Kutty Dean

Dr. Shelby Kutty has been named assistant dean for research and development at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. (unmc.edu photo)

Dr. Shelby Kutty, an Indian American professor of pediatrics and internal medicine and vice chair of pediatrics, Dec. 19 was named assistant dean of research and development at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine.

"We are confident that we can make an impact on our research and academic enterprise," Kutty said in a statement.

The Indian American was named to the post by College of Medicine dean Dr. Bradley Britigan and senior associate dean of research and development for the College of Medicine Dr. Howard Fox.

"This is all about growing our clinical research enterprise," said Fox in a statement. "Dr. Kutty is an outstanding investigator and is very committed to building our research program. He will primarily be responsible for helping foster research in those clinical departments and divisions with emerging research programs, and those programs moving into new scholarly directions."

Kutty, a pediatric cardiologist, will work with Fox on developing strategies for accomplishing this goal.

Among things they hope to accomplish include leveraging new funds in the research budget set aside for pilot funds to support innovative projects; utilizing research design and statistical support from the College of Public Health to further build rigor and reproducibility in research; holding a research retreat at the Truhlsen Events Center to help build research contacts and collaborations in the College of Medicine; and developing research and mentoring opportunities for medical students, residents and fellows.

As UNMC was recently awarded a large NIH grant for the Great Plains IDeA-Clinical Translational Research Network, the opportunity is ripe for this expansion, the university said.

Clinical and translational research has been an area of accelerated growth at UNMC. Both NIH as well as industry-funded work has continued to grow in the College of Medicine, it said.

Kutty, the university said, will accelerate this growth and help provide clinical scientists with the resources and links to campus expertise to build sustainable research teams.

The new assistant dean has an M.B.B.S. degree from Calicut University in India and a medical degree from Manipal University in India. He then earned a doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska/University of Amsterdam and a master's in healthcare management degree from Harvard University.

Among his career stops include Miami Children's Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin before joining UNMC in 2008.

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