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UNC's Brenner Named Chair of P&S Department of Medicine; Tenenbaum Named Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

Columbia's College of Physicians & Surgeons (P&S) and New York-Presbyterian Hospital have named David Brenner chairman of the Department of Medicine at P&S and director of the Medical Service at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Brenner, currently professor of medicine and biochemistry at the University of North Carolina, succeeds acting chairman Joseph Tenenbaum. Brenner's tenure is to begin in March. At that time, Tenenbaum, Edgar Leifer Professor Clinical of Medicine, will become the senior associate dean for clinical affairs.

"We are excited and grateful that Dr. Brenner, an outstanding leader of academic medicine, will join our team," says Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president for Health and Biomedical Sciences and dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Columbia. "The Chairman of Medicine will play a key role in shaping programs throughout the medical center. We thank the search committee -- particularly Drs. Michael Shelanski and Eric Rose -- who worked so hard to identify and bring forth such an impressive choice."

Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, says, "Dr. Brenner's experience as a distinguished scientist and dedicated physician will greatly benefit our staff and our patients. He is a remarkable leader of academic physicians in these challenging times, and we are delighted that he has agreed to bring his extraordinary skills here to New York."

Brenner has made outstanding contributions to the understanding of liver repair and the molecular biology of liver fibrosis and has received many awards for his clinical teaching and research.

Brenner received his M.D. from Yale University. After serving as a resident at Yale, he worked at the National Institutes of Health, then joined the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. In 1992 he was appointed the Nina and John Sessions Distinguished Professor of Digestive Diseases at the University of North Carolina, where Brenner also holds a professorship in biochemistry and biophysics. In addition, Brenner serves as the Chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition and is editor-in-chief of Gastroenterology, the field's premier journal.

"I am thrilled to become part of a place that provides such outstanding patient care and a top-notch residency program," Brenner says. "At Columbia Presbyterian I see a great opportunity to continue to bridge the gap between its terrific basic research and devoted patient care through translational research."

As Brenner joins Columbia, Tenebaum will assume the position of senior associate dean for clinical affairs.

"Dr. Tenenbaum's selection reflects his commitment and contribution to patient care and clinical research," says Fischbach. "Current and future Columbia clinicians, students and patients will benefit from his advocacy and guidance."

Fischbach adds that the selection of Tenenbaum is a significant step in implementing the Health Sciences Division's Strategic Plan, a report on the current status and future direction of research, education and patient care.

"I am honored and excited to take on this role," says Tenenbaum. "It is an opportunity for me to continue to impart my long-held belief that the commitment we have as physicians is to the patient -- to bring the best of modern medicine with the finest art of the classical caring of medicine to heal those who are sick, to provide remedy for suffering, and to promote health."

Tenenbaum received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1974. In 1979, he joined Columbia as assistant professor of clinical medicine. Tenenbaum also has been a clinical cardiologist in office- and hospital-based practices. He was named the Edgar Leifer Professor of Clinical Medicine at P&S in 1996. Tenenbaum has been recognized by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation with its humanism award in medicine. He also has been awarded the Department of Medicine's senior residents teaching award from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 1992 and in 2002. Tenenbaum is a member of several prominent professional organizations and has published in notable journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine.

Published: Jan 21, 2003
Last modified: Jan 17, 2003

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