Iraklis Pipinos, M.D., Ph.D. - Outstanding Mentor of Junior Faculty

April 19, 2017

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Iraklis Pipinos, M.D., Ph.D.

Iraklis Pipinos, M.D., Ph.D., professor, surgery-general surgery, College of Medicine, will receive the Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Junior Faculty at Thursday's annual faculty meeting.

Faculty awards

The Faculty Senate recognizes faculty for meritorious teaching, service or mentoring at its annual meeting, which this year will be at 4 p.m. on Thursday in the Durham Research Center Auditorium.

Awardees are:

Outstanding Teacher Award

  • Justin Mott, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor & medical assistant director, biochemistry and molecular biology, College of Medicine;
  • Diego Torres-Russotto, M.D., associate professor, neurological sciences, College of Medicine;
  • Catherine Binstock, instructor, College of Nursing-Omaha Division; and
  • Dawn Venema, Ph.D., assistant professor, physical therapy education, College of Allied Health Professions.

Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Graduate Students Award

  • Corri Hanson, Ph.D., associate professor, medical nutrition education, College of Allied Health Professions

Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Junior Faculty Award

  • Iraklis Pipinos, M.D., professor, surgery-general surgery, College of Medicine
  • Bernice Yates, Ph.D., professor, College of Nursing-Omaha Division

  • Name: Iraklis Pipinos, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Title: Vascular surgeon
  • Joined UNMC: 2001
  • Hometown: Rhodes, Greece, and Omaha, Neb.

With how many junior faculty members do you work? Five.

What are the greatest rewards of mentoring?
When I work with junior faculty, I always remember my own mentors -- the people who made a great difference in my career like Drs. George Casale, Tim Baxter, Alex Shepard and Jae Cho. Somehow, in this process, I feel that I get to know these excellent physicians and scientists a little better, and it makes me very happy to be in a position to share all the knowledge and experience they shared with me.

Describe a moment when you realized your influence made a difference in someone's career.
It was the first time a junior faculty member I worked with received his first extramural grant. It was a truly joyous moment!

List three things few people know about you.

  • I am from an island in Greece named Kasos and moved to the United States when I was 24 years old.
  • The two mentors I admire the most are my father Elias and my wife Kostoula.
  • The majority of my clinical practice is at the Omaha VA hospital. I really love taking care of our veterans. They are the most kind, loyal and unselfish people.


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John Davis
April 22, 2017 at 6:16 PM

Congratulations, Iraklis!!

Duy Ha
April 19, 2017 at 5:05 PM

Congratulations Dr. Pipinos!! You are a great mentor and I am so happy you are getting the recognition you deserve!

Sarah Gloden Carlson
April 19, 2017 at 1:41 PM

Congratulations, Iraklis!

Sean L
April 19, 2017 at 1:25 PM

Nice work!

Gleb Haynatzki
April 19, 2017 at 9:21 AM

Iraklis is outstanding in both research and mentoring! Congratulations, Iraklis!

Laura egler
April 19, 2017 at 8:06 AM

Congratulations Dr. Pipinos! It is very well deserved!

Kusum kharbanda
April 19, 2017 at 7:11 AM

Congratulations!! A well-deserved recognition!!

Betty Chin
April 19, 2017 at 5:11 AM

Congratulations, Iraklis!!