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Dedicated Mentor to Retire: NIDCD’s Dan Sklare Receives Award of Excellence


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Daniel A. Sklare, Ph.D.

Daniel A. Sklare, Ph.D., who has served as the research training officer within the NIDCD Division of Scientific Programs for the past 23 years, has announced that he will retire in January 2015. During his tenure at the NIDCD, Dr. Sklare has worked tirelessly to recruit and support a new generation of clinician-scientists working on disorders of human communication, particularly physicians who specialize in otolaryngology, or diseases of the ear, nose, and throat.  As a mentor to many young clinicians interested in conducting research, Dr. Sklare encourages them to follow a path that builds a strong research foundation and increases their chances of future success.

Dr. Sklare’s dedication to improving the lives of individuals with communication disorders precedes his service as the NIDCD research and training officer. Dr. Sklare completed his doctoral training at Wayne State University in 1984.  He began his career at the audiology and speech pathology service of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and came to the NIH Intramural Research Program in 1986 to serve as a clinical and research audiologist. Between 1990 and 2003, he served as director of the Balance and Vestibular Sciences Program within the newly formed NIDCD. Dr. Sklare became the research training officer of the Extramural Programs at NIDCD in 1991. From 2008 through the fall of 2012, he served as both NIDCD research training officer and director of the NIDCD research program in the assessment and management of hearing and balance disorders. When he retires, Dr. Sklare will have dedicated 31 years of service to the federal government.

As a tribute to Dr. Sklare’s career achievements, he was recently honored with an NIDCD Award of Excellence, a prestigious award for NIDCD staff members who have made significant and exceptional contributions to the NIDCD mission. The award recognizes Dr. Sklare’s “longstanding commitment to the NIDCD research and training program, including dedicated, heartfelt, and successful mentoring of trainees.” NIDCD Director James F. Battey. Jr., M.D., Ph.D., presented the award November 13, at the 2014 NIDCD Director’s Recognition Ceremony in Bethesda, Maryland.

“Dr. Sklare has shown extraordinary leadership in NIDCD training and career development programs,” said Judith A. Cooper, Ph.D., NIDCD’s Deputy Director and director of the NIDCD Division of Scientific Programs. “One of Dan’s unique skills lies in his capacity to influence training and career development at many levels, whether at the level of the individual principal investigator seeking advice, developing new programs addressing unmet training needs for the NIDCD, or considering larger community issues as the Trans-NIH Training Advisory Committee.  Dan has been a thoughtful and influential force for research training and career development across the NIDCD mission areas. One could not have wished for a better colleague.  We will miss him, and yet we wish him well in his new endeavors.”

The entire NIDCD community thanks Dr. Sklare for his many contributions to the institute’s mission and wishes him all the best in his retirement. Alberto Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D., recently joined the NIDCD and will serve as the institute’s research training officer.


Last Updated Date: 
December 23, 2014