Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Faculty Mentor of the Year Award

2017 Winners

Rowland W. Chang, MD, MPH Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Division of Epidemiology Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Chang’s research focuses on outcomes of rehabilitation and orthopedic surgical treatments for patients with arthritis and the causes of functional limitation in clinical and community populations with arthritis. With his collaborator, Dorothy Dunlop, PhD, professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology and professor of Preventive Medicine, the two have developed and tested a physical activity program for patients with arthritis. Their work in this area has led to numerous grant awards and the opportunity to mentor young scientists interested in these fields. Chang earned his medical degree from Tufts University and his masters in public health from Harvard University. He joined Northwestern in 1982 and has held in many roles including founding director of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine, an institute that includes mentorship and supporting young scientists as part of its vision. Chang has published more than 100 papers and served as principal investigator on many National Institutes of Health grants.

Claus-Peter Richter, MD, PhD Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Professor of Biomedical Engineering Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Richter’s primary research interests are the development and improvement of cochlear implant electrodes and the micromechanics of the cochlea. He investigates the stimulation of auditory neurons with optical radiation to measure the impedances of cochlear structures and possible current paths for the electrically stimulated cochlea. Richter earned his medical degree and PhD from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt, Germany. He has been at Northwestern University since 1996, first as a trainee. In 2002 he joined the faculty at Feinberg and McCormick. During his time at Northwestern, Richter has been awarded numerous grants for his work, published more than 75 papers and served on various editorial boards of journal publications. In addition, he is an active teacher in the Department of Otolaryngology and has mentored more than 76 trainees. Many of his trainees


Mentor of the Year Award

The Medical Faculty Council (MFC) established the Mentor of the Year Award in 2008 to:

  • Recognize and celebrate the importance of mentorship within the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine academic community
  • Encourage all departments and divisions to actively support and promote mentoring among their members
  • Acknowledge established faculty members who foster the professional growth of junior, less experienced faculty to help them achieve their full potential

Each year, the MFC recognizes up to two faculty members with an award. These two annual Mentor of the Year award recipients will typically represent two different areas of mentorship at Feinberg (e.g., clinical care, basic science, clinical or social research). Recipients are announced on Feinberg's annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day, are recognized with a monetary award, and their names and the date are engraved on a plaque located in the Dean's office. In addition, the awardees will have the opportunity to share their mentoring tips and stories at a mentoring workshop. Learn what makes a great mentor.


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Past Mentor of the Year Winners

Diane B. Wayne, MD
Kenzie A. Cameron, PhD, MPH

Jonathan D. Licht, MD

David Engman, MD, PhD

Ram Yogev, MD

D. Mark Courtney, MD

Stephen Miller, PhD

Jack Kessler, MD

H. Steven (Hank) Seifert, PhD

A. Todd Davis, MD

Kiang Liu, PhD

Stanford Shulman, MD

Teresa Woodruff, PhD

William Pearce, MD