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New endowed chair holders recognized

By Kathy Whitney
July 2011

Photo by Steve Green

Photo by Steve Green

The academic tradition of endowed chairs dates back to 1502, when Margaret of Richmond, mother of Henry VII, established the Lady Margaret Professorship of Divinity at Oxford University. Endowed chairs are the hallmark of great universities, and that tradition continues at Vanderbilt. This spring 21 Vanderbilt University faculty members who have been named to endowed chairs, 10 from the School of Medicine, were honored for their achievements.

A total of six celebrations will be held in 2011 to honor 60 new endowed chair holders, said Richard McCarty, Ph.D., Vanderbilt’s provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

The major university initiative to recruit and retain outstanding scholars and teachers with the new chairs was announced by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in August 2010.

“A university’s greatness is reflected in the quality of its faculty,” said Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. “You are the people who are having the impact that we hope to have around the world, and we want to recognize that.”
The new chairs within the School of Medicine are:

  • John W. Brock III, Monroe Carell Jr. Chair and surgeon-in-chief for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt;
  • Dai Chung, Janie Robinson and John Moore Lee Chair in Pediatrics and vice chair of the Department of Pediatric Surgery;
  • Roger Cone, Joe C. Davis Chair in Biomedical Science and chair of the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics;
  • Michael DeBaun, J.C. Peterson, M.D., Chair in Pediatric Pulmonology and director of the Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease;
  • Jonathan L. Haines, Louise B. McGavock Chair and professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and Professor of Human Genomics;
  • David G. Harrison, Betty and Jack Bailey Chair in Cardiology and professor of Cardiovascular Medicine;
  • L. Jackson Roberts II, William Stokes Chair in Experimental Therapeutics and professor of Pharmacology and Medicine;
  • David Wasserman, Annie Mary Lyle Chair and professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics;
  • Christopher V. Wright, Louise B. McGavock Chair and professor of Cell and Developmental Biology;
  • Mary M. Zutter, Louise B. McGavock Chair and professor of Pathology.
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