Mentor Philosophy Statement

Steve Chung, MD
Steve Chung, MD
Executive Director and Chairman, Neuroscience Institute, Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix
Professor of Neurology, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

My research is focused on therapeutics in epilepsy care, including pharmacological treatment and surgical interventions. I can mentor junior faculty in regards to developing specific study aims and study protocol development based on the hypothesis. In addition, I will be happy to provide general promotion advice for the clinical scholar and clinical series tracks

Maria Manriquez, MD
Maria Manriquez, MD
Interim Associate Dean, Clinical Curriculum
Director, Pathways Scholars Program
Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

“You have to have champions in your life that believe in you and that encourage you to believe in yourself.” — Maria Manriquez, MD

I have had a lifelong dedication to excellence in women’s health care delivery and to the education of our next generation of physicians and academicians. I am the former College of Medicine – Phoenix OB/GYN Clerkship director and current academic director of the Pathways Scholar Program, which is designed to give students who have faced greater-than-average socioeconomic challenges an alternative route to medical school. Just over a year ago, I was selected to serve as an Oral Board Examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition to serving as the interim associate dean for Clinical Curriculum at College of Medicine – Phoenix, I am the co-program director for Reentry into the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinical Practice fellowship at Maricopa Integrated Health System.

I am committed to mentoring physician faculty in their clinical roles, student and resident teaching approaches across disciplines, educational leadership and administration and life-in-general!

Robert Roberts, MD
Robert Roberts, MD

Professor of Medicine,
UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

I am delighted to be a faculty mentor. I think it is worth emphasizing that I am a cardiologist and my research area is in cardiovascular molecular biology and genetics. I have had the opportunity of chairing grant review panels at the NHLBI, American Heart, American College, Canadian Health Institutes, Ontario Genome Institutes, Welcome Trust, the Doris Foundation and most recently the Laduq Foundation. I am particularly interested in conceptualizing and setting up the overall objectives and specific aims for grants. I am certainly available for other aspects of mentoring including selection of academic and research areas of interest. I look forward to my first meeting with the faculty. 

Terry Stull, MD
Terry Stull, MD
Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Research Officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Professor, Child Health, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

As background, I have extensive experience in balancing NIH-funded basic science research (Bacterial Pathogenesis), clinical care in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, academic leadership and community relations. I would be glad to mentor someone’s career development in any of these areas.

Jonathan Lifshitz, PhD​
Jonathan Lifshitz, PhD​

Director, Translational Neurotrauma Research Program, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Child Health, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

The ability to mentor individuals as a whole self comes from the fortune of being mentored in the same capacity. Throughout high school, college, graduate school, fellowship and into faculty positions, I have been afforded and sought great mentors. Each has provided advice and council on my own career trajectory, while serving as a role model for my mentoring style and commitment.

I have provided mentorship for high school students, department chairs and philanthropic foundations. Many, if not all, of these mentoring relationships never end, as council and a familiar advisor are sought throughout one’s trajectory. I have high school students who are now professionals; graduate students who are faculty; peers who are now chairs. We have developed a keen understanding of each others’ career goals, personal values and overall aptitude. To this end, I am blessed to engage with current and former mentees on all aspects of fulfilling a satisfied life. I look forward to LIFTing junior facility in specific elements of success (e.g. grant applications, committee assignments), management strategies (e.g. human resources, accounting) and work/life balance (e.g. time management, effort allocation).