Originally created 11/27/01

Three vie for MCG dean post



Three prominent researchers are the finalists to become the next dean of the school of medicine at Medical College of Georgia after a yearlong search, the school announced Monday.

The names of the three unranked finalists were forwarded to MCG President Daniel W. Rahn, who said he will decide on a final candidate within a few weeks. The choice must be approved by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

"We're looking for an individual who really can lead the school in developing a broader research base while preserving our educational programs and our clinical excellence," Dr. Rahn said.

The finalists are:

Vipul N. Mankad, the chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He is a pediatric hematologist and oncologist who specializes in sickle cell disease. He helped establish the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Mankad was traveling Monday and unavailable for comment.

S. Clifford Schold Jr., the assistant vice chancellor for clinical research at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and director of neuro-oncology at the school's Cancer Institute. He specializes in brain tumors and cancers of the central nervous system. He was previously the director for neurosciences at Duke Clinical Research Institute and chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He did not return a call Monday.

David Mark Stern, the director of the Center for Vascular and Lung Pathobiology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He also is the chief of the Division of Surgical Science and the director of the college's Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Center on the Vascular Complications of Diabetes. He is a hematologist who said he has an interest in a broad range of diseases, from cancer to the cardiovascular complications of diabetes to neurodegenerative diseases.

"When they say that there is a culture of change and opportunities, it is really on every level from engaging physicians in the community to patients in outlying underserved areas to the research opportunities," Dr. Stern said from his office in New York City.

MCG is now recruiting to replace about 80 school of medicine faculty, Dr. Rahn said.

The chairman of the MCG search committee, Department of Family Medicine Chairman Joseph Hobbs, said the task has been complicated by the fact that it began when MCG was still looking for a new president but sped up after Dr. Rahn was named in March.

"MCG would do well to get any one of these individuals," Dr. Hobbs said.

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