August 14, 2017

Dr. Vanessa Dalton Receives MICHR Mentor Award

Vanessa Dalton, MD MPH has been awarded the 2017 MICHR Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award!

The MICHR Mentor Award recognizes the value of mentoring to the University of Michigan in assisting early career investigators to reach across disciplinary boundaries in pursuit of science. It also recognizes the important role mentoring plays in ensuring the personal and professional development of a mentee. This award is part of MICHR’s continuing efforts to foster a culture of mentoring, especially in the area of clinical and health research.

Nominees of this award must be faculty who have a sustained track record at the University of Michigan of successfully mentoring students, fellows and/or early career faculty. Dr. Dalton exceeds this criteria – mentoring several students that have now grown into more mature roles.

Dr. Michelle Moniz, Assistant Professor of OBGYN at UM shared, “Dr. Dalton’s mentorship has been invaluable in helping me craft a cohesive research agenda and trajectory of work, culminating in my K08 Career Development Award submission to AHRQ this winter, which was scored competitively. Dr. Dalton has mentored me in submitting multiple foundation grants and seeking philanthropic support for my work. She has also mentored me in publishing multiple peer reviewed manuscripts in high-impact journals to disseminate our work.”

Dr. Sarah Wallett, now a Medical Director in the greater Memphis region shared, “Since first working together when I began my residency at the University of Michigan, I have always admired her kindness, caring, and patience with colleagues, students, and patients alike.   During my residency, she provided research support not only to myself but many of my classmates, giving us the guidance we needed to succeed at completing our resident research projects.”

“Dr. Dalton consistently provides a stellar example of how to introduce trainees” shared Moniz, “Including undergraduate, medical, graduate and post-graduate learners from a variety of disciplines, to scientific inquiry in a way that both sparks their excitement and maximizes their academic productivity.”

“Dr. Dalton’s mentorship led me to the career path I am now seeking as a physician-scientist,” shared Dr. Lindsay Admon, VA Scholar with University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare and Policy Innovation and Clinical Lecturer in UM OBGYN. She continues, “I am incredibly grateful to her for her availability and support. She is an excellent role model and the type of leader that I hope to be someday.”

Dr. Dalton is very deserving of this outstanding award! Help us in congratulating her!

To see other researchers that received this award, please visit the MICHR website.