Shipra Arya Receives Leadership Training Grant

April 2016

Since arriving at the Emory University School of Medicine in 2013, vascular surgeon Shipra Arya, MD, has received a series of grants designed to prime young investigators for accomplished research careers. In 2014, a Surgical Outcomes Club Research Fellowship and the associated mentorship of Philip Goodney, MD, Dartmouth Institute, supported her study of the effectiveness of vascular surgical interventions in the elderly and the use of administrative databases as a research tool. The American Heart Association's NCRP Winter 2015 Mentored Clinical and Population Research Award funded her development of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) prediction models that estimated risk for such outcomes as amputation, heart attack, stroke, and death. Emory preventive cardiologist Peter Wilson, MD, was her mentor on the project. And now, in 2016, her ongoing outcomes and quality research will be assisted by a Women's Leadership Training Grant from the Society for Vascular Surgery.

Successful applicants for the Leadership Training Grant, sponsored by the SVS Leadership Development and Diversity Committee, must have laid the foundation for a promising future as an academic surgeon and have an achievable proposal for how the grant will be used to advance their research goals.

Dr. Arya plans to use part of the award to attend the Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar, hosted by the Association of American Medical Colleges in July in Englewood, CO, where she plans to define specific strategies for academic growth and acquire leadership tools for building success. She will apply the remainder of the award to initiating one-on-one mentoring with Julie Freischlag, MD, dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine, and Melina Kibbe, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

"Dr. Freischlag can give me a first-hand look at how to manage a large healthcare system while leading a diverse group of personnel and teams," says Dr. Arya, "while Dr. Kibbe can provide examples of moving between clinical and research domains and expanding scholarship through scientific review contributions, editorial board memberships, and mentoring other researchers."