Sarwat Chaudhry, MD, and Erica Herzog, MD, PhD, will lead the Office of Student Research (OSR) as associate deans, effective January 1, 2020. The new leaders are physician investigators with deep ties to the New Haven community, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and professional schools on the main campus. They will succeed John N. Forrest Jr, MD, professor of medicine, who has led OSR since it was established in 1986.
Chaudhry is associate professor of medicine (general medicine) and co-director of the National Clinician Scholars Program. She completed her medical degree and residency at the University of Chicago, joining the Yale faculty after completing a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. She is an accomplished outcomes researcher and principal investigator for NIH-funded large-scale studies focused on augmenting the care and outcomes of hospitalized patients through improved risk prediction and care transitions. She serves as director of the Academic Hospitalist Program and founded YSM’s/YNHH’s Center for Healthcare Innovation, Redesign, and Learning. As a continuous recipient of NIH funding since 2005, she has published in Annals of Internal Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine, and Journal of the American College of Cardiology. She has mentored numerous medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty, many of whom have led original investigations and garnered external funding.
Herzog is associate professor of medicine and pathology in the Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, where she serves as the director of the Yale Interstitial Lung Disease Center of Excellence. She has overseen medical student research for the Department of Internal Medicine since 2012. She received her MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, she pursued a combined pulmonary fellowship and Investigative Medicine PhD at Yale School of Medicine. Her studies of innate immune mechanisms of pulmonary fibrosis have facilitated fundamental discoveries that are in various stages of clinical development. She has been a continuous recipient of NIH funding since 2005, has published in Science, Science Translational Medicine, Journal of Clinical Investigation, and Cell, and has mentored numerous individuals at all stages of training.