Guy L. Reed, MS, MD, Named Chairman, Department of Medicine

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Steve J. Schwab, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine for UTHSC, has announced the appointment of Guy L. Reed, MD, as the Diggs Professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine in the College of Medicine.

Steve J. Schwab, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has announced the appointment of Guy L. Reed, MD, as the Diggs Professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine in the College of Medicine. This appointment will be effective on or before August 1.

The national search for Chair of Medicine was conducted by the Atlanta firm of Parker Executive Search and was ably led by UTHSC Surgical Chair Timothy C. Fabian, MD. The search committee identified four outstanding finalists for this position from a field of more than 30 candidates.

“Dr. Reed was selected from a group of outstanding finalists. Without question, he was the clear consensus choice in the group of outstanding physician scientist leaders,” stated UTHSC Chancellor and Vice President for Health System Affairs, Hershel P. Wall, MD. “Dr. Reed emerged as the best fit to lead our Department of Medicine.”

Dr. Reed currently serves on the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia as the Kupperman Professor of Medicine, chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, and co-director of the Georgia Cardiovascular Center of Excellence. He also holds a prestigious Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Chair.

Dr. Reed received his medical degree and a master’s degree in Mathematical Statistics from Stanford University. After serving his residency as chief resident at Yale University, he trained in cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he joined the faculty at Harvard University. Recruited to the faculty of the Harvard Cardiovascular Biology Laboratory in the Department of Genetics and Complex Disease, he became adjunct professor of Immunology and served as the director of the CV Biology Lab. He was on the cardiology staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital for more than 15 years before being recruited to Georgia.

At Georgia, Dr. Reed built a remarkable clinical and investigative operation. He developed new programs in electrophysiology, heart failure/transplant and peripheral vascular disease. The performance of the Cardiovascular Center was instrumental in the hospital being named as one of only 20 major teaching hospitals on Thompson’s 100 top hospitals list.

Continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) throughout his career, Dr. Reed has become an internationally known investigator in the area of coronary thrombosis and thrombolysis. He received the Young Investigator Award from the American College of Cardiology and is an established investigator of the American Heart Association. He holds proprietorship to more than 20 U.S. patents and has published more than 100 papers and abstracts. Clinically, he currently serves as the principal investigator for two national clinical trials while his research laboratory is funded by multiple current NIH RO1 awards.

Dr. Reed will relocate to Memphis with his wife, Elizabeth, in early August.