Distinguished Mentor Award and Lecture

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Daryl and Nancy Granner Distinguished Mentor Award honors faculty members whose distinguished careers have resulted in the mentoring of individuals who have gone on to have their own distinguished careers.  In its broadest sense, mentoring is meant to include research training, classroom teaching, clinical training, and faculty career development.  The Distinguished Mentor Lecture is given by an eminent person in a field related to the career interests of the award recipient.

2019 Daryl and Nancy Granner Distinguished Mentor Award Celebration

The 2019 Distinguished Mentor Award Celebration will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM in the Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF). 

Distinguished Mentor Awardee:  Dr. Edward F. Bell, MD

Dr. Bell, Professor of Pediatrics, has an outstanding record of mentoring trainees, faculty and staff at all levels.  By his own example and with his guidance and leadership, he has influenced the lives and careers of many scientists and physicians at Iowa and around the world.

Distinguished Mentor's Lecturer:  Dr. Richard S. Finkel, MD

Dr. Finkel, Division of Neurology at Nemours Children’s Hospital led studies of the antisense oligonucleotide nusinersen to treat spinal muscular atrophy.  The drug halted disease progression, and in some infants, motor function improved.  This is a dramatic example of translational research.

Past Distinguished Mentor Awardees and Lecturers:

  Awardee Lecturer
2018 Mary E. Wilson, MD Peter Hotez, MD, PhD
2017 Robert G. Robinson, MD Eve Marder, PhD
2016 John E. Donelson, PhD Thomas R. Cech, PhD
2015 M. Sue O'Dorisio, MD, PhD Robert Weinberg, PhD
2014 Peter Densen, MD Bonnie Bassler, PhD
2013 Allyn L. Mark, MD Bruce Spiegelman, PhD
2012 Michael A. Apicella, MD David Oshinsky, PhD
2011 David Wacker, PhD Huda Zoghbi, MD
2010 Bruce Gantz, MD David Julius, PhD
2009 Ignacio Ponseti, MD
Stuart Weinstein, MD
David Kingsley, PhD
2008 Arthur Spector, MD Jeffrey Friedman, MD, PhD
2007 Gary Hunninghake, MD Anthony Fauci, MD
2006 François Abboud, MD Robert Lefkowitz, MD
2005 Kevin P. Campbell, PhD Eric Kandel, MD
2004 Jeffrey C. Murray, MD Mary-Claire King, PhD
2003 Michael J. Welsh, MD Günter Blobel, MD, PhD
2002 James A. Clifton, MD Stephen O'Rahilly, MD

Nominations for the Distinguished Mentor Award:

Candidates for the Distinguished Mentor Award should be outstanding mentors whose mentees have gone on to distinguished careers of their own.  Candidates should have spent a significant portion of their career at Iowa.  Candidates may include: a) Mentors who have finished their active careers or achieved emeritus status, or b) Senior active faculty who have already made a substantial impact in the training of individuals who have gone on to success as independent faculty members.  Candidates should be known for their collegiality, dedication to their profession, and the betterment of the Carver College of Medicine and the University of Iowa.

UI Carver College of Medicine faculty, staff and alumni may submit nominations.  Complete nominations should include: a letter outlining the rationale for the nomination, the nominee's curriculum vitae, a list of former trainees, and up to ten supporting letters from colleagues and former trainees.

Nominations will remain active for three years.  Nominators may update previous nominations that are still active.  Please submit nominations online.  Questions may be directed to Sonya Housholder

The deadline for the 2019 Distinguished Mentor Award nominations is August 15, 2019.


The Distinguished Mentor Award and Distinguished Mentor's Lecture are made possible through a generous gift from Daryl Granner, 58BA, 62MS, 62MD, and Nancy Granner, 58BA.  Dr. Granner is a distinguished almunus, Professor Emeritus, and Founding Director, Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, UI Carver College of Medicine.