Appointments

Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D., was named chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Dewhurst, who had been Dean’s Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and senior associate dean for basic research for the School of Medicine and Dentistry, has been with the University since 1990.

Charles J. Lowenstein, M.D., took over as chief of the Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine. He also serves as director of the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute. Lowenstein most recently served as professor of Medicine and the Clarence Doodeman Professor of Cardiology at Johns Hopkins University.

Stephen R. Hammes, M.D., Ph.D., became chief of the Division of Endocrinology in the Department of Medicine. Hammes most recently served as an associate professor in Endocrinology and the W.W. Caruth Jr. Scholar in Biomedical Research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Jonathan Friedberg, M.D., was appointed chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology of the Department of Medicine and the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center. Friedberg, associate professor of Medicine, has been on the faculty since 2002. He is a national leader in lymphoma care and research.

Marc Berliant, M.D., a longtime Rochester clinician and educator, became chief of the Division of General Medicine in the Department of Medicine. Berliant, a clinical professor of Medicine, has been a member of the faculty since 1980. He most recently worked as an internist at Rochester Internal Medicine Associates.

Mark S. Orloff, M.D., a veteran transplant surgeon, researcher, and educator, was named chief of the Division of Solid Organ Transplantation. A professor in the Department of Surgery, Orloff has been a kidney and liver transplant surgeon at the Medical Center for 18 years.

Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D., was installed as the first Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families and Health. McDaniel, who joined the faculty in 1980, is director of the Institute for the Family in the Department of Psychiatry and associate chair of the Department of Family Medicine. Laurie Anne Sands, M.D., an alumna of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a native of Canandaigua, N.Y., practiced Internal Medicine in Rochester from 1979 until her death in 1995.

Honors

Jack G. Caton, D.D.S., M.S., professor, chair and program director of the Periodontics Division at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, received the 2009 Award for Outstanding Periodontal Educator from the American Academy of Periodontology. This award recognizes an exemplary periodontal faculty member whose career demonstrates excellence in teaching and is an inspiration to students.

Catherine Cerulli, J.D., assistant professor of Psychiatry, received Albany Law School’s Kate Stoneman award, which is given annually to individuals who are committed to actively seeking change and expanding opportunities for women in the legal profession. Cerulli is the director of the department’s Laboratory for Interpersonal Violence and Victimization. She was selected for her leadership and work in domestic violence and mental health, as well as her commitment to be a role model for young lawyers, showing them how to use their expertise to help confront serious issues.

Sheldon D. Fields, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor at the School of Nursing, was one of 10 people nationwide named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow. Awarded by the foundation and administered by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the fellowship enables Fields to spend a year in Washington, D.C. One of only two nurses selected, Fields is also the first male nurse in the program’s 26-year history. The Health Policy fellows program develops the abilities of outstanding mid-career health professionals in academic and community-based settings by providing them with an understanding of the health policy process and the opportunity to provide health policy leadership on Capitol Hill.

 Robert C. Griggs, M.D., was elected president of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the world’s largest professional organization of neurologists. Griggs, professor of Neurology, Medicine, Pathology, and Pediatrics, served as chair of the Department of Neurology from 1986 to 2008. He leads an organization that was established in 1948 and consists of more than 21,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals.

Irena Pesis-Katz, Ph.D., assistant professor at the School of Nursing, was named to the research network that is part of New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s nationwide reform of the consumer reimbursement system for out-of-network health care charges. The upstate research network and a new not-for-profit company, FAIR Health, Inc., will develop an independent database for consumer reimbursement and a website where, for the first time, patients around the country can find out in advance how much they are likely to be reimbursed by their insurance companies for out-of-network health care services.

Ralph F. Jozefowicz, M.D., professor of neurology, was selected by the American Academy of Neurology to receive the A.B. Baker Award, which recognizes a lifetime of career achievements in the field of neurologic education. With a keen emphasis on national accomplishments, the award is the highest education award that the Academy bestows. Colleagues and friends in the Department of Neurology are more than halfway toward their goal of raising $1.5 million to honor the physician who founded the department.

The professorship will honor Robert J. Joynt, M.D., Ph.D., one of the most influential neurologists of the last half century, who is now Distinguished University Professor. Joynt founded the University’s Department of Neurology in 1966 and guided the department for 18 years, laying the foundation for what is today one of the nation’s leading neurology departments.

Jeffrey M. Lyness, M.D., professor of Psychiatry and director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program at the Medical Center, was elected president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Lyness, who also is the department’s associate chair for education, is serving as president-elect until assuming the presidency in March 2010 for the 2010-2011 year.

Cyril Meyerowitz, D.D.S., M.S., director of the Eastman Institute for Oral Health at the Medical Center, was named chair of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure, an American Dental Association agency dedicated to promoting high quality and effective processes of dental education, licensure, and credentialing in the United States. He also was elected chair of the New York State Academic Dental Centers, which, along with Eastman, includes the dental schools at Columbia University, New York University, State University of New York at Buffalo and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Thomas A. Pearson, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., the Albert D. Kaiser Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, was elected to the Society of Scholars of Johns Hopkins University. He was among 15 other honorees from around the world. The Society of Scholars inducts former postdoctoral fellows, postdoctoral degree recipients, house staff, as well as junior or visiting faculty who have served at least one year at Johns Hopkins and thereafter gained marked distinction elsewhere in their fields.

Two national orthopaedic organizations honored Professor of Orthopaedics Randy Rosier, M.D., Ph.D., for his significant clinical, research, and educational contributions to the field. The American Orthopaedic Association and the Orthopaedic Research Society presented Rosier with The Alfred R. Shands Jr., M.D., Award, which annually honors a physician who has dedicated a significant portion of their professional career to furthering knowledge of musculoskeletal disease.

Martin Schiavenato, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor at the School of Nursing, was one of just 15 nurse educators nationwide to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar award. The three-year, $350,000 grant will support Schiavenato’s research into how technology can be used to assess pediatric pain. The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program is to develop the next generation of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards for outstanding junior nursing faculty. The program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training, salary, and research support to young faculty.

Berislav Zlokovic, M.D., Ph.D., Dean’s Professor and director of the Center for Neurodegenerative and Vascular Brain Disorders at the Medical Center, received the 2009 Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick’s, Alzheimer’s, and Related Diseases from the American Academy of Neurology. Zlokovic, a professor of neurosurgery and neurology, is recognized worldwide for his pioneering research on the blood vessels in the brain and the crucial role they play in health. He split the $100,000 prize with two other researchers.