UR Chair of Medicine to Speak at Prestigious Pulsifer Lecture

November 01, 1999

Bradford Berk, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Medicine, director of the Center for Cardiovascular Research and chief of Cardiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Pulsifer Lectureship on Nov. 2 at the Rochester Academy of Medicine.

The event is hosted each fall by the Pulsifer family in honor of their late father, Libby Pulsifer, M.D., who was one of the founding physicians of the University of Rochester clinical programs and who served as chief of medicine at Rochester General Hospital. Dr. Pulsifer founded his medical practice in Rochester more than 70 years ago, taking a special interest in geriatrics.

Berk, a nationally recognized expert on the molecular biology andgenetics of cardiovascular disease, earned his medical and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Prior to returning to the Medical Center last fall, Berk was director of both Cardiovascular Research and the Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Program at the University of Washington in Seattle.

His lecture, titled "Preventive Therapies for Cardiovascular Disease," begins at 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Berk is the 16th individual to serve as a Pulsifer Lecture keynote speaker. Past speakers include John Decker, M.D., director of the National Institutes of Health, 1984; Saul Farber, M.D., chairman of the Department of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, 1987; and James A. Bloch, M.D., president and CEO, Johns Hopkins Health System and the Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1992.

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