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September 24, 2014

Faculty members installed to endowed professorships

R. John Looney, Arthur Moss, and Robert Novy-Marx were honored with endowed professorships.

R. John Looney

R. John Looney

Recognized for his expertise in the use of immunosuppressive medications, R. John Looney ’76M (MD), ’79M (Res), ’81M (Flw), ’84M (Flw) was installed in June as the first holder of the Dr. Stephen I. Rosenfeld and Elise A. Rosenfeld Distinguished Professor in Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

The professorship was created by Stephen Rosenfeld ’59, ’63M (MD) and Elise Rosenfeld ’60W.

Looney’s career at the University has spanned three decades. His primary interest is in new agents for the treatment of rheumatologic diseases, and he is known for his work in B cell-targeted therapies. He also developed a program for diagnosing and managing hypersensitivity reactions to cancer chemotherapy and cardiovascular medications, a protocol for treatment that is widely respected.

Stephen Rosenfeld, professor emeritus, has had a distinguished career as a physician, researcher, teacher, administrator, and author, which includes serving as director of the allergy and immunology training program for 18 years and as the director of the Allergy and Immunology Clinic. Elise Rosenfeld is a longtime member of the Rochester Oratorio Society and helped found the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival with Stephen. In 2011, she created the Elise Golub Rosenfeld Scholarship for students pursuing dual undergraduate degrees between the Eastman School and in Arts, Sciences & Engineering.

The Rosenfelds are charter members of the George Eastman Circle, the University’s leadership annual giving society.

Arthur Moss

Arthur Moss

Bradford Berk ’81M (MD/ PhD), Medical Center and UR Medicine CEO and senior vice president for health services, has created a professorship that bears his name.

The professorship in cardiovascular research will be used to recruit scientists to the School of Medicine and Dentistry or to retain key faculty already working in the cardiology division. Arthur Moss ’62M (Res), a professor of medicine and cardiology who has been on the faculty for more than 50 years, is the first to hold the endowed professorship.

An expert on electrical disturbances of the heart, Moss has made important, long-lasting discoveries in the treatment and prevention of cardiac arrhythmias, particularly a heart rhythm disorder known as long QT syndrome, and sudden cardiac death.

Recently, Moss’s research team discovered a simple programming change that makes defibrillators— devices designed to detect and correct dangerous heart rhythms— safer and more effective. Within a week, physicians across the country were resetting the devices, which are implanted in about 200,000 U.S. patients every year.

Berk received his MD and PhD from the School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1981, and went on to serve on the faculties of Harvard Medical School, Emory University, and the University of Washington. In 1998, he became chief of cardiology and chair of medicine at Rochester.

He has served as director of the Medical Center’s Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute. First appointed CEO in 2006, Berk continues to run his own CVRI lab, focusing on how blood vessels respond to biomechanical forces such as blood flow and hormones, and how these mechanisms contribute to atherosclerosis, hypertension, and stroke.

In September, Berk announced that he was stepping down from his recent roles to launch the Rochester Neurorestorative Institute at the Medical Center.

He is a member of the Association of Academic Physicians, serves on the Empire State Stem Cell Board Funding Committee, and is a fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

Moss is a charter member and Berk is a member of the George Eastman Circle.

Robert Novy-Marx

Robert Novy-Marx

Robert Novy-Marx was named the inaugural Lori and Alan S. Zekelman Professor of Business Administration. The professorship is named for Alan Zekelman ’87S (MS) and Lori Talsky-Zekelman, who established the position.

Novy-Marx has earned several awards for his research, particularly for his work on the magnitude of pension obligations faced by states and other public entities on the under-funding of pensions for public employees. He has been widely called upon to help policymakers , including being called to Capitol Hill, where he testified before Congress.

In addition to work on the funding of government pensions, his research is focused on asset pricing— theoretical and empirical—and includes industrial organization, public finance, and real estate.

Alan Zekelman, a director of JMC Steel Group, is a member of the Executive Advisory Committee, National Council, and Campaign Committee of the Simon Business School.

Lori is an attorney with Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller, P.C. They are both charter members of the George Eastman Circle.

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