Mentoring Program

The NLA mentoring program was established to help develop the next generation of leaders in the field of Lipidology by pairing early-career members with established NLA members. The mentoring program provides mentees an opportunity to interact with lipid experts from diverse backgrounds, types of practice, and geographic regions, as well as the opportunity to gain valuable guidance and career advice relating to their growth in the field of Lipidology.

Lipid-focused trainees (Associate Members of the NLA) and early career members are encouraged to submit a request to be paired with a mentor. In addition, the NLA is always looking for lipid experts to serve as mentors for our early-career members. 

Mentoring partnerships are set with the expectation of a 2-year commitment, allowing time for the partners to set and accomplish both short and long term goals related to development in the field of Lipidology.

When applying for the program, each mentor and mentee are prompted to identify one or more tracks that best represent their experience or goals. These three tracks are:

Clinical Track - This track focuses on those interested in primarily providing clinical lipid care with considerations of establishing a preventive program, running a lipid clinic, community/medical education, etc.

Academic Track - This track focuses on those interested in working in academia with a primary focus in lipid based areas.

Research Track (Basic Science or Clinical Research) - This track focuses on those interested in performing research in lipid based areas and those that would like to gain knowledge in research methodology, publishing, and grant writing. The research track is subdivided into two parts: one focused on bench/basic science research involving low patient interaction and the other focused on clinical research, including clinical trials.

How to Join the Mentoring Program

Mentors: Once your application is received it will be processed and approved by the NLA Early Career Development Committee. Approved Mentors will become part of a pool of mentors and will be paired with one or more mentees as they apply to the program. 

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Apply to be a mentor today

Request a Mentor


Mentees: Once your application is received you will be paired with a current mentor in the program. You will receive an email with contact information and details for your mentor, and they will receive a similar email about you.

Meet the Mentors

Current NLA Mentors Include:

Lori Alexander, MSHS, RD, CCRC, CLS, FNLA
Vera Bittner, MD, MSPH, FNLA
Robert Block, MD, MPH, FNLA
J. Chris Bradberry, PharmD, CLS, FNLA
Dean Bramlett, MD, FNLA
Eliot Brinton, MD, FNLA
Alan Brown, MD, FNLA
Susan Dimick, MD, MS
Sergio Fazio, MD, PhD, FNLA
Edward Gill, MD, FNLA
Edward Goldenberg, MD, FNLA
Linda Hemphill, MD, FNLA
Elizabeth Jackson, MSN, CLS, FNLA
Carol Kirkpatrick, PhD, MPH, RDN, CLS, FNLA
Richard Kones, MD, PhD, DSc
Gina Lundberg, MD
Catherine McNeal, MD, PhD, FNLA
Guy Mintz, MD, FNLA
Carl Orringer, MD, FNLA
Gregory Pokrywka, MD, FNLA
Cynthia Rodriguez, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, CLS, FNLA
Joyce Ross, MSN, CRNP, CLS, FNLA
Joseph Saseen, PharmD, CLS, FNLA
Morton Saunders, DO, FNLA
Donald Smith, MD, MPH, FNLA
Daniel Soffer, MD, FNLA
Robert Wild, MD, MPH, PhD, FNLA
Kay-Eileen Willard, MD, FNLA
Don Wilson, MD, FNLA
Paul Ziajka, MD, PhD, FNLA

Publish Date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 01:30

This page was last updated: Nov 15, 2022