2016 Sitaraman Silver Pear Mentoring Awards


Department Chair David S. Stephens, MD presents Mark Mulligan, MD with a 2016 Shanthi V. Sitaraman Silver Pear Mentoring Award – Research at Celebratory Grand Rounds. The other Silver Pear winner, Robin E. Rutherford, MD, was unable to attend the ceremony.

Drs. Mark Mulligan (Infectious Diseases) and Robin E. Rutherford (Digestive Diseases) received this year’s Shanthi V. Sitaraman Silver Pear Mentoring Awards at the Emory University Department of Medicine’s 2016 Celebratory Grand Rounds ceremony.

The Shanthi V. Sitaraman Silver Pear Mentoring Award is presented to Department of Medicine faculty who have demonstrated outstanding mentorship to early career faculty within the department during the past year. Awards are presented for mentoring of faculty primarily in the research area (Mulligan) and for those primarily in the clinical educator/service area (Rutherford).

Mark Mulligan, MD

Mark Mulligan, MD

Comments from Dr. Mulligan’s nominator(s):

“Through his teaching, leadership, and guidance… I became adept at mastering all the dimensions that constitute clinical trials.”

“Dr. Mulligan has as always been supportive and encouraged my research ideas… He encouraged my participation in national and international meetings and took the time to introduce me to senior investigators from across the world.”

“You know a great mentor when the mentor does not push his agenda but puts the priorities of the mentee first.”

“Dr. Mulligan is able to recognize and encourage passion in his mentees’ areas of interest… He is willing to listen and flexible, and he looks for ways to provide support.”


Robin E. Rutherford, MD

Comments from Dr. Rutherford’s nominator(s):

“Dr. Rutherford inspires others to strive for exceptional achievement and ultimately attain superlative professional skills in education and exemplary patient care… Her insight, creativity, and feedback allow her to be an effective educator.”

“She takes the time to carefully listen to their concerns and is empathetic to their apprehensions. An outstanding mentor not only carefully listens but also offers reassurance in an era where there is much uncertainty… She offers both reassurance and encouragement.”

“Her continuous support and guidance have played a major role in shaping my goals. She has helped me focus on my area of interest, has always been accommodating of my concerns, and has taken an active role in my mentorship.”

“Because of her, I have become passionate about teaching and education.”

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