Meet a PennMedicine Researcher
Harold I. Feldman, M.D., MSCE
Harold I. Feldman, M.D., MSCE, is the George S. Pepper Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology & Medicine. He is also the Director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB), as well as Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Dr. Feldman is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in renal epidemiology and is an award winning teacher who has made exemplary contributions to undergraduate and graduate medical education.
Dr. Feldman is widely recognized as an outstanding mentor, and received the Arthur Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in 2010. His mentees describe his generosity, good humor, selflessness, wisdom, integrity and his unwavering commitment to research excellence. One colleague stated that he “appears to mentor out of the pure joy of being a part of and seeing the success in others.” He is known particularly for his listening skills. A senior faculty noted that “listening is not trivial as a skill for mentoring, because in interacting with Harv you feel heard. He is most careful to ask questions to show he is trying to understand your point of view. More than that, he helps you to clarify your point of view.” He is widely recognized for his genuine concern and interest in mentoring the whole person and helping his mentees navigate the challenges of balancing productive and happy personal and professional lives. He is credited with being a role model for those former mentees who now serve as mentors.
Several of Dr. Feldman’s current and former mentees describe the mentoring experience with him to be transformational and empowering. A colleague states, “Once or twice during one’s academic career, a colleague touches one’s life in a way that has a transformational informational influence. Such individuals have the capacity to look beyond the usual cherishing and nurturing the gifts of others. They have the fortitude to build professional opportunities for younger persons from their work. Ultimately they empower younger colleagues so that they can find their own unique and personal vision as academicians and independent investigators. Dr. Harold (Harv) Feldman is one of those unusual and extraordinary persons with these qualities.”