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UK Pediatrics Chair Named
Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow

Contact: Tammy Gay

Photo of Vipul N. Mankad, M.D.
Vipul N. Mankad, M.D.

“Dr. Mankad’s involvement in the RWJ program will not only have a positive impact on this institution, but also on the health policy process in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the United States.”

-- Lee T. Todd Jr., president


May 15, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- A University of Kentucky pediatrician will be rubbing elbows with our nation’s leaders over the next year.

Vipul N. Mankad, M.D., Children’s Miracle Network Professor in the UK College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics will step down as chair of the department in September to participate in the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship program in Washington, D.C.

"In biomedical research and technology, the United States leads the world,” Mankad said. “Our leaders strive to develop health policies to translate this new knowledge into health benefits for all of us. I am truly excited about being offered the opportunity to work with our nation's top leaders in formulating policies that help people in the United States."

Mankad will go to Washington, D.C., in September and start an orientation program that will continue until December. From January through September 2004, Mankad will work full-time in either the legislative or executive branches of the federal government to help develop legislative proposals, arrange hearings, brief legislators for committee sessions and floor debates, and participate with staff in House and Senate conferences.

“Dr. Mankad’s involvement in the RWJ program will not only have a positive impact on this institution, but also on the health policy process in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the United States,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr.

“Dr. Mankad’s impressive track record of accomplishments as an academic physician scientist, a leader in academic medicine and health care, and as a resident who serves his community, illustrates why Dr. Mankad was chosen for this prestigious fellowship,” said Todd.

Mankad, who is in his 11th year at UK, will return after a year to the university as a faculty member in the pediatrics department.

One of the major accomplishments during Mankad’s time as chair of the Department of Pediatrics was the opening of the UK Children’s Hospital in 1997. The 65,000-square-foot, $12 million addition to UK Hospital houses a 44-bed, in-patient center; a 50-bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit; and 11 beds for 23-hour admissions/observation. Inpatient admissions each year total 6,000.

While at UK, Mankad was elected as clinical chief of the University Physicians; served as vice chair of the Bluegrass Region of the National Conference for Community and Justice Board of Trustees; and was a member of the Midway College for Women Board of Trustees.

Mankad has published 150 academic articles, including 84 full-length manuscripts, 64 abstracts, and two textbooks. He has attracted more than $15 million in National Institutes of Health funding. While at the University of South Alabama, he was appointed as the Louis Lenore Locke Distinguished Professor and here at UK he holds the Children’s Miracle Network Endowed Professorship.

"The past 11 years at the University of Kentucky have been among the most rewarding in my life. With the support of the community, we were able to create a state-of-the-art Children's Hospital and recruit nationally known experts to Kentucky,” Mankad said. “There is a need to do more, and I am sure the leadership of the University of Kentucky will continue the tradition of strong commitment to children's services."

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