Faculty

Vanderbilt professor is named physiology chair

Steven C. Hebert, M.D., one of the world’s leading authorities on the kidney’s regulation of potassium and other salts, has joined the School of Medicine as professor and chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology.

Hebert arrived at Yale on July 1 from Vanderbilt University Medical School, where he had been the Ann and Roscoe R. Robinson Professor of Medicine and professor of cell biology, pharmacology, molecular physiology and biophysics. His appointment complements current strengths at Yale in several important areas of renal physiology as well as a long tradition of innovation in the field dating to the work of John Punnett Peters, M.D., here in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s.

A long-time collaborator of his Yale departmental colleagues Gerhard H. Giebisch, M.D., and Walter F. Boron, M.D., Ph.D., whom he is succeeding as chair, Hebert received his medical degree in 1970...

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Six professors named to endowed professorships

University President Richard C. Levin, Ph.D., has named six members of the medical school faculty to endowed professorships. The appointments were recommended by Dean David A. Kessler, M.D., and Carolyn W. Slayman, Ph.D., deputy dean for academic and scientific affairs, who reviewed nominations frrom department charis. The candidates were nominated for their excellence in scholarship and teaching.

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Donald Cohen named Sterling Professor of Child Psychiatry

Donald J. Cohen, M.D., who specializes in neuropsychiatric disorders of children, including autism, Tourette’s syndrome...

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Mary Tinetti, noted for work on health issues of the elderly, assumes Crofoot Chair

Mary E. Tinetti, M.D., the new Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine, has devoted her career to the health of...

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Vincent T. DeVita Jr., M.D., HS ’66, professor of medicine and of epidemiology and public health and director of the...

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Stephen Strittmatter is appointed to new Coates Chair in Neurology

Stephen M. Strittmatter, M.D., Ph.D., who has been named to the Vincent Coates Chair in Neurology, is a specialist in...

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Pharmacology expert John Krystal is designated Kent Professor

John H. Krystal, M.D., the newly appointed Albert E. Kent Professor of Psychiatry, is an expert on the...

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Asthma specialist Jack Elias named a Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Medicine

Jack A. Elias, M.D., newly named as Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Medicine, is a noted specialist in asthma and...

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Keith Joiner, expert on infectious disease, also appointed a Von Zedtwitz Professor

Keith A. Joiner, M.D., newly appointed as Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Medicine, is an expert on infectious...

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Endowed chair to honor cardiothoracic pioneer

Pioneering cardiovascular surgeon William W.L. Glenn, M.D., is being honored with a professorship in his name at the...

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Notes

Robert S. Sherwin, M.D., William V. Tamborlane Jr., M.D., Donald Ross Coustan, M.D. ’68, HS ’73

Yale physicians have taken on leadership roles in the American Diabetes Association, the nation’s leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, education and advocacy. In July Robert S. Sherwin, M.D., the C.N.H. Long Professor of Medicine, assumed the presidency of the National Board of...

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Truett Allison, Ph.D. ’62, Ernest I. Kohorn, M.CHIR., F.R.C.S., F.R.C.O.G., Peter Lengyel, Ph.D.

Three senior faculty members who came to Yale School of Medicine in the 1960s attained emeritus status this year: Truett Allison, Ph.D. ’62, professor of neurology and psychology, Ernest I. Kohorn, M.CHIR., F.R.C.S., F.R.C.O.G., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Peter Lengyel, Ph.D., professor of molecular...

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Mark R. Cullen, M.D. ’76, HS ’80

Mark R. Cullen, M.D. ’76, HS ’80, professor of medicine in occupational medicine and of public health, was selected by the Semiconductor Industry Association in October to be a member of an independent Science Advisory Committee. Members provide an independent perspective on possible cancer risks within the U.S....

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John A. Elefteriades, M.D., HS

The American College of Cardiology presented an award for humanitarian accomplishments to Nelson R. Mandela of South Africa at ceremonies held in Puerto Rico in May. John A. Elefteriades, M.D. ’76, HS ’83, professor and chief of cardiothoracic surgery, was one of two American surgeons invited to speak at the event....

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Arthur C. Evans, Ph.D.

Arthur C. Evans, Ph.D., assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, has been named deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Governor John G. Rowland announced the appointment in June. Evans served as director of managed care for the department for the past two and...

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Durland Fish, Ph.D

Durland Fish, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology in microbial diseases, has been named editor of Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, a new peer-review medical journal focusing solely on diseases transmitted to humans by insects or animals. The journal will be published both in print and online.

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Gary E. Friedlaender, M.D., HS

Gary E. Friedlaender, M.D., HS ’74, the Wayne O. Southwick Professor and chair of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, became chair-elect of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies at its 67th annual meeting in Orlando in March. Friedlaender is chair of the...

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Charles A. Greer, Ph.D.

Charles A. Greer, Ph.D., professor of neurosurgery and neurobiology and co-director of the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, was appointed chair of the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review’s Integrative, Functional and Cognitive Neuroscience Study Section 4. His two-year term began in July.

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Lise R. Heginbotham, Ph.D

Lise R. Heginbotham, Ph.D., assistant professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry, was selected as a 2000 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences by the Pew Charitable Trusts. She received the award for her research relating to ion channel structure and function and the relay of electrical signals through the...

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Jeannette R. Ickovics, Ph.D.

Jeannette R. Ickovics, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology in chronic disease, and of psychology, received the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest. Her research focuses on women and HIV/AIDS, particularly the acceleration of the disease...

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Ruth J. Katz, J.D., M.P.H.

Ruth J. Katz, J.D., M.P.H., associate dean for administration and assistant professor of medicine and public health, has been appointed to the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health for a four-year term that ends in 2004. As counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives...

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Ilona S. Kickbusch, Ph.D.

Ilona S. Kickbusch, Ph.D., professor of public health and of political science and head of the division of global health, was presented a gold medal for meritorious service to the province of Vienna in May. The medal was awarded for her work at the World Health Organization in building a health promotion...

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Lowell S. Levin, M.P.H.

Lowell S. Levin, M.P.H.. ’60, professor emeritus and lecturer in public health, has been serving as a senior consultant to the World Health Organization’s new training and policy center in Venice, Italy. Levin developed the center’s initial operational plan and will remain an advisor during its implementation.

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Becca Levy, Ph.D

Becca Levy, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology, was awarded the Brookdale National Fellowship for Leadership in Aging in July. She was one of four researchers in the country selected to receive the award, which is presented for excellence and promise in the field of geriatrics and gerontology.

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Marc I. Lorber, M.D.

Marc I. Lorber, M.D., professor of surgery and chief of organ transplantation and immunology, was named president-elect, in May, of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and will assume the presidency in May 2001. He recently completed a three-year term as the treasurer. Lorber was also elected a fellow of the...

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Bernard Lytton, M.B.B.S., F.R.C.S.

Bernard Lytton, M.B.B.S., F.R.C.S., the Donald Guthrie Professor Emeritus of Surgery, was elected president of the Clinical Society of Genito-Urinary Surgeons for 2000. His first annual meeting as president was held in November in Chicago. Lytton was also honored in September at “A Tribute to Living Donors” in Old...

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Ruslan M. Medzhitov, Ph.D.

Ruslan M. Medzhitov, Ph.D., assistant professor of immunobiology, has been named an assistant investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), bringing the total number of HHMI investigators at Yale to 17. HHMI, based in Chevy Chase, Md., with an endowment of $15 billion and annual budget of more than $600...

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Charles W. Needham, M.D.

Charles W. Needham, M.D., clinical instructor in neurosurgery, discussed pacemaker systems in May at the McGill Neurosurgical Reunion. These systems, located at the center of the brain, are currently being investigated to account for the mechanisms of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, tinnitus, chronic pain...

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Sara C. Rockwell, Ph.D.

Sara C. Rockwell, Ph.D., professor of therapeutic radiology and pharmacology, and in the Cancer Center, was appointed editor-in-chief of the journal Radiation Research at the May meeting in Albuquerque of the Radiation Research Society Council. Rockwell has served as a member of the Board of Editors of the...

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James C. Rosser Jr., M.D.

Gastroenterologist James C. Rosser Jr., M.D., associate professor of surgery, was featured in a documentary entitled “Cybersurgery” that premiered in July on the Discovery Health Channel. The documentary, which explored cutting-edge technology in medicine, followed Rosser as he taught a procedure through telemedicine...

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Association for Health Services

Mark J. Schlesinger, Ph.D., associate professor of public health, received the Association for Health Services Research’s 2000 Article of the Year Award in June at the organization’s annual meeting in Los Angeles. Schlesinger’s paper, “No Exit? The Effect of Health Status on Dissatisfaction and Disenrollment from...

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Marvin L. Sears, M.D.

Marvin L. Sears, M.D., adjunct professor of ophthalmology and visual science, and founder and former chair of the department, was recognized by the American Glaucoma Society with the Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the scientific understanding and clinical treatment of glaucoma. The society’s tribute...

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Howard M. Spiro, M.D.

Howard M. Spiro, M.D., professor emeritus of medicine and founder of the Program for Humanities in Medicine at Yale, received the 2000 Julius Friedenwald Medal in May from the American Gastroenterological Association. The medal, the society’s highest formal recognition to an individual, honors a lifetime contribution...

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Marietta Vazquez, M.D.

Marietta Vazquez, M.D., postdoctoral fellow in pediatrics, has received support for a four-year fellowship under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Minority Medical Faculty Development Program. Vazquez is currently conducting research to assess the protective efficacy of two recently approved vaccines for Lyme...

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Eiji Yanagisawa, M.D., HS

Eiji Yanagisawa, M.D., HS ’59, clinical professor of surgery, received the Chevalier Jackson Award in May from the American Bronchoesophagological Association at its annual meeting in Orlando. Yanagisawa spoke on “Videography and Digital Imaging of the Larynx” in June at the 11th World Congress of Bronchoesophagology...

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