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Dr. Andrew Griffith Awarded David D. Coleman Endowed Professorship


Andrew Griffith, MD, PhD, the senior associate dean of research for UTHSC’s College of Medicine, has been awarded the David D. Coleman Endowed Professorship. Dr. Griffith joined the College of Medicine in July 2020 after 22 years at the National Institutes of Health. As senior associate dean of research, Dr. Griffith manages the growth of the research enterprise in the college, between departments, and across campuses.

“It is an honor to receive the Coleman Professorship. My plan is to use the resources of the Professorship to support other research projects and scientists in the College of Medicine that are determined through peer-review to be meritorious and of high programmatic priority,” said Dr. Griffith.

This honor will aid Dr. Griffith in achieving his goals at UTHSC, which include growing the College of Medicine’s research enterprise to enhance the missions of the university and deepening the connection and collaboration among researchers on campus and throughout the state.

“Dr. Griffith is receiving this award in honor of his excellence in research, research vision, and leadership in research. It is our pleasure to award him the David D. Coleman Endowed Professorship,” said Scott Strome, MD, Robert Kaplan Executive Dean of the UTHSC College of Medicine and vice chancellor for Health Affairs.

For the past 25 years, Dr. Griffith’s own research has been supported by multiple grants. He has earned the NIH Director’s Award, been elected a Fellow of the Association of American Physicians, and was most recently honored with the 2021 Pioneer in Basic Science Award from the Association for Research in Otolaryngology for his research on the molecular basis of inner ear function.