Associate Professor Stephania Cormier Brings More Than $2.5 Million in Grants for Pediatric and Adult Respiratory Research to UTHSC

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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the leading cause of bronchiolitis or lower respiratory tract infection in young children, is responsible for significant mortality of infants worldwide. Stephania Cormier, PhD, is bringing $727,500 in grant money to Memphis to research the virus and better understand the role it plays in the development of asthma in children who have had it. [Read more...]

A Vision for the Future: Advance to Top Quartile

Steve J. Schwab, MD

Vision has been defined as “the art of seeing what others can’t.” In his more than three years as executive dean of the UT College of Medicine, Steve J. Schwab, MD, has consistently practiced that art. During his tenure as executive dean, he has actively sought and enthusiastically seized new opportunities to advance the college and its myriad departments on three major campus sites across the state. Undoubtedly those abilities contributed to his appointment as chancellor for UTHSC, a role he assumed in June 2010.

Although he has shifted into the leading administrative role at UTHSC and will transition from the position as executive dean, Dr. Schwab is committed to tenaciously pursuing a long-term, strategic vision for the College of Medicine (COM). That vision is to advance the UT COM into the top quartile of academic medical institutions in the country.

Dr. Schwab recently spoke with Medicine magazine about his vision.

Editor: The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) represents all 135 accredited U.S. and 17 Canadian medical schools. Where does the UTHSC College of Medicine (COM) currently rank?
Dr. Schwab: At the moment, the Health Science Center is slightly better than mid-pack in terms of total all-source funding — clinical, state, tuition and research. In terms of education, we’re top quartile already in most areas. We’re rapidly moving forward in our clinical practices and are on track to top quartile. The research enterprise needs investment in order to step up. Recovery dollars will help us jump start that enterprise. This will be a key area of focus. [Editor’s note: The “recovery dollars” reference alludes to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, often referred to as stimulus funds.] [Read more...]

Petersent to Announce Recommendation for New Chancellor

UT President John Petersen will announce his recommendation for a new chancellor for UTHSC and vice president for health affairs on Friday, February 25 at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of the General Education Building. [Read more...]