We are thrilled to announce that Dilip V. Jeste, MD, is one of the recipients of the 2019–2020 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Award.
"Each year, these awards are given in recognition of the exceptional mentors who contribute to making UC San Diego one of the best research institutions in the nation," said Miroslav Krstic, PhD, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, UC San Diego during the Chancellor's Awards Reception honoring awardees on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, following the Annual Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium.
These prestigious awards recognize faculty mentors who provide guidance, support, and inspiration in research and career essential to the success of postdoctoral scholars, individuals who have recently completed a doctoral degree and, under the oversight of a faculty mentor, continue research training in preparation for a career in academia, government, or the nonprofit sector.
Mentoring trainees for over thirty years, Dr. Jeste has made an incredible mark in the field. Starting with just one fellow, he developed a geriatric psychiatry program at UC San Diego and VA San Diego Healthcare System; today, it is one of the largest geriatric psychiatry divisions anywhere, with major clinical, research, and training components. Dr. Jeste's trainees have gone to pursue their research and clinical careers in a number of prestigious institutions, health center, and universities, including here at UC San Diego. He continues to oversee training programs on multiple levels, from those meant for underrepresented minority high-school students, to postdoctoral scholars and fellows.
In addition to serving as chief of the Geriatric Psychiatry Division at UC San Diego, Dr. Jeste is senior associate dean for healthy aging and senior care, distinguished professor of psychiatry and neurosciences, Estelle and Edgar Levi Memorial Chair in Aging, director of the Center for Healthy Aging and Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, and codirector of IBM-UCSD Artificial Intelligence Center for Healthy Living at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.
Dr. Jeste was nominated by Sarah Graham, PhD—his current trainee, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Graham's nomination was supported by past trainees who are now faculty members at UC San Diego—a junior faculty member Ellen Lee, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and one of Dr. Jeste's first trainees, Barton Palmer, PhD, professor of psychiatry at UC San Diego.
"I have known Dr. Jeste for more than twenty-five years. I first came to UC San Diego as a postdoc and fellow myself. I had a number of great mentors during my graduate school and clinical training, but Dr. Jeste really took me under his wings and helped me develop my research career," said Dr. Palmer.
"He is an exceptional mentor. He's kind and caring and, at the same time, he has challenged me and pushed the boundaries of what I'm comfortable with, which has really helped me develop personally and professionally," added Dr. Lee.
"What sets Dr. Jeste apart as a mentor is that you really have the whole package of support. You have intellectual support. You have access to one of the greatest minds that I've ever met. You have total hands-on involvement, really active and proactive support. He's a wonderful advocate for all of his trainees," said Elizabeth Twamley, PhD, professor of psychiatry.