Dr. Kutty named assistant dean for research and development at UNMC

December 22, 2017

Image with caption: Shelby Kutty, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.C.M.

Shelby Kutty, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.C.M.

Shelby Kutty, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.C.M., professor of pediatrics and internal medicine (cardiology) and vice chair of pediatrics, has been named assistant dean of research and development in the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine.

The appointment was announced by Bradley Britigan, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine, and Howard Fox, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate dean of research and development for the College of Medicine.

"This is all about growing our clinical research enterprise," said Dr. Fox, who is professor and executive vice chair of the UNMC Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience. "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."

A pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Kutty will work with Dr. Fox on developing strategies for accomplishing this goal. They hope to:

--leverage new funds in the research budget set aside for pilot funds to support innovative projects;

--utilize research design and statistical support from the College of Public Health to further build rigor and reproducibility in research;

--hold a research retreat at the Truhlsen Events Center to help build research contacts and collaborations in the College of Medicine; and

--develop research and mentoring opportunities for medical students, residents and fellows.

Dr. Kutty earned his medical degree from Manipal University in India and his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska and the University of Amsterdam. He also has a master’s degree in healthcare management from Harvard University.

He did his pediatric residency training at Miami Children’s Hospital and pediatric cardiology fellowships at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

From 2006-2008, Dr. Kutty served as an instructor in pediatrics at Medical College of Wisconsin. In 2008, he joined UNMC as named assistant professor, pediatrics. He was elevated to associate professor in 2012 and to professor in 2017.

A prodigious researcher, Dr. Kutty has published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and 220 peer-reviewed abstracts and serves on the editorial boards of six cardiology journals. He currently holds three extramural research grants, including one from the National Institutes of Health using microbubbles and ultrasound for treatment of endocarditis.

He has been named a fellow in four national organizations - American Academy of Pediatrics, American Society of Echocardiography, American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association - Council of Cardiovascular Disease in the Young.

Among his awards, Dr. Kutty received the UNMC Distinguished Scientist Award as well as the Inspirational Mentor of Educators Award from UNMC.

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