Valerie Opipari Endowed Lectureship

The Valerie P. Opipari, M.D. Endowed Lectureship was established in honor of Dr. Valerie Opipari’s leadership and contributions to the Department of Pediatrics during her tenure as Chair (2003-2018), her work to develop and advance the department’s research programs, and her commitment to support and promote faculty and trainees in their academic and research careers.  The annual lectureship brings leading physician scientists to Michigan Medicine to share innovations in pediatric and children’s health research and to inspire, mentor, and support the next generation.

The Valerie P. Opipari, M.D. Endowed Lectureship invites a leader in Pediatric/Children's Health Research to give a lecture at the annual Pediatric Research Symposium. The purpose of the Symposium is to support and promote research in the Department of Pediatrics. The visiting scholar may also participate in meetings and mentoring panels with residents, fellows and junior faculty to discuss pathways and issues of a career in academic research.

The Valerie P. Opipari, M.D. Endowed Lectureship is a special highlight of the annual Pediatric Research Symposium.

The 2022 Opipari Lecture was presented (virtually) at Grand Rounds on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.  

  •  "Preparing for the next 50 years after the time of COVID"

Leslie R. Walker-Harding, MD, FAAP, FSAHM Ford/Morgan Endowed Professor
Chair Department of Pediatrics/Associate Dean, University of Washington
Chief Academic Officer/Senior Vice President, Seattle Children's Hospital

(presentation viewable on the Pediatrics MiVideo platform)

 The 2021 Opipari Endowed Lectureship took place on Tuesday, May 7 virtually at 8:00 am Grand Rounds, featuring Linda McAllister-Lucas, M.D., Ph.D. of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC: "Chasing the MALT1 proto-oncoprotein: perspectives on a career in pediatric research". 

The inaugural 2019 Opipari Endowed Lectureship took place on Monday, May 13 at 4:00pm in the Dow Auditorium, Towsley Center, Michigan Medicine.

2019 Inaugural Opipari Endowed Lectureship-Polk

D. Brent Polk, MD, AGAF
Keck School of Medicine, USC
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

"Cytokine signaling restrains inflammatory bowel disease development: the bright side of cytokine signaling"



Valerie Opipari, M.D.

Valerie P. Opipari, M.D.

Ravitz Foundation Endowed Professor of Pediatrics