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Dedman Scholar Awards

In 2009 the Dedman Family Endowed Program for Scholars in Clinical Care at UT Southwestern was established with a $12 million gift from the Dedman Foundation to the Southwestern Medical Foundation. The Southwestern Medical Foundation matched the gift to create a $24 million endowment that allows UT Southwestern to “recruit promising early-career physicians to the medical center to be mentored by senior clinicians and clinical scientists”

Nominees are limited to new newly appointed junior faculty (i.e. within 3 years of initial appointment), to include candidates from our own training programs or from outside training programs.  Individuals holding a junior faculty appointment at another academic medical center are eligible provided they are still within 3 years of their initial faculty appointment. 

In accepting the gift Kathleen Gibson, President of Southwestern Medical Foundation, thanked the Dedman Family noting “The enormous vision of the Dedman family is evident in the way the Dedman Family Scholars program has been structured – from its rigorous selection process to its length of funding to its built in collaboration between young researchers and senior faculty.  The end result is that this program is seeding the leading clinicians of our future while, at the same time, producing high quality research in the areas represented by now many scholars.  This is a tremendous example of strategic and high impact giving.  We could not be more grateful to the Dedman family for their generosity in supporting this noble work.”

Dedman Scholar Award Details:

  • Two awards are provided each year. Recipients receive $150,000 per year for four years.  Funds are to be used for partial salary support and research activities.
  • Applications for the Dedman Scholar Award are due to the Dean’s Office by no later than April 1:

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Junior faculty (or faculty candidates) within 3 years of initial faculty appointment
    • Faculty appointment at another institution “counts” towards faculty time
    • Can be in clinical scholar OR clinician educator track; tenure track, lab-based investigators not eligible
  • Faculty candidate must be engaged in patient care
    • Time commitment is “undefined”
    • In general most candidates have a ≥50% time commitment
  • Faculty candidate must have an identified mentor(s)
  • Faculty candidate cannot hold another UTSW faculty development award

Application Process:

  • Nomination letter from Department Chair
    • Should briefly describe candidate's qualifications
    • Should briefly outline mentoring plan
  • Nominee’s CV
  • Nominee’s academic proposal (not to exceed 3 pages)
  • Additional LORs not required

Examples of Dedman Scholars & Research Activities:

  • Michael Bowen – General Internal Medicine
    • Studies development, evaluation & implementation of EHR-based interventions to improve health outcomes in DM2
  • Donald Glass – Dermatology
    • Studies genes that predispose individuals to develop keloids
  • Aditya Bagrodia – Urology
    • Studies genetic makeup of testis tumors to predict their behavior
  • Neil Desai – Radiation Oncology
    • Studies the interaction of the immune system & RT in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
  • Maria Florian-Rodriguez – Ob-Gyn
    • Exploring ways to improve outcomes following pelvic reconstructive surgery
  • Jacob Hunter – ENT
    • Studies the relationship of cochlear implants and cognitive decline in patients

Current Selection Committee Membership:

Name Department
Berry, Jarett Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
Hedayati, Susan Internal Medicine (Nephrology)
Johnson, David H. (Chair) Internal Medicine
Maldjian, Joseph Radiology
Pearle, Margaret Urology
Peters, Craig Urology(Pediatrics)
Reimold, Sharon Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
Singal, Amit Internal Medicine (Hepatology)
Skapek, Stephen Pediatrics (Heme/Onc)
Sumer, Baran Otolaryngology