Faculty

Lung cancer expert to lead cancer center

Thomas J. Lynch Jr., M.D. ’86, a lung cancer expert at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School, was named director of Yale Cancer Center (YCC) in February. Dean Robert J. Alpern, M.D., Ensign Professor of Medicine, announced the appointment, which was effective April 1. Lynch will also serve as physician in chief of the new Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven.In accepting the new post, Lynch said that he wants the cancer center to be known for discovery; personalized cancer therapy; the importance of compassionate patient- and family-centered care; and a commitment to quality, safety and outcomes measurement.“One of the reasons why we’re not curing cancer today is that we need to...

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Michael J. Caplan, M.D. ’87, Ph.D. ’87, FW ’89, Mark Hochstrasser, Ph.D., David J. Leffell, M.D., David A. McCormick, Ph.D., Scott A. Strobel, Ph.D.

Several faculty members have been named to endowed chairs in recent months. Michael J. Caplan, M.D. ’87, Ph.D. ’87, FW ’89, known for his research on the sorting and function of ion proteins in polarized epithelial cells, was named the C.N.H. Long Professor of Physiology. His laboratory focuses on identifying the...

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Angus C. Nairn, FW ’82, Ph.D., Marina R. Picciotto, Ph.D., Jane R. Taylor, Ph.D.

Three neuroscientists have been named to endowed chairs funded by an alumnus of the Yale College Class of 1928. Angus C. Nairn, FW ’82, Ph.D., who was named the Charles B.G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry, is noted for his research on the molecular actions of dopamine in the basal ganglia. Nairn has extensive...

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John A. Elefteriades, M.D. ’76, HS ’81, FW ’83

John A. Elefteriades, M.D. ’76, HS ’81, FW ’83, the William W.L. Glenn Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and chief of cardiac surgery, was given the Distinguished Fellowship Award by the International Academy of Cardiology at the XIV World Congress on Heart Disease in July in Toronto. The award was conferred in...

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Vikki Abrahams, Ph.D.

Vikki Abrahams, Ph.D., assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, has received a 2009 Albert McKern Scholar Award for Perinatal Research. The two-year award of $100,000 per year will fund her proposal, “Human Endogenous Retroviruses: A Novel Biomarker for Pre-eclampsia.” The award is...

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Joshua A. Copel, M.D.

Joshua A. Copel, M.D., professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences and of pediatrics, has been named president-elect of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) for the coming year. The appointment begins in February 2010. The SMFM is a nonprofit organization of more than 2,000 members...

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Walter S. Gilliam, Ph.D.

Walter S. Gilliam, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Yale Child Study Center and director of its Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, received the Priscilla Canny Research Award in December at Connecticut Voices for Children’s 8th annual First for Kids awards ceremony. He was recognized for...

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Robert Heimer, Ph.D.

Robert Heimer, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology (microbial diseases) and pharmacology, will work and lecture in Russia this year with support from a 2009 Fulbright Scholarship. Heimer’s project, “Delphi Analysis to Explore the Origins of the HIV Epidemic Among Russian Drug Users,” will be conducted at Kazan State...

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Gil Mor, M.D., Alessandro Santin, M.D.

Gil Mor, M.D., and Alessandro Santin, M.D., members of Yale Cancer Center, received more than $5 million in federal and foundation grants in January to improve detection of ovarian cancer and to find a cure for the disease. Santin received $1.7 million, including two grants from the Italian National Institutes of...

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Pasquale Patrizio, M.D.

Pasquale Patrizio, M.D., director of the Yale Fertility Center and professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, addressed the Italian Parliament in Rome in January on a 2004 Italian law that restricts in vitro fertilization (IVF) practices. According to Patrizio and other experts, the law has led to...

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Majid Sadigh, M.D.

Majid Sadigh, M.D., associate professor of medicine, was nominated by medical students for the Humanism in Medicine Award presented annually by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The award recognizes a medical school faculty physician who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the...

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