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Honorable Mentions

Researcher receives Daniel Deykin award for mentorship efforts

Dr. Mark Kunik Dr. Mark Kunik

HSR&D has announced that Dr. Mark Kunik is the first recipient of its Daniel Deykin Award for Outstanding Mentor. Kunik is the associate director of VA's Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, and is also the director of VA's South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC).

Kunik began his research career 15 years ago, with an HSR&D Career Development Award. Since then, he has mentored and enhanced the careers of more than 75 others, including residents, clinical fellows, research fellows, and medical students.

Kunik's mentoring skills and willingness to devote his time to supporting others' careers exemplifies the "human capital pipeline" that Dr. Deykin and his colleagues created, incorporating a strong mentoring component to the organization to ensure VA will continue to have an infusion of talented young researchers dedicated to improving Veterans' health care.

The Daniel Deykin award is presented annually to an HSR&D researcher who exhibits outstanding dedication and skill in mentoring the next generation of researchers, particularly in guiding them toward a thorough understanding of the positive impact research can have on the health and care of Veterans. Kunik is the first recipient of this award.

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