Announcing... the Awardees of The John M. Driscoll, Jr., M.D. Children’s Fund Competition

The Driscoll Children’s Fund Award will provide $50,000.00 to each awardee to support salary or laboratory in Academic Year 2013-2014.  They are as follows:

Meenakshi (Meena) Rao, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric GI, Hepatology and Nutrition.  Dr. Rao will receive funding to support her proposal entitled, “The Role of Glial Cells in the Enteric Nervous System.”   Dr. Rao received her B.A. (summa cum laude) from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and her M.D. and Ph.D. from John Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She completed both her residency and fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  Her mentors on this project will be Dr. Michael Gershon, Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, and Dr. Tim Wang, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases, CUMC.

Aviva Sopher, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology.  Dr. Sopher will receive funding to support her proposal entitled, “Effect of Metformin on Insulin Resistance, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Body Composition in Non-Obese Adolescents with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.”  Dr. Sopher received her B.A. (magna cum laude) from Columbia University, Barnard College and her M.D. from New York University School of Medicine.  She received her M.S. in Nutrition at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Institute of Human Nutrition.  Dr. Sopher completed her residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Jacobi Medical Center, and her fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.  Her mentors on this project will be Dympna Gallagher, EdD, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Medicine; Henry N. Ginsberg, MD, Irving Professor of Medicine and Director of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research; and Sharon E. Oberfield, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, CUMC.

Teresa M. Lee, MD, Clinical Fellow, Division of Pediatric Cardiology.  Dr. Lee will receive funding to support her proposal entitled, “Identification of Novel Causes of Infantile Cardiomyopathy.”  The John M. Driscoll, Jr., M.D. Children’s Fund competition.  The Driscoll Children’s Fund Award will provide $50,000.00 to each awardee to support salary or laboratory in Academic Year 2013-2014.  They are as follows:

The John M. Driscoll, Jr., M.D. Children’s Fund was created in the Department of Pediatrics in 2005.  It was made possible by many donors who responded to Dr. Driscoll’s appeal for funds to support junior physician-scientists in the Department at the beginning of their careers.  An endowed fund, each year the John M. Driscoll, Jr., M.D. Children’s Fund will provide select junior faculty members stipends for up to two years.

Congratulations to each of these talented physician scientists and to their colleagues in the competition.  We also extend our gratitude to the many donors – friends, faculty and families – who contributed to The John M. Driscoll, Jr., M.D. Children’s Fund to make these awards possible in the Department of Pediatrics.