INDIANAPOLIS - The Regenstrief Institute has named Eneida Mendonca vice president for research development. The newly-created position is one of three strategic leadership positions that Regenstrief is establishing as it enters its sixth decade.

As the institute’s vice president for research development, Mendonca will work to build the success of the institute’s faculty investigators across biomedical informatics, health services research, aging research and implementation science.

In addition to her new position Dr. Mendonca also act as a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment as a professor of biostatistics.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Mendonca to Regenstrief in this new leadership role to steer our robust research enterprise,” said Peter Embi, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Regenstrief, in a news release. “Her expertise and vision in both applied research and research development will enable us to leverage the institute’s current research strengths to be even more proactive in addressing local, national and global health challenges.”

Mendonca earned her a medical degree from the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil and a Ph.D. in biomedical informatics from Columbia University in New York. She is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and the American Academy of Pediatrics.