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From the Chair - June 2013

Department of Medicine

Welcome to our Department of Medicine newsletter which will become a regular occurrence to help you keep up with all the things happening in our Department. Many of you started your medical career in the Department of Medicine, so we thought you might like to know what is happening and catch up on colleagues and faculty. We hope you like what you see and will send us thoughts, ideas and suggestions for additional articles or topics.


To begin our news, we are pleased to share with you that we are developing a new division entitled Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine (BIPM). We are in the process of recruiting staff for this division, but have made a substantial commitment to its development. This division will strive to attract and retain outstanding practitioners that are involved in the science and practice of personalized medicine. It will be integrated with the clinical enterprise and will enhance the effectiveness of both the clinical and research programs as well as developing new models of patient care. Our entire enterprise ­— research, clinical, and education —has become so information-intensive that we must develop and advance our ability to acquire, maintain, protect, analyze and apply that information. This effort is essential for continued competitiveness of our centers, research programs, investigators, clinicians and educators. Already one of the newly recruited BIPM staff, Catherine Lozupone, PhD, and her research were mentioned in a recent article in the New York Times.


Other new programs in the Department of Medicine include the new Internal Medicine-Pediatrics (Med-Peds) Residency Program, a community-based refugee clinic, a summer research program for minority medical students, creation of the Hematology, Hematologic Malignancies, and Stem Cell Transplantation Division, and the Outstanding Early Career Scholars Program. We are pleased to add these innovative offerings to ensure department growth and development.


We welcome your thoughts and ideas about our new communication tool and hope it will be both informative and helpful to you.


David A. Schwartz, MD

Professor and Chair

The Department of Medicine