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Local Geneticist Receives National Mentorship Award

Friday, July 14, 2017 - Campus News -

The American Society of Human Genetics has awarded OU Children’s Physicians Geneticist John J. Mulvihill, M.D., its 2017 Mentorship Award. Mulvihill holds the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Kimberly V. Talley Chair in Genetics and is also a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Additionally, he is a senior consultant to the division of Genomic Medicine in the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.

The ASHG Mentorship Award recognizes members who have significant records of accomplishment as mentors. It is open to individuals at all academic ranks who have shown a sustained pattern of exemplary mentorship at the graduate, postdoctoral, residency or fellowship level. The award presentation, which includes a plaque and $10,000 prize, will take place on Friday, October 20, during the organization’s 67th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. 

“It’s an incredible honor for me to accept this recognition from my colleagues and outstanding mentees, whose careers and lives I’ve been privileged to touch,” Mulvihill said. “Mentorship in genetics, science and medicine is a life-long duty and joy.”

Over the years, Mulvihill has founded multiple successful genetics training programs across the country, and has personally mentored trainees across fields and career stages through these programs. In 1983, while serving as clinical genetics section chief in the National Cancer Institute’s Clinical Epidemiology Branch, he helped launch the NIH Interinstitute Medical Genetics Training Program, which he directed until 1989. He then founded the department of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as professor and co-director of the Pittsburgh Genetics Institute until 1998. That same year, he founded the section of Pediatric Genetics at the OU College of Medicine, where he later established the Medical Genetics Residency Program and the master’s program in Genetic Counseling. His research has focused on the genetics of human cancer, particularly late genetic and reproductive effects in cancer survivors and germ cell mutagenesis.

With more than 960 doctors and advanced practice providers, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. Its practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable elsewhere in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts.

More than 290 of OU Physicians doctors and advanced practice providers are OU Children’s Physicians. The majority of them are board-certified in children’s specialties, and many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who cannot be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center and in Edmond, Midwest City, Lawton and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area.  OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.

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