Don Molony, M.D., professor in the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension in the Department of Internal Medicine, is the recipient of the 2017 Herbert L. and Margaret W. DuPont Master Clinical Teaching Award.
Established in 2001 and made possible by a gift from the DuPonts, the award recognizes and preserves the essence and quality of the master clinical teacher, reflecting McGovern Medical School’s top priority of quality clinical medical education.
Molony said he was honored and surprised by the award. “Surprised mostly because there are so many other worthy people to win the award and honored in the same vein,” he said.
Molony received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego Medical School in La Jolla and completed his residency in internal medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital-Southwestern Medical School, where he also completed a fellowship in nephrology.
He counts among his teaching mentors Dr. Don Seldin, first chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern, and Dr. Tom Andreoli, former chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, who recruited him to the medical school in 1984.
“I think teaching should be creative and always centered on the students’ learning needs and where they are ‘coming from’ in their learning,” he said of his teaching philosophy. “My goal is to utilize any method that will allow the learner to most effectively incorporate new material so that they can effectively use this new knowledge to inform patient care and to advance safety and quality of care.”
Seeing students thrive is his favorite part of teaching, he added. “I have received unsolicited feedback from students on how their interaction with me as a teacher has changed their professional direction, and for me that is most rewarding,” he said.
Molony is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and by the American Board of Internal Medicine for Nephrology. His area of interests include chronic kidney disease, metabolic bone disease, anemia, toxic renal disease, and evidence-based nephrology.
Previous recipients of the DuPont award are Gabriel Aisenberg, M.D., 2015; Mark Hormann, M.D., 2014; Mark Farnie, M.D., 2013; John Foringer, M.D., 2012; Pedro Mancias, M.D., 2011; Phil Johnson, M.D., 2010; Francisco Fuentes, M.D., 2009; Cheves Smythe, M.D., 2008; Eugene Toy, M.D., 2007; John Sparks, M.D., 2006; Victor Lavis, M.D., 2005; Philip Orlander, M.D., 2004; Ian Butler, M.D., 2003; Patrick Brosnan, M.D., 2002; and Frank Arnett, M.D., 2001.