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The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry has been Chosen as a World Allergy Organization Center of Excellence

Monday, May 6, 2019

John Looney, MD, Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo, MD. PhD, Steve Georas, MD, Sandy Khurana, MD, and Lisa Beck, MD have been awarded a WAO Center of Excellence. The WAO provides educational outreach programs, symposia and lectureships in 100 countries around the world. Centers of Excellence are tasked with intensifying and accelerating multi-disciplinary scientific and clinical research, education, and training in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology.

New Interim Chief and Vice Chief Appointed for Pulmonary and Critical Care

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Two new leaders have been appointed in the Department of Medicine’s Pulmonary and Critical Care Division. Augusto (Gus) Litonjua, M.D., M.P.H., has been named the division’s interim chief, and Anthony Pietropaoli, M.D., M.P.H., has been promoted to vice chief.

Litonjua will assume his interim role May 1st. He currently serves as Chief of the Pulmonary Division in the Department of Pediatrics. He also serves as a Professor of Pulmonology in the Department of Pediatrics and as a Professor of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care in the Department of Medicine.

As Vice Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Pietropaoli will move into an expanded role of developing academic and clinical programs in the division. He will continue to serve as Medical Director of the Medical Intensive Care Service and as a Professor of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine (SMD).

Patricia Sime Stepping Down as Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Department of Medicine will soon begin a search to replace Patricia Sime, M.D., F.R.C.P., vice-chair of Medicine for Research and division chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. She has been recruited to serve as Chair of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, effective July 1.

Sime joined the faculty in 1999 and was named vice-chair in 2008 followed by division chief two years later. During her tenure, clinical and research faculty have grown substantially furthering the academic, education and research missions within the Department of Medicine. She is proud of the expansion of mentoring initiatives for junior trainees and faculty. Sime also assisted in the creation of a pilot research grant program that has been highly effective allowing several faculty members to successfully compete for new external funding.