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March 29, 2010

Taubman takes reins at medical school

Mark Taubman

Mark Taubman became the 10th dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry earlier this month.

The former chair of the Department of Medicine, Taubman was acting CEO of the Medical Center for nine months after Bradford Berk suffered a serious spinal cord injury last year. With Berk back as CEO, Taubman becomes Medical School dean and remains a pivotal member of Berk’s leadership team.

“Mark is the best possible choice for dean,” Berk says. “He is a physician-scientist who is active in the laboratory yet possesses a broad institutional view. As an active cardiologist, he also understands the challenges of practicing medicine.”

Taubman came to the Medical Center as chief of the Cardiology Unit and Paul N. Yu Professor of Medicine in February 2003. As chief, he was the guiding force behind the expansion of cardiac patient care services, faculty recruitment, strengthening treatments for those with heart arrhythmias and heart failure, adding new preventive cardiology programs (such as the women’s heart program), and forging strong regional services. Taubman also served as director of the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute, which he helped Berk to found.

Taubman became chair of the Department of Medicine and Charles E. Dewey Professor of Medicine in May 2007. As chair of Medicine, he directed the largest single department in the Medical Center with more than 1,000 faculty and staff who work in 10 units devoted to patient care, research, and education, and a $150 million budget. He named division chiefs, including General Medicine, Cardiology, Hematology-Oncology, Endocrinology, and Infectious Disease. He also appointed an associate chair for Research as well as a chief financial officer for Medicine.

Taubman is a graduate of the New York University School of Medicine who interned at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital before completing his residency and cardiology fellowship training at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital Boston, and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Prior to being recruited to the University of Rochester, he was director of cardiovascular research at Mt. Sinai.

Elizabeth “Lissa” McAnarney, chair emerita of Pediatrics, served as interim dean since June, when former dean David Guzick became senior vice president for health affairs at the University of Florida and president of the University of Florida Health System.

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