however, his support and willingness to mentor others is striking, and goes far beyond what I expected from any collaborator on my study. His dedication is particularly salient in light of the fact that I am not his graduate student, and had not corresponded with him before our current professional association. In sum, his guidance has been indispensable, and he has provided it on a completely voluntary basis."
Anita Jose, MA
Stony Brook University, Department of Psychology
"I have never had a mentor as enthusiastic as Greg. He encouraged by independent research ideas wholeheartedly and facilitated my work as much as possible as my mentor. In fact, we have an article just out in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships stemming from my work with him."
Farrah Hughes, PhD
Francis Marion University, Department of Psychology
Michele G. Cyr, MD
Congratulations to Michele G. Cyr, MD, Associate Dean of Women in Medicine and Professor of Medicine for the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University as well as the Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital, this quarter's recipient of the National Center of Excellence Outstanding Mentor Award. Drs. Kelly McGarry, Michael Maher and Jennifer Jeremiah submitted nomination letters highlighting the qualities that make Dr. Cyr deserving of this recognition. The nominations are printed in their entirety below.
It is with great pleasure that I write a letter of support for the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Recognition Award for Dr. Michele Cyr. I can think of no one more deserving of this award. I first met Shelley while interviewing for residency 15 years ago and have been fortunate to have her as a mentor, colleague and friend and to have her support and guidance in both my academic and personal triumphs and difficulties. Shelley has been a mentor to hundreds of students, residents and junior faculty. I will highlight the ways in which she has supported me during my time at Brown.
Shelley has been the guiding force in my academic progress at Brown. She gives 110% to all of her pursuits in life, including the time and commitment that she gives to her mentees. Whenever I have needed her advice, she has been extraordinarily generous with her time. She will give her undivided attention even under circumstances when she has a lot of her own concerns and stressors. She is never dismissive and always welcoming and receptive. She is honest, balanced, and fair. She consistently demonstrates that she cares about me as a human being as well as a teacher/scholar. Using her innate creativity, she will help a person problem solve until there is an acceptable solution. I know I'm not alone when I say you just feel better after you've talked with Shelley. She meets with me regularly and enthusiastically to keep me on track academically and, possibly even more importantly, to make certain I am truly happy and fulfilled in my current role. To me, she is unique among mentors - she cares that I experience true job satisfaction. Shelley has a remarkably generative spirit - most of my academic opportunities have emanated from Shelley's generosity and thoughtfulness.
In addition to providing me with guidance and advice, I have perhaps learned the most from Shelley by witnessing her own diverse array of talents and skills and the passion she puts into everything she pursues both in her career and in her life outside of medicine. She is a superb role model. She does so many things so well despite serving in multiple roles. She is truly a national leader in the women's health movement. Shelley has served on national committees addressing women's health issues and has presented women's health topics at numerous national meetings; has written over 60 peer-reviewed articles, reviews and chapters on women's health topics and has also volunteered her time to talk to many groups of women in the community about a variety of health issues. Shelley manages to get more things accomplished in one day than anyone can imagine.
I hope I've made it clear that Shelley is one of the people I admire most - she is an extraordinary human being, both in how she guides her mentees and how she leads her own life. It is with great pride that I submit this letter of support for Dr. Michele Cyr.
Kelly McGarry, MD
Division of General Internal Medicine
Rhode Island Hospital
When I began my primary care residency at Rhode Island hospital in 1989, I was uncertain how I would use my training. Dr. Michele Cyr was a true inspiration and guide to me. I had never heard the term clinician educator, yet with her example, guidance and support, that is the career track I pursued. I was so impressed to see a woman with such intelligence, poise and energy become a leader in a field still dominated by men. I was amazed by her ability to translate information in an engaging manner. Learning was enjoyable and stimulating. She inspired us to become self directed learners.
Dr. Cyr is a physician who seems to "know it all". She guides us in caring for any patient with any problem. She also shares her keen knowledge from her research in alcoholism and women's health. Her skills, early on, piqued my interest in teaching. I am ever grateful for the example and support she has given me. Sensing my goals to become a better clinician educator, she recommended me for a one-month training course in clinical teaching at Stanford University. She knew this training would allow me to become more involved in residency education and help pursue my long-term goals. Without Dr. Cyr's encouragement, example and guidance I would not be where I am today. She has truly been the ultimate mentor.
Jennifer Jeremiah, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine Brown University
I have had the pleasure of working with Dr Michele Cyr closely over the past sixteen years. I initially met Dr Cyr when I was a new intern in the Internal Medicine Residency program at Rhode Island Hospital. Currently, She is one of my "bosses" in my role as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital.
Since I met her, Dr Cyr has been an inspiration. She embodies every quality that makes a physician great. She is a passionate and compassionate care provider who provides outstanding patient care. She is a great educator, inspiring generations of students and residents to strive for excellence in their academic and clinical endeavors. She administers a nationally ranked residency training program and performs widely respected clinical research. And she does all of this with a humility and grace that is truly awe inspiring.
On a personal note, I have always encountered kindness, patience, support and guidance in my dealings with Dr Cyr. Her advice and support have been invaluable to me during my career in academic medicine. In fact I can state with all honesty that I would not be where I am today without having had her support and guidance. She truly is everything I look for in a mentor and is someone I will continue to aspire to emulate.
Michael J Maher, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University School of Medicine
Alicia Monroe, MD
Congratulations to Alicia Monroe, MD, Professor of Family Medicine and Associate Dean of Minority Affairs at Brown Medical School, and Attending Physician at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, this quarter's recipient of the National Center of Excellence Outstanding Mentor Award. The nomination letter submitted by Dr. AnnGene Guistozzi, MD, MPH, Faculty Leadership Development Fellow and Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine highlights the qualities that make Dr. Monroe deserving of this recognition. In her nomination letter she writes, "I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Monroe for the past five years, first as a resident in the Department of Family Medicine (during which time she was my faculty advisor) and then directly under her guidance as a fellow in the department's Faculty Leadership Development fellowship. The Faculty Leadership Development fellowship was originally conceived by Dr. Monroe to cultivate future leaders in Family Medicine with an emphasis on quality improvement in healthcare for vulnerable populations. While not intended to be a fellowship specifically for women, to date, the first two groups of fellows have been female physicians at various stages in their careers. From this unexpected situation the opportunity was available to address challenges faced by women physicians and leaders. Dr. Monroe cultivated this concept by linking the fellows to activities sponsored by the Office of Women in Medicine at Brown and by creating a forum for fellows to openly and honestly discuss issues pertinent to their experiences.
In addition, Dr. Monroe has readily made herself available to the fellows for dedicated as well as unscheduled 1:1 mentoring. These sessions are generally structured to the fellow's needs and have focused upon everything from project development to conflict resolution and problem solving to career building. She has continuously created an atmosphere for frank, open discussion while providing support and advocacy for her mentees. In my personal experience, Dr. Monroe has guided me in my own career development plan through recognition of my areas of aptitude in academic medicine and providing me with support and experiences to cultivate them. As any excellent mentor should, she also has helped me to navigate through many potential academic paths and gently steer me away from those opportunities I was not suited for as well as those that would not suite my talents or career development needs.
Dr. Monroe has given freely of herself for the development of this fellowship and I feel she is deserving of such recognition for her work.
The Center of Excellence congratulates Alicia Monroe for her outstanding commitment and dedication to mentoring. Dr. Monroe will be recognized and presented with a plaque at the next CoE Networking event to be held in late Spring of 2007.
Patricia Recupero, JD, MD
Congratulations to Patricia Recupero, JD, MD, this quarter's recipient of the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. Dr. Recupero is president and CEO of Butler Hospital, executive vice president for behavioral health services of Care New England and clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown Medical School.
The nomination was submitted by Melinda J. Morin, MD, Pediatric Intensivist and Patient Safety Officer at Hasbro Children's Hospital. In her letter she states: "After nine busy years as a pediatric intensivist and basic science researcher, I made a career switch which could better merge my clinical and research activities. I accepted the role of Patient Safety Officer at Hasbro Children's Hospital, but soon discovered that I was sorely lacking in basic concepts of hospital administration, leadership and negotiation skills. A mutual friend, who knew of Pat's similar mid-career change, introduced me to Pat. Formerly trained in law, she practiced law for several years before attending Brown Medical School, completing her residency in psychiatry. Her more recent interests include hospital administration and currently she is the President and CEO of Butler Hospital.
Pat has been extremely helpful as a glowing example of individual growth. Her career successes are individually inspiring, but particularly when viewed as a model of career development as her interests and priorities changed. She is encouraging, but also constructively critical. She attempts to highlight the myriad of landmines hidden in career choices and is unwavering in her personal support. Her recognition of the role of gender in career development has been instrumental in guiding me through the complex professional environment of the hospital.
Appreciating the dearth of good mentors and their importance, Pat has successfully mentored many female faculty members within the Brown University system. Her experience and wisdom have been indispensable to the success of many of us."
The Center of Excellence congratulates Patricia Recupero for her outstanding commitment and dedication to mentoring. She will be presented with a plaque and recognized at the CoE Networking event to be held on October 30, 2006 at the Brown Faculty Club.
Karen Rosene-Montella, MD
Congratulations to Karen Rosene-Montella, MD, Professor of Medicine at Brown Medical School and Women & Infants Hospital Department of Internal Medicine & Consultation, this quarter's recipient of the National Center of Excellence Outstanding Mentor Award. The nomination letter submitted by members of the Division of Obstetric and Consultative Medicine: Raymond Powrie, MD, Associate Professor; Margaret Miller, MD, Assistant Professor; Ghada Bourjeily, MD, Assistant Professor; Lucia Larson, MD, Associate Professor; Niharika Mehta, MD, Assistant Professor (clinical); and Iris Tong, MD, Assistant Professor (clinical) highlights the qualities that make Dr. Rosene-Montella deserving of this recognition. Their nomination letter states, "Since coming to the Brown University community in 1989, she has served as an invaluable mentor to over 14 fellows and all of us as her fulltime faculty, 90% have been women. She has inspired, trained and continues to further the careers of a whole new generation of educators, clinicians, and researchers in the field of obstetric and consultative medicine who are scattered throughout the world now from Perth Australia to Auckland New Zealand, to Calgary, Canada to New Brunswick, New Jersey. How does she accomplish this? She maintains a flagless zeal for helping further the career goals of everyone who works for her. She takes obvious great pleasure in our academic accomplishments and strives to further our success. She has a way of making each of those who work in her department feel as though they are important not only to the department but they are important also to her. She makes herself available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year to help in administrative, clinical, academic, political, organizational, and procedural concerns and crises that come up for those of us in her department. No matter what else is going on, Dr. Rosene-Montella always seems willing to take a call to provide support or counsel or just to let us 'vent'! She works hard to help each of us navigate safely and successfully through the professional environment in which we work and to be the best clinicians, teachers and people that we can be. She is also very generative -- steering certain opportunities our way and promoting our career advancement."
The Center of Excellence congratulates Karen Rosene-Montella for her outstanding commitment and dedication to the many fellows and physicians she has mentored. Dr. Rosene-Montella will be presented with a plaque and will also be recognized at a Center of Excellence networking event to be held at the Brown Faculty Club this coming Fall.
Lori Boardman, MD, ScM
Congratulations to Lori Boardman, MD, ScM, Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Brown Medical School, Attending Physician and Director of both the Vulvar and Colposcopy Clinics at the Women & Infants Hospital Women's Primary Care Center as well as Co-Director of the Center of Excellence Clinical Care Component, this quarter's recipient of the National Center of Excellence Outstanding Mentor Award. The nomination letter submitted by Dr. Tania Day, a third year OB/GYN resident at Women & Infants Hospital, highlights the qualities that make Dr. Boardman deserving of this recognition. In her nomination letter she writes, "I am one of many Ob/Gyn residents she has tirelessly mentored during her tenure as a member of the academic faculty at Women and Infants Hospital. Her mentorship philosophy is one of positivity and encouragement: she believes you can achieve something even when you can't imagine it possible, and she helps you to understand how to make it happen."
Dr. Day further states that "I can also attribute to Dr. Boardman a large part of my positive emotional experience of being an Ob/Gyn. The joy of accomplishment in the realm of research is a wonderful counterbalance to the day-to-day frustrations of residency. More importantly perhaps, she is a model for how one can achieve balance between work, family, and outside interests. For the residents she inspires, it is just as important to know we can achieve our life and relationship goals as it is to achieve our career goals. Undoubtedly she is so successful as a mentor because she personifies that one can nurture one's family, career, and junior colleagues while not sacrificing one's own sanity." The Center of Excellence congratulates Lori Boardman for her outstanding commitment and dedication to residents and junior faculty.
Dr. Boardman will be presented with a plaque and will also be recognized along with past Outstanding Mentors at a Center of Excellence networking event to be held on April 25, 2006, at the Brown Faculty Club.
Sharon I. Rounds, MD
Congratulations to Sharon Rounds, MD, Dean of Medicine (Faculty Affairs), Professor of Medicine and of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Associate Chief, Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine--Providence VA Medical Center, this quarter's recipient of the National Center of Excellence Outstanding Mentor Award. The nomination letter submitted by Dr. Elizabeth Harrington, Associate Professor of Medicine, reflects the qualities that make Dr. Rounds' an outstanding mentor. In her nomination letter she writes, "Dr. Rounds has served as a mentor for more than 30 individuals in both clinical and basic research capacities since 1979. As a committed mentor, Dr. Rounds has devoted unlimited amounts of her time teaching, critiquing, advising, and assisting in the development of the professional talents of these individuals contributing to their clinical, research, and teaching expertise."
Dr. Harrington further states that "Dr. Rounds' selfless approach to mentoring and respect of her mentees is demonstrated by her ability to often transition from the role as a mentor to that of colleague in continued, long-term relationships with these individuals. In my opinion, Dr. Rounds is a proven outstanding mentor of faculty, students, and fellows and is very deserving of this award." The Center of Excellence applauds Sharon Rounds' outstanding dedication to mentorship over past 25 years.
Dr. Rounds will be presented with a plaque and will also be recognized along with future Outstanding Mentors at a Center of Excellence networking event to be held in the summer/fall of 2006.
Angela Anderson, MD
Congratulations to Angela Anderson, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Attending Physician in the Hasbro Children's Hospital Emergency Department, the first recipient of the National Center of Excellence Outstanding Mentor Award. The nomination letter submitted by Dr. Deirdre Fearon, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, shows how Dr. Anderson exemplifies what it is to be an outstanding mentor. Dr. Anderson"has mentored many, if not all, who have come through. She provides mentorship to residents in both pediatric and emergency medicine programs while they are in residency and beyond. And medical students pursuing careers in Pediatrics and/or Emergency Medicine seek her out as a well for her wisdom, caring, and commitment to helping others advance their careers."
In addition to being a mentor on a professional level, Dr. Anderson "is also a mentor to 2 teens, now young adults, at risk. One is a young deaf woman sent from Africa by her family to get a good education. Dr. Anderson learned to sign and has provided this young woman with guidance and support as she negotiated high school, college and the beginning of her career. The other is a recent high school graduate who was adopted from Central America and then given back up for adoption as a teen here in RI. Dr. Anderson is on the board of directors of The Met School where she first heard of this young man. Within moments of their meeting, she became his advocate and mentor."
The Center of Excellence applauds Angela Anderson's outstanding dedication to mentorship over the years. As was noted in Dr. Fearon's nomination letter "I, quite literally, would not be where I am professionally without Dr. Anderson as my mentor – she has enriched my career in innumerable ways. I am extraordinarily lucky to have wandered into the ER that day back in 1995. There is no mentor more outstanding."
Dr. Anderson will be presented with a plaque and will also be recognized along with future Outstanding Mentors at a Center of Excellence networking event to be held in the summer/fall of 2006.