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University of Rochester Medical Center Names New Chair of Pediatrics

Thursday, January 19, 2006

After a year-long search, the University of Rochester Medical Center has found its new leader in pediatrics, reaching into one of America’s top-rated children’s hospitals. Nina Schor, M.D., Ph.D., today was named chair of the Department of Pediatrics, pediatrician-in-chief of Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong and professor of Pediatrics at the Medical Center. Schor, who is currently chief of the Division of Child Neurology of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, will begin her appointment Jan. 1, 2007, succeeding current chair Elizabeth McAnarney, M.D., who will continue to be actively involved at the Medical Center as professor of Pediatrics in Adolescent Medicine and chair emerita. 

“Under Dr. McAnarney, Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong has become a leading pediatric care and research institution for children across upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania. With that strong foundation, Dr. Schor will be able to continue to build the hospital into an unparalleled organization,” said C. McCollister Evarts, M.D., CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center. “In addition, Dr. Schor’s background in neurology will strengthen the Medical Center’s efforts in the Neurosciences.”

Schor will be the seventh chair of the Department of Pediatrics since its inception 80 years ago. She is nationally recognized for her research on neuroblastoma (the most common tumor of the nervous system in children), and degenerative disease and oxygen radical damage in the nervous system. She currently holds the Carol Ann Craumer Endowed Chair for Pediatric Research at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and is chief of the Division of Child Neurology, director of the Pediatric Center for Neuroscience, and associate dean for Medical Student Research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

“Dr. Schor’s career embodies and celebrates the academic clinician. Not only is she widely recognized as a superb investigator, clinician and educator, but she has managed to weave these skills together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts,” said Dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry David Guzick, M.D., Ph.D. “Her demonstrated leadership and administrative skills, as well as her ability to engage the community in children’s health, will be a great asset to the University of Rochester and to the region.” 

Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong is the region's only children's hospital, providing care for close to 100,000 children through its inpatient and outpatient services. It is in the final stages of a capital campaign that has raised more than $40 million to date, which in part is helping to fund new expansions and programs at the hospital including the recently opened Pediatric Intensive Care and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Units and a surgical suite currently under construction.

“Nina Schor, succinctly said, is one of the finest young pediatric academicians in the country with an impeccable academic pedigree and deep integrity. She has skillfully navigated the academic worlds in both neurology and pediatrics with great aplomb,” said McAnarney.

Schor trained in Pediatrics and Neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital of Harvard University. She received her M.D. from Cornell University Medical School and her Ph.D from the Rockefeller University. Schor has been an attending physician in child neurology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh since 1986 and has won numerous awards, including several for teaching.

“I am very much looking forward to joining this wonderful University, Medical Center, and community,” Schor said. “I will work to maximize the health and wellbeing of our children and to ensure that tomorrow's children will enjoy a level of health care that surpasses the best we can offer today.”

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