Mendiratta Receives Science Department Alumnus Award
Monday, November 25, 2013
By Jillian Ellis
Lee University’s Natural Science and Math Department named Dr. Sudave Mendiratta its Distinguished Alum of the Year at a homecoming breakfast earlier this month.
Mendiratta graduated from Lee in 2001 summa cum laude with a bachelor’s of science in biochemistry.
While at Lee, Mendiratta distinguished himself by serving as a teaching assistant, peer tutor and contributing to two major research projects while completing his degree in three years. In 2001 he received the department’s Most Outstanding Graduate Award.
“While working with Sudave on research, he always seemed to me more like a graduate than an undergraduate student in appearance, ability and dedication,” said Assistant Professor of Biology John Hisey.
Following his Lee graduation, Mendiratta continued his work at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, serving as a teaching assistant, small group leader and book discussion leader. He graduated Vanderbilt with his Doctor of Medicine in 2005 earning the Medical Student Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award.
Mendiratta’s internship and residency were at Emory University School of Medicine where he earned 11 awards for excellence and finished as chief resident of the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2008. Subsequently, he joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga where he rose to Assistant Professor, the Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency, and the Medical Student Course Director.
In the Tennessee College of Emergency Physicians, Mendiratta has served as co-program chair, a member of the board of directors, and is the president-elect. In addition, he has served as the interim medical director of EmCare at Erlanger Hospital and the interim medical examiner for Hamilton County, Tenn.
“When reviewing our recent alumni, we as a department wanted to identify a person that has become not only successful, but someone that is contributing significantly to the community,” said department chair Dr. Paul DeLaLuz. “We believed that Dr. Mendiratta exemplifies this quality and is an alumnus that our current and future students can strive to model in their future careers.”
Mendiratta has been a member of seven professional societies and 19 medical committees and task forces, and in the last three years, has given 19 regional and 16 international invited lectures.