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Emory’s Dr. Venkat Narayan honored for mentoring

December 2011
Emory’s Dr. Venkat Narayan honored for mentoring Dr. Venkat Narayan has been selected as Mentor of the Year by Emory University’s Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Narayan is the Hubert Chair of Global Health in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, as well as a professor of epidemiology and a professor of medicine in Emory’s School of Medicine. He is an investigator in several large, multi-center, national studies of diabetes. After serving as Visiting Scientist at NIH from 1992-96, he led the Diabetes Epidemiology and Statistics Branch at CDC until August 2006, and now co-directs Emory’s Global Diabetes Research Center and the Ovations/NHLBI Center of Excellence for Cardiometabolic Diseases with partners in India and Pakistan.

“Mentoring is one of the most important jobs we do in academics yet is frequently unrecognized and rarely rewarded,” said Dr. Carlos del Rio, chair of Emory’s Hubert Department of Global Health. “I am a firm believer that one of the most valuable assets someone can have during their career is having a good mentor. All of us who know Dr. Narayan have benefited from him and his mentoring, and it is a privilege to have him as a valued member of our faculty.”

Since Asian Indians around the world have one of the highest rates of coronary artery disease (CAD) and diabetes—2-4 times higher at all ages than whites, blacks, Hispanics, and other Asians and 5-10 times higher in those under 40 years of age—Dr. Narayan’s own work and his mentoring of others are of great benefit to the Indian-American community and much appreciated.

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