Congratulations to David S. Warner, MD, who last week won the 2015 Research Mentoring Award for Translational Research. Dr. Warner began his work in mentoring even before he arrived at Duke over 21 years ago, and has positively impacted the careers and research directions of trainees and faculty ever since.
In his first year on faculty, he successfully competed for the first Duke Anesthesiology NIH T32 Training Grant. This T32 has been consistently funded ever since, and all but one trainee supported by these grants has remained in academic practice with substantial publication and extramural funding histories.
Dr. Warner has been our departmental Vice Chair for Research since 2001. One of his major responsibilities in this role is to assure that junior faculty members establish formal career development plans that provide aggressive, but realistic, timelines and milestones in a pathway to research independence. This formal mechanism of monitoring performance, including regular progress updates, has set a strong pattern for success in transitioning faculty to independent investigator status.
Dr. Warner also directs the Multidisciplinary Neuroprotection Laboratories. He has served as primary mentor to over 80 undergraduates and post-doctoral fellows in this role. Most of his mentees have remained in productive academic practice, and many have established themselves as independent researchers and/or progressed to leadership levels as division chiefs or departmental chairs. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the lab, a large number of his mentees represent disciplines outside of anesthesiology, including neurosurgery, neurology, neurocritical care, pediatric neurology, pediatric critical care, and neuroradiology.
The Research Mentoring Awards were created in 2009 to honor the outstanding research mentors in the Duke Schools of Medicine and Nursing. Winners of this award demonstrate excellence in numerous aspects of mentoring, including accomplishments of individual mentees, programs implemented by the mentor, or by exceptional creativity in mentoring.
Again, congratulations to Dr. Warner on this special recognition.