Opipari set to complete service as chair of Pediatric and Communicable Diseases; Martin named interim chair

June 22, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

Valerie Opipari, M.D., will complete her service as chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at the close of her current term on June 30.

During her 15 years as chair, Opipari’s leadership has been felt throughout the department and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

She led a monumental expansion in the care of pediatric patients along with the opening of the current C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Under her leadership, the department launched more than 87 new clinical programs and expanded from 11 to 17 specialty divisions. All 10 pediatric disciplines are ranked in the top ten by U.S. News & World Report, and Mott was recognized as having one of the top medical school pediatric training departments in the country. The department’s research program, which has focused on supporting and developing its faculty and trainees, is thriving with committed funding awards totaling over $26M in 2017 and $28M YTD in 2018.

Opipari has also impacted many in the pediatric community through her mentorship, engagement and leadership within numerous professional national societies and associations. Her national visibility as a leader in academic pediatrics has enhanced the reputation of the department, Mott and the institution. Her ideas and commitment to develop and steward research programs across disciplines that care for children has resulted in local and national community engagement, remarkable philanthropic support, creation of multiple centers, the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Initiative and, most recently, establishment of the Chad Carr Pediatric Brain Tumor Center.

Please join the organization in expressing gratitude and appreciation for Opipari’s dedication and service as chair for the past 15 years.

Effective July 1, Donna Martin, M.D., Ph.D., will take over as interim chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases. Martin is currently director of Pediatric Genetics, Metabolism & Genomic Medicine; the Donita B. Sullivan, M.D. Research Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases; and the associate director of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). She is also a Taubman Scholar, a councilor for the American Society of Clinical Investigation, a member of the board of directors for the American Society of Human Genetics, and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation.

Martin completed her undergraduate degree at Michigan Technological University and obtained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from U-M. She also completed medical school, a pediatric residency and postdoctoral research fellowship at U-M.

Please welcome Martin in her role as interim chair!