Nathan Kuppermann, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, has received the Maureen Andrew Mentor Award from the Society for Pediatric Research. This national award honors one academic pediatrician annually who has an outstanding record of mentorship and leadership.
Established in 2003, the award honors the contributions of Maureen Andrew, a past Society for Pediatric Research president whose work advanced the field of child health research.
“I am honored to receive this award for mentoring many physicians who have gone on to be leaders in pediatric emergency care,” said Kuppermann. “Throughout my own career, I have been incredibly fortunate to have received outstanding mentorship. I have strived to ‘pay it forward’ and encourage, teach and guide those whom I have served as mentor.”
Throughout his 30 years in pediatric emergency medicine, Kuppermann has provided mentorship to students, residents, fellows and faculty at UC Davis Health. Nationally, he has helped create numerous mentoring programs including with the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Collaborative Research Committee (PEM CRC) of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) and the Clinical Research on Emergency Services and Treatments Network (CREST) of Kaiser Permanente.
I would like to thank all the students, trainees and faculty members with whom I have worked. This award reflects their success as much as my own, and in the process, I have learned as much as I have taught.”
Internationally Kuppermann helped develop a pediatric emergency care research network in Argentina, which has expanded throughout South America. He was also a founding member and executive committee member of the Pediatric Emergency Research Network (PERN), which is a constellation of eight international pediatric emergency care research networks.
“As a physician, my highest priority is always caring for my patients. However, being at an academic medical center provides me the great opportunity, responsibility and honor to advise and guide the next generation of emergency physicians,” said Kuppermann. “I would like to thank all the students, trainees and faculty members with whom I have worked. This award reflects their success as much as my own, and in the process, I have learned as much as I have taught.”