P&S Journal: Winter 1995, Vol.15, No.1
New Department Chairs
Four new department chairmen named in 1994 bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to CPMC. Three of the four chairs were recruited from outside P&S.
Dr. David R. Bickers is chairman of dermatology. He served four years as chief of staff and senior vice president for medical affairs at University Hospitals of Cleveland and associate dean of Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine. He was professor and chairman of dermatology there from 1977 to 1994 and directed the NIH-Skin Diseases Research Center at University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve.
Dr. Bickers received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Following an internship in medicine at University of Iowa Hospitals, a residency in dermatology at New York University Medical Center, and a research fellowship at Rockefeller University, Dr. Bickers served on the P&S faculty from 1973 to 1977.
Dr. Lanny Garth Close became chairman of otolaryngology after leaving the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he was professor and vice chairman of otorhinolaryngology and chairman of head and neck surgery.
His research focus is the treatment of laryngeal cancer and advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck and endoscopic treatment of frontal sinus disease.
Dr. Close received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and did his internship and residency in surgery at Johns Hopkins. He also completed a residency in otolaryngology at Baylor Affiliated Hospitals and served as an assistant surgeon in head and neck surgery at M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston.
Dr. Eric A. Rose , a P&S graduate who completed his internship and residency at Columbia-Presbyterian and has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 1982, is now chairman of surgery.
As director of the Columbia-Presbyterian Heart Transplant Service from 1982 to 1993, Dr. Rose developed one of the most active programs in the United States. He has been a pioneer in the successful use of heart transplantation in children. His research focus includes the investigation of new approaches to immunosuppression, cross-species transplantation, and development of alternatives to heart transplants.
Dr. Rose, a native New Yorker and graduate of Columbia College, received his medical degree from P&S in 1975.
Dr. Claudio Stern left Oxford University to become chairman of genetics and development. He has made several major contributions to developmental biology. He pioneered modern studies on the segmental organization of the developing vertebrate embryo, providing evidence on the cellular basis of motor axon segmentation.
Dr. Stern served for nine years as a university lecturer (the equivalent to associate professor) in anatomy at Oxford University. He also taught at Cambridge University and was a research fellow at University College in London.
A native of Uruguay, he started medical studies there before moving to England, where he received a degree in biological sciences with honors and a doctorate in developmental biology from the University of Sussex.