STAR Graduates’ Successes

Several graduates have achieved leadership positions, including Program Directors, Division Chiefs, Department Chairs in Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Anesthesiology, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, Medical Director, Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Officer, Chief Health Officer, and Director of Science and Policy for the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States. Additional stats of interest include:


"UCLA STAR encourages you to lead rather than to follow and that’s the path that most awardees take.
They choose to reach for the stars rather than sit back and admire them."

  • Tamer Sallam, MD, PhD, STAR Program Executive Co-Director
Continued in research positions either within academia (72%) or industry (8%)
Obtained an NIH K or other type of career development award
Received an NIH R01 or equivalent grant
STAR graduates in the first 25 years