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The 2018 Champion of Diversity Award Presented to Dr. Neal Swerdlow

Neal Swerdlow, M.D., Ph.D., was selected as the recipient of the Faculty Champion of Diversity Award for 2018. Dr. Swerdlow was selected because of his commitment to promoting diversity at UCSD through numerous activities in his leadership roles as Director of the Research Residency Track and Vice Chair of Education and Training in the Department of Psychiatry. For example, in his role as the Vice Chair for Education in our Department, he has helped to sponsor and encourage the development of programs that improve our Department climate and enhance the diversity of our training programs. Further, Dr. Swerdlow’s commitment to promoting diversity is exemplified in his work increase the pipeline of under-represented medical students interested in pursuing academic research careers. As an example, Dr. Swerdlow designed and directs the Summer Research Fellowship for Under-Represented Medical Students, which is supported by an NIMH R25 that was recently renewed with a perfect score for another five years. The Department appreciates, as stated by his nominator, “the amount of dedication, creativity, resourcefulness and sheer effort that Dr. Swerdlow has dedicated to the important goal of enhancing diversity in mental health research and practice.”