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Impact in Education: Shelby Kutty, M.D., Ph.D.

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Shelby Kutty, M.D., Ph.D.

Shelby Kutty, M.D., Ph.D., is one of the recipients of the Office of Academic Affairs inaugural Impact in Education Awards.

Inspirational Mentor of Educators Award

This award recognizes an individual who has mentored and sponsored junior faculty or trainees at the local, regional, or national level including a consistent track record of fostering future educators.

  • Name: Shelby Kutty, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Title: Vice chair of pediatrics; associate professor of pediatrics, internal medicine and physiology; director of cardiac imaging and research
  • Joined UNMC: 2008
  • Hometown: Kochi, India

Tell us how mentors inspired you.
I have been fortunate to have several great mentors during my training and career thus far. Dr. Larry Latson, mentor during training at the Cleveland Clinic, emphasized meticulous execution of strong methodology, and urged me never to shy away from a difficult challenge.

Dr. Thomas Porter has been a wonderful mentor over the years at UNMC, influencing me with his innovation, adaptability and persistence. Dr. Porter taught me by example to develop learning networks and ongoing collaborations, thus facilitating continued professional growth.

I have learned from Dr. David Danford, mentor and close friend at UNMC, to remain passionate about one's mission, give due credit to everyone, and be objective in the interpretation and presentation of data. These individuals have inspired me tremendously, but I must also credit the influence of Drs. Tal Geva (Boston), Stephen Archer (Kingston, Canada), Stuart Berger and Peter Frommelt (Milwaukee), Jim Wilkinson (Melbourne, Australia), and Brian McCrindle (Toronto, Canada) during my training years and beyond.

Describe your proudest moment as an educator/mentor.
Each of my 35-plus trainees over the past nine years at UNMC have had unique needs and career paths, but I have enjoyed all of their successes. When my mentees are selected to medical schools, residencies, fellowships, complete their PhD programs, launch their own careers, and receive promotions -- all have been proud moments.

What advice would you give other faculty members who want to have an impact in education?
Faculty must understand that dedication to education and mentoring is key, and they must expect to invest much time, energy and resources in this process. They must not grow weary or lose heart because ultimately the return on investment is extremely high. Working with medical students, residents and fellows is a mutually rewarding experience, which promotes growth and invigorates all. Along with my trainees' development, I have been rewarded with personal intellectual growth and enhancement of my own skills.

Do you have a favorite quote or philosophy on teaching?
A Mahatma Gandhi quote is my favorite: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

Ceremony Feb. 10

The Impact in Education Awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Durham Research Center, Room 1002, with a reception to follow.

Honorees are:

Educator Laureate
David O'Dell, M.D., professor in the UNMC Department of Internal Medicine, Division of General Medicine, '84 UNMC alum

Innovative Practices in Education Award:
Paul Paulman, M.D., professor in the UNMC Department of Family Medicine and '77 UNMC alum

Inspirational Mentor of Educators Award:
Shelby Kutty, M.D., Ph.D., vice chair of pediatrics; associate professor of pediatrics, internal medicine and physiology; director of cardiac imaging and research

Interprofessional Education Scholar Award:
Devin Nickol, M.D., associate professor, UNMC Department of Internal Medicine, Division of General Medicine and '96 UNMC alum

Research in Education Scholar Award: Gary Beck Dallaghan, Ph.D., assistant dean for medical education and director, Office of Medical Education; assistant professor, UNMC Department of Pediatrics

Valor in Educational Service Award:
Alan T. Richards, M.D., associate professor, UNMC Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; adjunct associate professor, UNMC Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Visionary Leadership in Education Award:
Maurice Godfrey, Ph.D., professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute

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