Thus, over a relatively short period of time, Dr Dudrick recruited an all-star faculty. Not only were they each clinically superb in their own right, they were deeply committed to the research and teaching missions in the school and, equally important, they all contributed to creating the right culture. Recently I sat down with Dr Dudrick to pick his brain about that culture. It was a culture, he said, that was intended to be anchored in 6 core values: excellence, teamwork, service, innovation, mentoring, and trust. These values were to define how the department lived as it pursued its vision. These values would guide recruitment, and promotion, and every decision we made. They were not to be compromised no matter what. Dr Dudrick himself embodied them all, and thus set the example at the top.