Yale School of Medicine's 19th Dean Takes Office
Nancy J. Brown, MD, took office on February 1 as the 19th dean of Yale School of Medicine, succeeding Robert J. Alpern, MD, who had led the school since 2004. Brown, a 1981 alumna of Yale College, comes to the medical school from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where she was Hugh J. Morgan Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine.
Medical School Names Two Associate Deans to Lead Office of Student Research
Sarwat Chaudhry, MD, and Erica Herzog, MD, PhD, will lead the Office of Student Research (OSR) as associate deans, effective January 1, 2020. They will succeed John N. Forrest Jr, MD, professor of medicine, who has led OSR since it was established in 1986.
Krystal Among New Leaders of YCCI
The Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) has announced the appointment of Brian R. Smith, MD, and John H. Krystal, MD ’84, as co-directors of the center and co-principal investigators of Yale’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Eric Jose Velazquez, MD, becomes deputy director of clinical trials innovation for YCCI.
Yonkers recruited to head Psychological Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital
Kimberly A. Yonkers, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology (Chronic Disease), and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and Director of the Center for Wellbeing of Women and Mothers at Yale School of Medicine, has been recruited to lead the Section of Psychological Medicine within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health of Yale New Haven Hospital.
Pittenger appointed to new position of Assistant Chair for Translational Research
Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Yale OCD Research Program, has accepted the position of Assistant Chair of the Department of Psychiatry for Translational Research.
Fernandez appointed to Health and Human Services panel
Thomas V. Fernandez, MD, Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center and of Psychiatry, has been appointed to serve as a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Behavioral Genetics and Epidemiology Study Section, Center for Scientific Review.
Marietta Vázquez Appointed Vice Chair for Diversity for Pediatrics
The Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce the appointment of Marietta Vázquez, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, as vice chair for diversity, equity and inclusion. Vazquez is a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Yale School of Medicine.
Yale expert leads effort to reduce ‘covert’ brain injury after cardiac procedures
Patients who undergo lifesaving cardiac procedures are often exposed to a related harm: brain injury. In response to a growing body of evidence of this problem, Yale professor of medicine Dr. Alexandra Lansky joined colleagues in the United States and Europe to call for measures to better ensure the safety of cardiac procedures.
Ruslan Medzhitov leads major research initiative on food allergies
Ruslan M. Medzhitov, the David W. Wallace Professor of Immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine, will lead a major research initiative to advance the basic science underlying food allergies in collaboration with partners at the Broad Institute of MIT, Harvard, and other institutions.
Jeannette Ickovics appointed the Herman Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Jeannette R. Ickovics, newly named as the Samuel and Liselotte Herman Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, focuses her research on the interplay of complex biomedical, behavioral, social, and psychological factors that influence individual and community health.
Yonkers to Become Chair of Psychiatry at UMass Medical School
Kimberly Yonkers, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services at Yale School of Medicine, will become Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care.
Gelernter, Polimanti New Editors-in-Chief of Complex Psychiatry
Joel Gelernter, MD, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Genetics and of Neuroscience; and Renato Polimanti, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, will co-lead the journal Complex Psychiatry, which recently changed its name from Molecular Neuropsychiatry.
New Deputy Dean for Scientific Affairs (Basic Science Departments) Is Named
Anthony J. Koleske, PhD, professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry and neuroscience, assumes the role of deputy dean for scientific affairs (basic science departments) effective April 1, 2020. Koleske succeeds Michael Crair, PhD, William Ziegler III Professor of Neuroscience and professor of ophthalmology and visual science, who steps into the role of Yale University's vice provost for research.
Hoffman Named New Director of Mental Health & Counseling at Yale Health
Paul Hoffman, PhD, has been named the new Director of Mental Health & Counseling at Yale Health. He succeeds Lorraine Siggins, MD, who retired last year after three decades as director. Hoffman served for five months as Interim Director before being appointed to the position full time in February. He previously worked as Associate Chief for Clinical Affairs.