Dr. Kutty named assistant dean for research and development

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 UNMC College of Medicine.

The Kutty file

  • M.B.B.S. – Calicut University, India
  • M.D. – Manipal University, India
  • Ph.D. – University of Nebraska/University of Amsterdam
  • M.H.C.M. (master’s in healthcare management) – Harvard University
  • Pediatrics residency – Miami Children’s Hospital (2001-2003)
  • Pediatric cardiology fellowship – Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2003-2006)
  • Pediatric cardiology fellowship – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (2006-2007)
  • Instructor, pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin (2006-2008)
  • Assistant professor, pediatrics, UNMC (2008-2012)
  • Associate professor, pediatrics, UNMC (2012-2017)
  • Professor, pediatrics, UNMC (2017)
  • Also holds appointments in cellular and integrative physiology, internal medicine and radiology
  • Vice chair, pediatrics (2017)
  • Director of cardiac imaging (2011-present)
  • Director of research, pediatric cardiology (2011-present)
  • Impact in Education Awards – Inspirational Mentor of Educators Award, UNMC (2016)
  • Distinguished Scientist Award, UNMC (2016)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Fellow, American Society of Echocardiography
  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology
  • Fellow, American Heart Association – Council of Cardiovascular Disease in the Young
  • Serves on editorial board of six cardiology journals
  • Published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and 220 peer-reviewed abstracts
  • Currently holds three extramural research grants, including one from the National Institutes of Health using microbubbles and ultrasound for treatment of endocarditis
  • Has two extramural grants pending
  • Has delivered talks nationally and internationally at more than 50 scientific conferences
  • Wife, Shaija, of 19 years is a UNMC physician; they have one daughter, Ameya, and two sons, Aaron and Ayan.
  • Research profile

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.

Integral to this growth will be working closely with the clinical as well as the basic research department chairs to not only build clinical research but also strengthen the collaborations between departments for interdisciplinary and translational work.

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.

Dr. Fox said the retreat would be developed by a small group from the Research and Development Committee and other researchers. He envisions it taking place over just a few hours on an afternoon or an evening.

When a date and format for the retreat are determined, Dr. Fox said all investigators on campus will be notified. Complete details also will be available in UNMC Today.

“We are confident that we can make an impact on our research and academic enterprise,” Dr. Kutty said. “We just need to make a commitment to get the job done. I want to encourage all our researchers to get behind this initiative and turn out for the retreat. It will be well worth their time.”

Clinical and translational research has been an area of accelerated growth here on campus. Both NIH as well as industry-funded work has continued to grow in the College of Medicine. With his new appointment, Dr. Kutty will accelerate this growth and help provide clinical scientists with the resources and links to campus expertise to build sustainable research teams.

Dr. Britigan is highly supportive of this initiative. “We have great talent here and continue to recruit outstanding new faculty,” he said. “Having Dr. Kutty work with Dr. Fox and the Research and Development Committee will enable us to better support the academic mission of the college.”


  1. Sharon McLean says:

    Congratulations, Dr. Kutty!

  2. Tandra Pavan Kumar says:

    Good to hear Shelby

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  4. Hanh says:

    Congrats, Shelby!

  5. Tim Robinson says:

    Great news! Congratulations on the new role, Dr.Kutty

  6. Alicia Schiller says:

    Congratulations and well deserved, Dr. Kutty!

  7. Arwa Nasir says:

    Congratulations Shelby! Critical and needed mission.

  8. Chris Almond says:

    Shelby, extremely proud of you. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

  9. Melissa G says:

    Congratulations, Shelby!!

  10. Asst Prof Dr Beenish Samreen Hamid says:

    Simply excellent and great

  11. Andy Cochrane says:

    Great news! Congratulations and best wishes.

  12. Thaufeek Rahiman says:

    Congrats shelbykka.. "

  13. Suhail says:

    Hearty congratulations!!! Feeling so proud!!

  14. Sherin Shams Naranath says:

    Hearty Congratulations …

  15. Basheer Tharayil says:

    Congratulations Shelby and Shaija
    Great achievement

  16. Shailaja says:

    Congrats Shelby. Proud of u

  17. Azad Moopen Dr says:

    Heartiest Congratulations. Your passion and perseverance in clinical medicine and reserch is commendable.

  18. Dr Ginil Kumar Pooleri, Head of Urooncology, Amrita institute of medical Sciences, Kochi says:

    Congratulation Dr Shelby. Remarkable achievement, well deserved . Wish you all the best

  19. Dr.Mohammed Harriss says:

    Congratulations Shelby.Feeling proud to be Your classmate

  20. Abraham Ittyachen.M (Dr); Prof. of Medicine; M.O.S.C Medical College; Kolenchery; Ernakulam District; Kerala ; India. says:

    Congratulations Shelby; proud of you.

  21. Dr. Vandana Suresh says:

    Congratulations Shelby way to go.

  22. Dr Abdul Razak consultant Respiratory Medicine ,GH, Manjeri says:

    Congrats Shelby ,really proud of you

  23. Shahina Afzal koya says:

    Congratulations Shelby.May almighty bless you and guide you in all your endeavours.

  24. Neil Wilson says:

    Congratulations and best wishes!

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