Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Cardiothoracic and GVT Divisions
2013 DREAM Innovation Grant Recipient
Michael Manning, MD, PhD, is a firm believer in the power of mentorship and has had several mentoring relationships throughout his career. During his undergraduate years at the University of Kentucky, he had a budding interest in research, something that David Randall, PhD, professor of cardiac physiology, noticed early on. “He quickly brought me into his lab and started introducing me to research and research techniques . . . and he really became a father figure to me,” says Dr. Manning. Dr. Randall guided Dr. Manning to pursue his career in research by encouraging him to attend graduate school followed by medical school. While in residency, Dr. Manning’s residency director, Randall Schell, MD, served as both his role model and advisor. Dr. Schell completed his cardiothoracic anesthesia training at Duke, and encouraged Dr. Manning to explore his interest in cardiovascular research and anesthesia at this institution.
When Dr. Manning came to Duke for his clinical fellowship, he was put under the mentorship of two key faculty. At the time, Mihai Podgoreanu, MD, served as a basic research scientist and anesthesiologist in the Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Division in which he now serves as chief. A well-known expert in the angiotensin function in the kidney, at that time Tom Coffman, MD, was also serving as the chief of the Division of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine, and is now the James R. Clapp Professor of Medicine, a professor in cell biology, and a professor in immunology. “Together, this mentoring team is going to bring me forward in my career and allow me to really look at angiotensin and the interplay between the heart and the kidney, especially centered around cardiopulmonary bypass,” says Dr. Manning. In 2013, Dr. Manning was awarded a DREAM Innovation Grant for his project, titled “Cardiopulmonary Bypass Induced Inflammatory Changes in the Atrial Wall: The Novel Role for Cardiac Chymase produced Angiotensin II in the Development of Atrial Fibrillation.”
He advises new faculty to take the first step in the mentoring program and build on it. “Once [you] get comfortable with the program, look for other people outside and build on those mentorship relationships,” adds Dr. Manning.