Rymer receives The Mario Family Foundation Award

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Jennifer Rymer, MD, MBA, cardiovascular disease fellow, will receive The Mario Family Foundation Award, which supports junior investigators in training to make the transition to become independent scientists and planning for their first extra-mural funding.

Dr. Rymer's proposal, "Patient Perceptions of Care and the Impact on Outcomes in the Post-MI Population," will study how patient satisfaction scores correlate with actual patient outcomes.

"This project will help us better understand our daily practice measures and builds on research Jenn has been doing on patient follow up," said Manesh Patel, MD, chief of the Division of Cardiology. "Jenn is beginning a promising research career, and this award provides generous support as she continues her fellowship training."

The Mario Family Foundation was founded by Ernest Mario, PhD, in 1997. Dr. Mario is a native of New Jersey. He received a bachelor of science in Pharmacy from Rutgers University, and Masters and PhD degrees in Physical Sciences from the University of Rhode Island. During his distinguished career, he held a variety of leadership roles in several pharmaceutical companies. In recognition of his leadership in the pharmaceutical industry and support for the school, the Rutgers school of pharmacy was renamed the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in 2002. Dr. Mario served on the Duke Board of Trustees, and he was chairman of the Duke University Health System board of directors. He was named Trustee Emeritus of Duke University in 2007, and is the second longest serving trustee in the school’s history. He was awarded The University Medal in 2009, Duke’s highest recognition of service to the school.