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Arshad selected to receive Strong Start Award

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Mehreen Arshad

Seven School of Medicine faculty members, including Mehreen Arshad, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases, have been selected to receive inaugural Physician-Scientist “Strong Start” awards. The School of Medicine created the awards program in 2016, funded with a gift from the Duke Endowment, to support promising, new physician-scientists at Duke as they develop independent research programs. Each recipient will receive $70,000 over one year.

“The career path for physician-scientists can be very challenging, requiring years of both clinical and scientific training,” said Andrew Alspaugh, MD, professor of medicine and molecular genetics and microbiology, and director of the Strong Start awards program “The goal of this awards program is to provide mentoring and financial resources to support these young faculty members.”

“Physician-scientists have a unique and critical role at the interface between science and medicine, and their careers need a different kind of nurturing,” said Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, dean, Duke University School of Medicine. “I appreciate all of hard work that Dr. Alspaugh and his colleagues have put into this program and am thrilled for our very talented award recipients.”

The program is designed to integrate with other Duke initiatives that train physician-scientists including the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD students) and the Lefkowitz Society (clinical residents and fellows).

The next call for submissions will be in spring 2018.

2017 Strong Start Award Recipients

Mehreen Arshad, MBBS,
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

 

 

Phuong Doan, MD,
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

 

 

Katherine Garman, MD,
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

 

 

Christopher Holley, MD, PhD,
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

 

 

Ravi Karra, MD,
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

 

 

Amanda MacLeod, MD,
Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology

 

 

Jonathan Riboh, MD,
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery