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2018 Mellins Awardee

Don B Sanders

Don B. Sanders, MD

In 2013, the ATS Foundation and the Pediatrics Assembly established the Robert B. Mellins, MD, Outstanding Achievement Endowed Award honoring Dr. Mellins’ legacy as a founder of pediatric pulmonology.

The 2018 awardee of the Robert B Mellins, MD, Outstanding Achievement Endowed Award is Don B. Sanders, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Sanders completed his B.S. in chemistry at the University of Notre Dame in 1999, graduating magna cum laude. He then received his M.D. from Northwestern University and later, as a fellow, received a M.S. in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health. He completed a Pediatrics Residency at Northwestern and a Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship at the University of Washington. After finishing his fellowship, he joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin. In 2016, he was recruited to Riley Hospital for Children (Indiana University School of Medicine) because of his strong leadership and outstanding research portfolio. Currently, Dr. Sanders is working on elucidating the microbiome during early exacerbations in young children with cystic fibrosis.

“Dr. Sanders could not be a more humble, selfless and hardworking colleague. He is the type of person we all want in our Sections. All of the faculty in the Division truly feel lucky to have such a wonderful colleague and thought leader within our group. He quietly and diligently focuses on his research to improve the understanding of early cystic fibrosis pathogenesis. Dr. Sanders is in an excellent position to contribute significantly to the lifelong health of people with CF. He will continue to emerge as a leader both nationally and internationally” – said Dr. Clement L. Ren, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center, and Associate Section Chief at Indiana University, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine.

Congratulations, Dr. Sanders!


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