Susan Frayne, MD, MPH
Susan Frayne, MD, MPH, is the recipient of the 2017 HSR&D Daniel Deykin Award for Outstanding Mentor, which is presented each year to an HSR&D researcher(s) who exhibits outstanding dedication in mentoring the next generation of researchers. Skills of particular importance include fostering appreciation for the vital input provided by VA stakeholders, including VA policymakers and Veterans, as well as guiding mentees toward a thorough understanding of the positive impact research can have on the health and care of Veterans.
A core investigator with HSR&D’s Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i), Dr. Frayne has been mentoring health services researchers for 23 years at various levels of their training, including research fellows, medical student scholars, and junior faculty. Her mentees also span a range of disciplines – from general internal medicine to mental health to the social sciences. In addition, Dr. Frayne supports the scholarly pursuits of investigators at VA facilities across the country, particularly in her role as Director of VA’s Women’s Health Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN). As one component of HSR&D’s Women’s Health Research Network, the PBRN is a national network of VA sites dedicated to accelerating healthcare research and quality improvement on issues affecting women Veterans.
Dr. Frayne is an extremely committed and supportive mentor. As stated by one of her mentees, Dr. Mintu Turakhia, Chief of Cardiac Electrophysiology, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and a former HSR&D Career Development Awardee, “Due in large part to Susan’s dedication, the [Career Development] award was funded on my first submission. Were it not for Susan’s time, support, dedication, attention to detail, and interest in my own career, there would have been virtually no chance that my grant would have been submitted or funded on the first cycle.”
Dr. Frayne provides the type of mentorship that helps young researchers become fully independent investigators, who greatly contribute to improving the VA healthcare system and the healthcare provided to our nation’s Veterans.