Tufts MC True Blue Recipient: Danielle Riggs, Director, Research Administration, Department of Medicine
Nomination from Anastassios G. Pittas, MD, MS, Director, Research Administration:
“Recently, Tufts Medical Center was awarded a multi-million dollar grant award by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct a multi-center clinical trial. This grant, one of the largest ever awarded to Tufts MC, would never have become a reality without Danielle’s hard work. This massive and complicated grant would have never been managed so well without Danielle’s guidance, attention to detail and deep-rooted commitment to her job.
“As a specific example, when the study’s research administrator left, Danielle did not rush into hiring another person. Instead, she completely took over the workload. I felt like I was getting the ‘royal’ treatment of research administration. I had absolutely no idea how, for over 6 months, Danielle was able to manage her ‘day job’ as Director of Research Administration and add another full-time position on top of that. Then, it dawned on me: Danielle cares! Danielle has simply done a fantastic job overseeing the administration of the grant, always taking pride in the quality of her work and staying focused on the task at hand.”