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Faculty Mentors Honored for Dedication and Positive Influence

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson is proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 College of Medicine Faculty Mentoring Awards. Congratulations to:

Mihra Taljanovic, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Medical Imaging
One of her nominees said, “She continues to encourage me to be the best physician possible while showing me the importance of becoming the best person possible.”

Jil Tardiff, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine
One of her nominees said, “Dr. Tardiff has been an unwavering mentor for my career since it started in the early 1990s.”

Nathan Ellis, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
One of his nominees said, “In the end, Dr. Nathan Ellis has kept me from failing many times, and has contributed to each of my successes.”

Jarrod Mosier, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
One of his nominees said, “Without his guidance I would not have achieved a fraction of what I have.”

Frank Porreca, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacology
One of his nominees said, “His passion for science was infectious and his enthusiasm was inspiring.”

Sydney Rice, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
One of her nominees said, “Closely learning about and observing Dr. Rice’s mentoring and leadership style is one of the most honorable opportunities that I experienced.”

Receiving Honorable Mention:

  • William Adamas-Rappaport, MD, Professor, Department of Surgery
  • Sridkar Adhikari, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Richard Amini, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Conrad Clemens, MD, MPH, Professor, Department of Pediatrics
  • Sam Keim, MD, Professor & Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Kent Kwoh, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Diego Martin, MD, PhD, Professor & Chair, Department of Medical Imaging
  • Ronald Pust, MD, Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine
  • Kathy Smith, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Nominations for these awards are submitted to the Dean’s Council on Faculty Affairs, who reviews the applications and identifies the top candidates based on how they have contributed to a mentee’s success, fostered development and created opportunities.

The College places a high value on faculty development and professional success and provides many mentoring opportunities and resources. Additionally, each department within the College of Medicine – Tucson has its own mentoring program to complement College programs such as the Faculty Fellows Mentoring Program, which is designed to increase engagement, retention and promotion of diverse faculty members.