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U of U Pediatrician, Carrie L. Byington, M.D., Named Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs And Faculty Development
Jul 12, 2012 5:17 PM
(SALT LAKE CITY)—University of Utah pediatrician Carrie L. Byington, M.D., a highly regarded clinician, teacher, mentor, and researcher, has been appointed vice-dean for academic affairs and faculty development at the University of Utah School of Medicine, effective July 1, 2012.
Byington, a professor of pediatrics, joined the U medical school faculty in 1995. In her new role, pending approval by the University’s Board of Trustees, she will oversee academic and faculty issues that include:
- Retention, promotion, and tenure of faculty
- Faculty career and skill development and leadership programs
- Mentoring and the Office of Faculty Mentoring
- Faculty development programs, including a junior faculty/scholars in clinical and translational research program and one to aid mid-career scientists in their research and in mentoring younger faculty
- Programs to support the development of faculty who teach medical students, residents, fellows and others
Byington has devoted much of her career to mentoring. She has supported the careers of more than 100 trainees and junior faculty, the majority being women and minorities. She was the recipient of the Gary C. Schoenwolf Mentoring Award in 2011 and the Linda K. Amos award for service to women in 2012. She has also worked for many years as a physician at the Salt Lake Valley Health Department’s South Main Clinic, which treats minority and underserved women and children
She focuses her research on viral and bacterial infections in infants and children—particularly influenza, and the bacteria that can lead to pneumonia and meningitis—as well as improving health services, including public health, through accurate diagnostics. Byington is the principal investigator on several federal grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
U of U Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., says Byington’s outstanding teaching and mentoring experience will be critical in her new role. “Dr. Byington has made a huge difference in the careers of the dozens of students and faculty she has mentored in her years as a practitioner, teacher, and researcher,” Lee says. “The leadership and track record of success she brings to this mission promises a bright future for our faculty and for our School of Medicine.”
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