Defining Bravery

      Writing this piece about my friend and colleague, Randy Curtis, is truly an honor. When I began to contemplate the subject of a piece about Randy, the term “bravery” immediately came to mind. Why bravery? If we accept a definition of bravery as not being afraid of who we are, then what better characterizes Randy's approach to his family, his career, his mentees and colleagues, than being completely brave? Randy's willingness to simply be exactly who he is, which inspires his mentees to trust themselves and appreciate the importance of being true to themselves as a key to success, has distinguished Randy as an unusual mentor. In the highly competitive world of academic medicine and NIH grantsmanship, Randy has been able to maintain a remarkable balance between keeping a competitive edge while never losing his humanity. I would also suggest, this is precisely why he is such a beloved figure in our field.
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