Department Chairs and Directors Echoed the Great Success and Value of the STRAP Initiative
Across the UMSOM, senior leaders in basic science and clinical departments, centers, and institutes commented on the impact of the STRAP initiative.
“The STRAP Initiative was very valuable to the UMSOM. It was extremely beneficial in helping us identify outstanding teams of funded investigators, and in certain cases, enabled us to recruit them successfully to the UMSOM faculty.”
Sanford Stass, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology and Chair,
Department of Medical and Research Technology
“The impact of the STRAP recruits on the UMSOM research mission is broad and deep. The excellence and expertise they bring is both transformative and enduring.”
Margaret M. McCarthy, PhD
James & Carolyn Frenkil Dean’s Professor,
Chair of the Department of Pharmacology
“When the STRAP program was first announced, I was intrigued by the prospect of being able to recruit and fund a team of multidisciplinary scientists to continue to bring research to the forefront of our institution. I was thrilled when The Department of Pediatrics was able to recruit world-renowned physician-scientist Allan Doctor, MD. His revolutionary research on the development of an artificial blood product in the Center for Blood Oxygen Transport & Hemostasis has resulted in the recruitment of 12 additional researchers among two campuses. Dr. Doctor and his team have done exactly what the STRAP Program was meant to accomplish – accelerating discoveries, cures, and therapeutics for the most serious diseases.”
Steven J. Czinn, MD, FAAP, FACG, AGAF
The Drs. Rouben and Violet Jiji Endowed Professor
of Pediatrics and Chair, Department of Pediatrics
"The STRAP recruitment program has been pivotal in facilitating a cultural transformation towards research in our clinical department with many of our clinical faculty now being proud recipients of NIH grants."
Elias R. Melhem, MD
Dean John M. Dennis Chair in Radiology
“The STRAP program was a great success. STRAP allowed the recruitment of Internationally renowned clinical and translational scientists. These accomplished researchers provided important scientific breakthroughs. In doing so, STRAP increased knowledge and education for the benefit of the UMSOM and all its components, including faculty, staff, trainees, students, as well as our patients, and the surrounding population.”
Stephen N. Davis, MBBS
Theodore E. Woodward Chair in Medicine
"The STRAP initiative allowed us to recruit a world-class scientist who has helped expand the breadth and depth of our research program. From our perspective, the STRAP initiative has been a terrific accomplishment and has contributed greatly to the success of our research program."
Peter Rock, MD, MBA
Dr. Martin Helrich Chair for Anesthesiology
"The STRAP program has encouraged great collaboration in recruitments across departments, centers, and programs in the School of Medicine. This is a big factor behind the 70 percent increase in cancer research funding on the campus, compared to our last NCI center grant renewal in 2015."
Kevin J. Cullen, MD
Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Distinguished Professor in Oncology
"The STRAP initiative is an important effort in helping the School’s leadership recruit established and rising talented faculty members. The Institute is appreciative of the Dean’s support to better position ourselves as we continue to attract and recruit top researchers from around the world."
Robert C. Gallo, MD
Homer and Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor in Medicine and Co-Founder & Director, Institute Of Human Virology (IHV)
"Although my department did not do any recruiting under this very innovative program, the STRAP initiative has added breadth and depth to the School of Medicine and campus research community."
Jay S. Magaziner, PhD, MSHyg
Chair, Department Of Epidemiology & Public Health; Director, Center For Research On Aging
"The STRAP Initiative provided a phenomenal opportunity for new faculty to share ideas and insights with existing faculty."
Christine L. Lau, MD, MBA
Dr. Robert W. Buxton Chair of Surgery