Thank you, Dr. Shekhar!

Thank you, Dr. Shekhar!

Anantha Shekhar

Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, is leaving IU after nearly 40 years of dedicated service. He’s leaving huge shoes to fill as he vacates his many posts, including as executive associate dean for research affairs for IU School of Medicine, founding director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, distinguished professor, associate vice president for clinical affairs, and executive vice president of academic affairs for clinical research at IU Health.

Through the many hats he has worn over the years, and his commitment to collaboration, he has no doubt touched your life too. So please, take a minute to share (via comment below) with Dr. Shekhar what he has meant to you during his time at IU and wish him well down in the “Pitts”!

|2020-06-26T09:27:14-04:00April 27th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|50 Comments


  1. James Dudley
    Jessica Hall April 27, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Dr. Shekhar, we will miss you at IU, but All IN for Health will live on in your honor! Best wishes!

  2. James Dudley
    Anna Carrera April 27, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    We’re grateful for all your contributions! Best of luck in the Steel City!

  3. James Dudley
    Christine Drury April 28, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Dr. Shekhar – thank you for your support of communications and marketing! Wishing you much happiness during this next chapter of your career.

  4. James Dudley
    Jeremy April 28, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Good luck in Pittsburgh, we will miss your vision for a healthier Indiana.

  5. James Dudley
    Peter Embi April 28, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Anantha – Thank you for your leadership, vision, and support! Wishing you well as you begin this next chapter. We will miss you!

  6. James Dudley
    Lindsay True April 28, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Dr. Shekhar – Thank you for being a wonderful leader at IUSM. I know I have learned a great deal from you and appreciate the support you’ve always provided to staff. We will certainly miss you!

  7. James Dudley
    Craig Vetor April 28, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Best wishes, Dr. Shekhar! It’s been a pleasure working with you and watching IU climb in the rankings under your leadership!

  8. James Dudley
    Rachel Herndon April 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Dr. Shekhar – I have thoroughly enjoyed working for you at CTSI for the last 10 years. Your wonderful leadership and genuineness is felt throughout the whole organization. You will be greatly missed.

  9. James Dudley
    Jennifer Bufford April 28, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    Dr. Shekhar, You will not only be missed in Indiana as your leadership and vision has permeated the greater Midwest, influencing Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, and beyond. You’ve provided tremendous leadership to the Midwest Area Research Consortium for Health (MARCH) and the UW-Madison CTSA. Thank you and best wishes.

  10. James Dudley
    Sarah Wiehe April 29, 2020 at 6:40 am

    Our institution and state have benefited enormously from your leadership and tireless commitment to improving health outcomes in Indiana. On a personal note, I am so thankful for your mentorship and all of the opportunities that you have provided for me. I am incredibly fortunate! Cheers to you!!

  11. James Dudley
    Emily Hardwick April 29, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Thank you Dr. Shekhar for your leadership over the IU School of Medicine and Indiana CTSI translational research enterprise! We are incredibly thankful for your commitment to community engagement over the past 12 years as it has allowed us to have a more impactful presence throughout the state because of the resources you have dedicated to our efforts! I personally want to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to grow professionally with the Indiana CTSI! Thank you and wish you all the best!

  12. James Dudley
    Wendy Crandall April 29, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Dr. Shekhar – Words cannot express how very sad I am that you are leaving. It has been an honor and a blessing to be able to work with you. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to have supported you in the IU School of Medicine, and I respect you greatly. A person of your caliber – philanthropic, considerate, humorous, amiable, brilliant, aspiring – is truly a rare gem in this world. Best wishes as you continue with accomplishing amazing things wherever you are! Though always know…you will be missed!!

  13. James Dudley
    Amy Wright April 29, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Dr. Shekhar – It has been a pleasure working with you, although it was just a short period of time. Thank you for your strong leadership and best wishes to you!

  14. James Dudley
    Patty McGuire April 29, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Dr. Shekhar – I am sorry to see you go however I am happy for you, as you move on to an exciting new opportunity. You have challenged me in my current role and I have learned a lot under your leadership. You will be missed!

  15. James Dudley
    Rob Dimmitt April 29, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Dr. Shekhar – I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for your leadership, mentorship, and friendship over the years. It has been an honor to be part of your team. Your work and dedication at IU will leave a lasting mark that will be felt for years to come on our school, our state, and the health of Hoosiers. I wish you all the best and look forward to hearing about your future accomplishments. You will be missed! Cheers!

  16. James Dudley
    Heidi Gibbs April 29, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    You will be greatly missed, thanks for everything you have done for the School and Surgery in particular! Congratulations and best wishes to you!

  17. James Dudley
    Yunlong Liu April 29, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks for what you have done for our campus, and thanks for the wonderful mentorship you have offered to numerous faculty like me. Best luck with your next endeavor! We will miss you!

  18. James Dudley
    Krista Hoffmann-Longtin April 29, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you for all you have done for IU! Your commitment to collaborative leadership and creative approach to solving problems have taught me so much as a researcher and emerging leader. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you!

  19. James Dudley
    Subha Raman April 29, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    I am very grateful for Dr. Shekhar’s engagement in launching the Cardiovascular Institute and for his guidance during my start here. An exemplary leader and human being! Thank you.

  20. James Dudley
    Matt Neal April 29, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Dear Anantha: it has been an honor to work with you, as you have been a wonderful advocate for research at the regional campuses such as IUH Ball Memorial. We will treasure your wonderful leadership always and wish you the best of luck in your new position. You will have left very large shoes to fill.

  21. James Dudley
    Debbie Ungar April 29, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Dr. Shekhar–Your leadership, intellect and compassion will be so missed. Wishing you all of the best in your new home.

  22. James Dudley
    Chandy John April 29, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Dear Anantha, We have been so lucky to have you leading the CTSI at IUSM. Our research group in malaria is so grateful for your visionary leadership, and for your strong support of all of our work. The University of Pittsburgh Medical School will thrive under your leadership, and we hope we’ll still work together across the state and university lines. You are so gracious and kind, always, and none of us here will ever forget your amazing work and stellar ability to bring out the best in people.

  23. James Dudley
    Patrick Sheets April 29, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Anantha, It has been a privilege learning from you. You are truly inspiring. Despite your unbelievably busy schedule, you always found time for your students, your colleagues, and for a casual conversation in passing. I wish you the best! I have a collaboration with a Pitt researcher, so if I’m in town, I hope we can chat for a few seconds. Thank you and congratulations.

  24. James Dudley
    Stacy Robinson April 29, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Dr. Shekhar – It has been an absolute honor to work with you. I have greatly appreciated your kind and visionary leadership. I wish all the best to you!

  25. James Dudley
    Tim Corson April 30, 2020 at 7:49 am

    Dr. Shekhar, thank you for your guiding hand over the CTSI, the IU School of Medicine, and my career since I first joined IU! You have benefitted countless lives here, from community members and patients, to students, faculty, and staff. You are an exemplar of leadership and a great gain to Pittsburgh. Congratulations on the new position, and congratulations on receiving the President’s Medal – a well-deserved honor.

  26. James Dudley
    Gerry Oxford April 30, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Anantha, congratulations on the new position. You’ve been a terrific colleague and friend to myself and so many others at IU. Pitt is extremely fortunate that you chose to accept their offer. They will learn exactly how fortunate in the coming years. All the best.

  27. James Dudley
    Matthew Allen April 30, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Anantha, It’s been personally transformational to watch your leadership over the years. Thank you for showing how a leader can be genuine, easy to approach, willing to do the right thing even when it’s not easy/popular, and transformative to an organization. You have impacted me more than you will ever know. Take care and hope our paths cross again.

  28. James Dudley
    Susan Ball April 30, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Dr. Shekhar, congratulations on your award and transition to Pittsburgh. Your influence in my life and career has been immense. Thank you.

  29. James Dudley
    Robert F. Clark, ex-IU Health Values Coordinator April 30, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Anantha Shekhar, M.D., Ph.D

    Congratulations on receiving the IU Medal of Excellence.

    Best wishes for an equally successful career at Stephen Beering, M.D., Ph,D ‘s alma mater, The University of Pittsburg.

    Just as Beering was a former Dean of the IU School of Medicine (1974-1982) and President of Purdue University (1984-2000), we expect you to be the next The University of Pittsburg.School of Medicine Dean and the after that the next President of the University of Pittsburg.

    With your impressive fundraising ability, innovative leadership and friendly personality you go far at “Pitt”.

  30. James Dudley
    Andrew Dahlem May 1, 2020 at 6:02 am

    Dr.Shekhar is an amazing leader, businessman and scientist. His passion for science and collaboration have helped build research collaborations at both the federal and local levels with government, corporate and private support. We will miss him at IU, but celebrate his success as he takes his incredible talent to Pittsburgh.

  31. James Dudley
    Nate Sparks May 1, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Dr. Shekhar, thank you for your vision and leadership here at IU. You have been a tremendous asset to this University. Best of luck in Pittsburgh!

  32. James Dudley
    Thomas Hurley May 1, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    Anantha – I want to wish you well at Pitt (even though I am a Penn State grad!). I am deeply indebted to the trust and support you have showed toward me over the past 3 years. Thank you!

  33. James Dudley
    Jonathan Merrell May 1, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Dr. Shekhar, you were the first one to believe in the kind of work that I am doing here at IU, and you have created great opportunities for me to learn and grow. I am indebted to you for your leadership and vision. You will be greatly missed. Pittsburg is a wonderful city that is being made a little more wonderful by you joining them.

  34. James Dudley
    Stephen Bogdewic May 1, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    There is no award than can give true and full credit to the enormous heart, spirit, and intellect of Anantha Shekhar. He is a remarkable leader, scholar, teacher, clinician and friend to so many of us. I treasure all of the moments for which I had the pleasure of working with Anantha and enjoying his company. He is the best!

  35. James Dudley
    Jake Lazarus May 1, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you Dr. Shekhar for giving me the opportunity in this position – I sure would not be doing this work i you hadn’t exposed me to the PHI in my administrative fellowship and given me the chance to work with the wonderful PHI team afterwards. It’s been a genuine pleasure getting to work with you over the last 3+ years. Wishing you the best of luck in your new position, and you will most certainly be missed here and near impossible to replace.

  36. James Dudley
    Dennis Savaiano May 1, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Anantha: You have done amazing work in Indiana. The people of the State, students, faculty and partners will forever be grateful to you and the leadership you provided. Pittsburg is indeed fortunate to have your leadership. You will be truly missed my friend!

  37. James Dudley
    Robert Aull May 5, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Anantha: I am so honored to have worked for two associate deans of research who went on to become deans of medical schools. You were such an excellent boss it made it very difficult for me to retire and I treasure the keepsake you gave me. While I scan the skies at night I’ll watch for your star, for it is certainly on the rise!

  38. James Dudley
    Shelly Timmons May 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Anantha, Best wishes to you in your new position. I thank you for being instrumental in bringing me to IU and wish we could have worked together on campus for longer, but I hope we can maintain collaborations in the future. Congratulations–Pittsburg will be fortunate to have you. Shelly Timmons

  39. James Dudley
    Sherry Knighton-Schwandt May 5, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Dear Anantha, Hearty congratulations on your new position in my home state of PA, and for receiving the IU President’s Medal for Excellence. IU will forever be indebted to you for your standard of excellence, vision, and leadership. Not only did you represent IU with excellence, but you were always kind in your communications. Kindness is what sets you a part as a great leader. We were indeed fortunate to have you among us all these years, and wish you and your family the best of what is ahead in Pittsburgh.

  40. James Dudley
    Peter Kissinger May 7, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Anantha, Congratulations! Indiana is better for your efforts over 4 decades and it’s fair to give Pennsylvania a chance too. Thank you for your collegiality and warm spirit. This we can use more of from our leaders.

  41. James Dudley
    Laurie Trevino May 7, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Dr. Shekhar, thank you for everything…. your support of the CRCs has been so greatly appreciated over the years. As has been noted many times already, your kindness and generosity are just two of the many qualities you possess that makes you such a visionary leader.

  42. James Dudley
    Rob Orr May 13, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Dr. Shekhar, thank you for your support and belief in the mission of the CTSL and SSF. We all wish you the best!

  43. James Dudley
    Ken White May 21, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Dear Anantha, congratulations on your new position, told colleagues at Pitt they will be very fortunate to have you and your leadership there. Thank you for all of your insight and support through the years, as well as setting us up to be successful in the future!

  44. James Dudley
    Marco Rankin May 21, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Dr. Shekhar, we’re so appreciative of all you’ve done. May God grant you much success and happiness in your next endeavors

  45. James Dudley
    Christie Orschell May 21, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Dear Anantha, best of luck to you in your new endeavor. You will certainly be missed at IU. We’ve both been here about as long as the other and shared a very dear friend back in the day, who would be so very happy for you.
    All the best to you!

  46. James Dudley
    Linda Altmeyer May 21, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Dr. Shekhar,

    Thank your for your leadership and always being a kind and thoughtful leader. Congratulations on your new position.

  47. James Dudley
    Bradley Allen May 21, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    So glad that we were able to cross paths that I was able to observe and benefit from your great work for IUSM, our faculty, and especially our students. We expect that the sunrise will be a little brighter in the East now that you will be there…

  48. James Dudley
    Holly Vonderheit May 26, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    It was such a pleasure to support your work. You are a talented and gracious leader. Look forward to following your achievements in the years ahead.

  49. James Dudley
    Jobeth Cox-Zimmerman May 26, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Best of luck to you Dr. Shekhar! It has been a true honor to work with you over the past 10 years at BioCrossroads. You are such a joy to be around and collaborate with…the Indianapolis community and the Indiana life sciences industry will miss you dearly. Best of luck to you and your family out east!

  50. James Dudley
    Ruben Vidal May 27, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Thank your so much for your many years of leadership, but most of all for always being kind and a great person. You will be truly missed. I wish you the best at Pitt.

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