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Mentor Month

January is National Mentoring Month

ACP is honoring the power of mentorship with a “pay it forward” campaign during National Mentoring Month in January. Who were your mentors, those special people who guided you on your professional path and helped you learn and grow throughout your career? Just as your mentors helped you, you can help our future internists.

Thank a Mentor and Inspire Future Internists With A Donation

When you donate to the ACP Education Fund in your mentor’s name, you help support the next generation of internists. Your donation helps support ACP membership, educational resources, and special programming for medical students and residents.

We also want to hear your story – please take a moment and share with us how your mentor made a positive impact on your career in Internal Medicine. Your story could be featured on our website!

Pay It Forward Now


See What Members Say About Their Mentors

In memory of Wayne Campbell, MD, by Ted Louie, MD

Dr. Wayne Campbell accomplished the highest result that a teacher strives for:  he inspired all whom he taught. While the ID fellowship director at University of Maryland, he personally trained 19 fellows, all of whom uniformly remember the fellowship program with great fondness. In retrospect, much of this is to his credit, as he truly cared for all the fellows as human beings. Afterward, he moved on to Union Memorial, where he worked for many years with the internal medicine house staff, where he trained and inspired the next generation of internists. Contrary to popular practice, when on service, he routinely asked his colleagues to give him more consults, so the team could be exposed to a wider variety of cases.

Another impressive feat was his ability to work closely with the surgeons at every institution. This was a credit to his ability to understand others' viewpoints, and to communicate effectively with all, to the point where one surgeon proclaimed that Wayne was "one of the best physicians on the planet." I'm sure we all agree on this point.

In honor of Stephen Ray Mitchell, MD, by Susan Hingle, MD, FRCP, MACP

If it weren't for Dr. Mitchell, I would not have gotten involved with the ACP. His mentoring incited in me a passion for advocacy. I am forever grateful.

In honor of David Steward, MD, by Susan Hingle, MD, FRCP, MACP

I am forever grateful for Dr. Steward. He hired me even when there wasn't a posted position. I am grateful that he believed in me and found ways to help me believe in myself. If it weren't for Dr. Steward, I would not have believed in myself enough to run for ACP IL Governor, and my career would have turned out very differently. Because of his belief in me and his encouragement, the ACP remains a key part of my life.

In honor of Francisco Barreto (Chicão), MD, by Marcus Villander Sá, MD

Francisco Barreto (better known as Dr Chicão ) is much more than a tutor.

Despite his vast experience in rare diseases and a successful career, he is always willing to listen to those with less experience, its residents and students.  More than teaching diagnostics and treatments, he teaches us how to reach people where their problems really arise, in human feelings and relationships, in successes and failures, in losses and loves.

A great simulator of his pupils' career, he never missed the opportunity to offer a word of support or encouragement.

More than a doctor and a teacher, he is a poet!  And his best poetry is to transform people's hearts. Of his patients and his medical residents.

All my respect to the master and friend, dr Chicão.

In honor of James Lewis, MD, by Daniel B. Vance, MD

Jim Lewis was my chief resident at Baptist Hospital around 1980 and continued teaching in Memphis for the past 40 years. He still teaches us every year at the Tennessee ACP chapter meetings and still inspires as to be the best internal medicine doctors we can be. He exemplifies the ideal Internist: a thoughtful, empathetic and kind doctor.

In honor of Douglas Heimburger, MD, by Benjamin Andrews, MD

Before Zoom was Zoom, Doug Heimburger was the standard for remote mentoring. More than 10 years ago, Doug was meeting with me via Skype weekly, providing consistent high-quality mentorship. I was in Zambia; Doug was in Nashville, but he was consistently available and supportive. Any time I was in Nashville, Doug and his wife Beth demonstrated the utmost hospitality. Without a doubt, the mentorship Doug poured into me continues to bear fruit in my current leadership role.

In honor of Scott Yen, MD, by Lalitha Darbha, MD

Special thanks to Dr. Scott Yen for being my mentor! Sharing a quote by De Ann Hollis – "The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of commitment to make a difference in lives of others."

In honor of Prashant Punekar, MD and in memory of Kiran Belsare, MD, by Vijay Charhate, MD

In the undergraduate time when I was watching my internal medicine teacher treating patient with that intense dedication and perfection was an ideal motivation to be an internist...

In honor of George P. Chrousos, MD, by Alexios-Fotios Mentis, MD

To my physician-scientist mentor, Prof. George P. Chrousos, MD, FAAP: Had it not been for Prof. Chrousos, I would not have achieved what I have achieved so far. Prof. Chrousos is a mentor with a broad range of knowledge on so many different fields, while his approach to mentoring me is an elegant combination of clinical realism and research idealism.

In honor of John D Clough, MD, FACP and in memory of Arthur Laurence Scherbel, MD, FACP, by C Julio Aponte, MD

Dr. John David Clough was a Rheumatologist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, while I was Fellow in Rheumatology. His way of teaching and encourage his trainees was exceptional. He was gifted as an Immunologist and was generous with his time and knowledge. When I became certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of I.M. he took time to explain the way of being more involved in publications and to be advanced to FACP. He also shared his knowledge in photography.

Later when he was appointed as Head of Rheumatology, he created the position of Adjunct Staff to maintain a close academic connection to CCF.

In memory of Tony Andrews, MD, PhD, FRCP, by Alan P. Hendin, MD

I am honored to say that I count many persons in my life as mentors, many before university or medical studies, but Dr. Tony Andrews led me on the path that has been my life work and fulfilling calling. He considered me for a position in his Residency despite my being a Foreign Medical Grad (Israel), where myriad other programs dismissed my application out of hand. Dr. Andrews came to the US after an early distinguished research career in England, and was the beloved Director of Internal Medicine training program and Chief of Medicine at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, OR from 1975 until his death at Age 57 in 1993. Tony's natural skill at teaching, especially at the bedside, was the product of his deep love for medicine and training young doctors. He had a calm demeanor, sharp mind and easy smile and laugh. He combined a wordsmith's love of language with a politician's awareness of effect of his speech. In a classic vignette, a Senior Nurse, on rounds with her students, briskly approached Dr. Andrews in the hospital corridor and in front of a large group asked him to make it clear "once and for all" where Insulin was to be administered (He was an Endocrinologist, the RN was appalled that her students came with the teaching to give it SQ while she believed the correct approach was "Intradermal."). Dr. Andrews responded to the collected crowd, without a moment's hesitation:

"The thing is to get it in exactly the right place!"

He was lost too early. I think of him all the time.

In memory of Bruce Ettinger, MD and in honor of Morris Schambelan, MD; Marshall Wolf, MD; Tom Baudendistel, MD, by Joan C. Lo, MD

Two types of mentors have shaped my career path, for which I am incredibly grateful.  As a clinical researcher, I am indebted to my first research mentor, Dr. Morris Schambelan, Emeritus Professor, University of California San Francisco (former SFGH Chief of Endocrinology and GCRC Director), who taught me the rigors of metabolic research, started me on a faculty track, and helped me pave a 7-year path to independent research. My second research mentor, Dr. Bruce Ettinger, Emeritus Investigator and Founding TPMG Chair of Endocrinology, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, gave me vision and helped me launch a skeletal health research program nearly 15 years ago. A luminary in the field of osteoporosis, he remained an invaluable mentor and collaborator until he passed in 2020. The impact of these two pioneering scientists on my career has been profound.

I owe immense gratitude to Dr. Marshall Wolf, MACP, Internal Medicine Residency Program Director Emeritus, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, whose groundbreaking work created a unique residency home in which I was privileged to train. The values he instilled in us – I carry into all the work I do. My career came full circle in 2010 when I had the opportunity to join a new residency home, the Internal Medicine Residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland, led by Dr. Tom Baudendistel, FACP, Program Director. Under his mentorship, I discovered my own passions in GME, including research mentoring and teaching. I would like to close by acknowledging his extraordinary leadership in 2020, contributing to frontline efforts while also shepherding the training of the next generation of frontline internal medicine physicians.

In honor of Lisa Rubenstein, MD, by Carole M. Warde, MD

Lisa Rubenstein is a very supportive mentor who encouraged me to be creative and follow my interests.  She opened many doors and trusted me to be the best that I could be. Thank you!

In honor of Sue Hingle, MD, FRCP, MACP by Eileen Barrett, MD

I am so privileged to have Dr. Sue Hingle as a mentor and friend. She is generous of her time and expertise, models leading with empathy and professionalism, and sees in people what they can do and be and helps them get there. She is also strategic in her mentorship, providing gentle direction and redirection when and where needed, and in understanding power dynamics and helping through her actions to create psychological safety so all feel welcome and valued.

In honor of Hock Yeoh, MD, by Richard B. Schwarz, MD

Dr. Yeoh consistently demonstrated what it means to be a complete physician – caring as well as competent, aware of the big picture as well as having specific expertise, communicative and collaborative. The lessons I and many others learned from him have been crucial to career development, success, and satisfaction.

In honor of Edward Will Holt, MD, by Tran Namphuong, MD 

"There are few individuals who exemplify mentorship like Dr. Holt. In addition to being an astute clinician and effective teacher, Dr. Holt has the incredible gift of empathizing with his trainees on our level, and thus provides support that comes from a place of true understanding and acceptance. Dr. Holt provides guidance in career paths, clinical medicine and research with wisdom and experience, allows for true critical thinking and autonomy along the way, and never fails to continually emphasize encouragement and a team effort, through adversity and success alike. He is a great model of a conscientious physician, educator and leader, and I strive to one day impart the same confidence and clarity he provides to all of us."

In honor of Larry Feigenbaum, MD, by James W. Davis, MD

"Larry Feigenbaum, M.D. was the director of the first Geriatric Medicine fellowship program west of the Mississippi at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco. I was the first fellow in that program. Dr. Feigenbaum was an excellent physician and a warm and caring person. His vision and enthusiasm for Geriatrics gave me the opportunity to be among the pioneers in a new field of medicine in this country. I and many others have been grateful for his wisdom and foresight. I have been so fortunate over my career to have had outstanding mentors before and after Dr. Feigenbaum and I am grateful to them all but Dr. Feigenbaum stands out because of the pivotal nature of his mentorship in my professional development."

In honor of Anne Pendo, MD, FACP, by Linda M. Venner, MD 

"Anne Pendo MD, FACP is a consummate professional, and brings joy and fun to the workplace. She is an unbelievably popular primary care physician, colleague, and leader in the experience of caring space.  Anne brings style and grace to everything she does, and seems to effortlessly bring her authentic self to every encounter, both in and out of the workplace. Anne and I were colleagues—me a Hospitalist and she an Internal Medicine clinic doctor—for a decade. We always felt comfortable handing patients off to each other because we knew we shared a value of excellence in practice.  Anne wrote my support letter when I became an ACP Fellow. Anne then became my medical director, and was such a great role model, pushing me as a leader, and promoting my development. She genuinely cared about me, and my group of Hospitalists. She endlessly championed me, and helped me prepare for a critical interview presentation for the job I succeeded in attaining. Currently, I am the Sr. Medical Director for Hospitalist Medicine for Intermountain Healthcare, and the Hospitalist managing more resources than any other Hospitalist leader in Utah. Anne is the Sr Medical Director for Experience of Caring, which is a novel space where work is being doing to engage caregivers, with the understanding that we need to take care of each other as providers, in order to take the best care of patients. Her work is incredibly important!  Intermountain healthcare is able to proceed with pushing the boundaries of quality, safety, patient experience, provider engagement, access to care, and stewardship because of dedicated physicians like Anne.

"Thank you for giving me this opportunity to recognize her! I am definitely paying it forward as a mentor myself, and am better for the example she provided. Kudos Anne!"

In honor of Andrea Nazar, DO, by Dimitri Tito, MD

"From her first clinical skill lecture in our first year of medical school, Dr. Nazar has rapidly inspired our class with her devotion to student learning. Her lectures were structured to include pertinent standardized patient encounter information with a twist applied to board materials. Her teaching style has strengthened my confidence in my clinical skills and has increased my passion for patient care. My personal commitment to being the best medical student I can possibly be is, in large part, due to the enthusiasm that Dr. Nazar brought to the class from day one."

In honor of Eric J. Warm, MD, by Ryan Munuon, MD 

"Dr. Eric Warm has been an outstanding support and source of inspiration. His dedication to improving the training of physicians in a deliberate way is something I try to emulate in my own practice and career."

In honor of Kelley Skeff, MD and Georgette Stratos, MD, by James Kruer, MD 

"Kelley Skeff and Georgette Stratos have been mentors to myself and many other physicians who are passionate about teaching.  Many of us have made careers of it and benefited from their coaching.  I remember sitting one-on-one with him as he reviewed a pre-submitted tape of me teaching a communications skills class as a Chief Resident. He was vary astute to notice that I was teaching someone else's course because she kept interjecting from the back of the room. He is such a master teacher and mentor!"

In honor of Louis Saravolatz, MD, by James Kruer, MD 

"Louis Saravolatz was the Department Chair who recruited me away from my first job after residency to be the medical director of the ambulatory resident practice. I would go on to lead that clinic over the next 11 years. Lou allowed me to grow and develop in the position and mentored me monthly in reading financial statements and ultimately helping to make the clinic profitable. It was under him that I learned about GME funding, Paper to EMR transformation, and I would dive into Quality and Safety by cochairing the med safety committee for the hospital. In so many ways I would grow and cultivate my passion for doing faculty development in the institution. Lou went on to become the ACP Governor of Michigan and within the hospital and beyond he was a constant encourager of encouraging in and "expecting" kind of way that you should enhance your CV and pride in your career by becoming an ACP Fellow and helping others with a letter of support to become Fellows of the ACP. Through ACP he would come to help many many residents and faculty become recognized for their scholarly activities and more."

In honor of Diane L. Levine, MD, by James Kruer, MD 

"Diane Levine is the quintessential mentor. Diane was first my mentor a faculty hospital rounder when I was a resident at Detroit Receiving Hospital. She was filled with practical advice and wonderful with self-reflective questioning which helped instill ownership in the patient as my own. Diane would later become a faculty colleague as I moved through Chief Resident and the faculty. She would eventually become the Vice Chair of Education. Diane's mentoring passions lie with students where she continues to teach at Wayne State Medical School. She is often seen and sharing at Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine meetings. Many a student has been inspired to become great physicians by Diane Levine over her decades of practice and teaching."