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P&S Journal: Spring 1996, Vol.16, No.2
New Department Leaders Named

Four department chairpersons-including the college's first female clinical department chair-were appointed in 1995.

Dr. Rogerio A. Lobo, an internationally known expert in the field of endocrinology and infertility, joined P&S as the Willard C. Rappleye Professor and Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Lobo joined the faculty from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, where he developed and led one of the country's top divisions of reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

While his primary research focuses on the endocrine effect of fertility in women, Dr. Lobo also studies the pituitary axis and the adrenal gland and their hormonal secretions that affect fertility, hirsutism, and secondary sexual characteristics. He also is an expert on menopause and the care of postmenopausal women. He is the author of "Treatment of Postmenopausal Women."

Born in Hong Kong, Dr. Lobo received his B.S. and medical degrees from Georgetown University and did his internship and residency at the Chicago Lying-In Hospital at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Rogerio A. Lobo

Dr. Stanley Chang was appointed chairman of ophthalmology. A P&S graduate, Dr. Chang spent several years at Cornell University Medical College, where he was named professor of ophthalmology in 1993. He held appointments as an attending physician in ophthalmology at the New York Hospital and as a consultant in ophthalmology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He has been on the ophthalmology attending staff at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center since 1994.

Dr. Chang graduated from P&S in 1974. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from MIT and a master's degree in biomedical electronic engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Chang's recent research has been on vitreous replacement in experimental models of retinal detachment, mechanisms for ocular proliferation in retinal detachment, and biologic interactions of ocular tissues with vitreous replacements. He received a patent in 1991 for his method and apparatus to treat complicated retinal detachments.
Dr. Stanley Chang

Dr. Robert B. Kass was appointed chairman of pharmacology. He is former professor of physiology and pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical School. He had been associated with the University of Rochester since 1977.

Dr. Kass received his doctorate at the University of Michigan and his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois. He received postdoctoral training at Yale University and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Kass's record in cardiac physiology and pharmacology and his interest in molecular biology and genetics have been reflected in his recent research projects, which include the molecular pharmacology of cardiovascular potassium and L-type calcium channels, the molecular therapeutics of inherited cardiac arrhythmias, and the developmental expression and regulation of ion channels in normal and genetically altered murine heart.
Dr. Robert Kass

The first woman appointed to chair a clinical department is Dr. Margaret Wood, one of the nation's leading experts on anesthesiology, who was appointed to head the anesthesiology department.

Dr. Wood has conducted extensive research in anesthetic cardiovascular pharmacology, drug metabolism, anesthetic hepatoxicity, vascular biology, pharmacokinetics, and drug interactions. Her interests relate to pediatric and cardiovascular anesthesia. She has lectured extensively on anesthesia and drug disposition and aging and anesthesia. Along with her husband, Dr. Alastair J.J. Wood, she has coauthored three editions of the standard anesthesia textbook, "Drugs and Anaesthesia: Pharmacology for Anesthesiologists."

A native of Leeds, England, Dr. Wood came to the United States in the 1970s for fellowship training at Vanderbilt University. A graduate of the University of St. Andrews and Dundee University Medical School in Scotland, she had been a member of the Vanderbilt faculty since 1976 and section chief of cardiac anesthesiology there since 1994. Dr. Wood will become the first woman president of the Association of University Anesthetists this year.
Dr. Margaret Wood

The first woman to hold a departmental chair at P&S was Dr. Lucille Shapiro, who served as chairwoman of the Department of Microbiology from 1986 to 1989.

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