Program Overview

Leading and Inspiring Faculty Trajectories (LIFT) is the college's junior faculty mentoring program derived from evidence-based mentoring practices. It is a critical component to the career advancement of our faculty and is designed to enhance the vitality of our faculty by meeting mentoring needs across a broad spectrum of topics. These Include:

  • Career development.
  • Research and scholarly writing.
  • Teaching and clinical skills.

LIFT is a cohort-based, nine-month program, that combines traditional mentorship with a peer group dynamic. The program hosts a series of structured evening mentoring and networking events on topics related to career progression throughout the year. It is open to all assistant and associate professors (on any track) holding a UA College of Medicine – Phoenix faculty title.

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix is committed to developing a vibrant, engaged, diverse community of faculty who have access to programs that inspire and enrich their growth and development. Many departments at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix have active mentoring programs for their members. This program is designed to supplement the departmental mentoring programs, as well as to aid junior and mid-career faculty in finding mentors for specific areas and needs that they have identified.

LIFT is now accepting Interest Submission Forms; rolling review begins in February. 


  • To provide primary or supplemental mentoring to junior faculty of the College of Medicine – Phoenix.
  • Expand participants' professional network to include affiliates and outside disciplines.
  • To advance the professional goals of the mentees.
  • Expose faculty to a peer group mentoring dynamic.

Program Model

  • Nine-month program cycle.
  • Cohort-based.
  • Mentees select program mentors.
  • One senior mentor to several junior mentees.

LIFT Mentoring Awards, 2017-2018 Cohort

Congratulations to the first cohort of the college's LIFT Faculty Mentoring Program for completing the program!

Hamed Abbaszadegan Nichole Mahnert
Shaghayegh Abdollahi Emily Mallin
Mahmoud Alsayed Jon McGreevy
Mohan Belthur Laura Mercer
Clairmar Borrero-Mejias Michele Munkwitz
Viet Do Alexander Ngwube
Jennifer Hartmark-Hill Alena Petty
Maheshwor Kafle Zebulon Timmons
Erin Kreml Benjamin Wright

Mentors 2017-2018 Cohort

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.

Maria Manriquez, MD
Director, Pathways Scholars Program
Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Maria Manriquez, MD“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
Professor of Medicine, UA College of Medicine - Phoenix


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


Jonathan Lifshitz, PhDThe 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).