October 5, 2001

Worcester, Mass. - Dana K. Andersen, MD, has been named professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care. Andersen comes to Worcester from a position as chief of the Section of Surgical Gastroenterology and vice chair of the Department of Surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine. The appointment was announced by Aaron Lazare, MD, chancellor and dean at UMMS, and Arthur R. Russo, MD, CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care. "Dr. Andersen's credentials are stellar," said Dr. Russo, "but just as importantly, however, his vision for the department reflects its key role in the continued success of our academic medical center."

"Dr. Andersen's experience and training make him an ideal match for the aspirations of the Department of Surgery," said Dr. Lazare. "His extensive clinical expertise in pancreas and liver surgery is complemented by a strong interest in basic science investigation, including National Institutes of Health funding as a principal investigator, and a devotion to academic medicine."

Andersen succeeds Demetrius E. M. Litwin, MD, associate professor and vice chair of surgery, who has served as interim chair since January, 2001. Andersen trained in general and thoracic surgery at Duke University, from which he received his undergraduate and medical degrees; he served as a clinical associate in endocrinology & metabolism at the NIH's National Institute on Aging, where his work in the area of glucose metabolism and the biochemical function of the pancreas has formed the basis of a hugely influential career in pancreatic and hepatobiliary surgery at some of the nation's finest medical centers-SUNY Health Sciences Center in Brooklyn, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the University of Chicago and Yale.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a past president of the Association for Academic Surgery, and a member of the NIH Study Section panel on surgery and bioengineering. He is the author of dozens of original articles, abstracts, reviews and book chapters in scientific and medical journals, and is a member, officer or past officer of many of the nation's most prestigious medical and surgical societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the American Surgical Association and the International Society of Surgery.

"Dr. Andersen captures the qualities of leadership and vision we believe will have a tremendous positive impact on UMass Memorial Health Care and the health of the people of the region," said Dr. Russo, "and it is our good fortune to welcome him as a colleague and member of the community."

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, attracting more than $123 million in research funding annually. A perennial top ten finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research and public service.

UMass Memorial Health Care is central Massachusetts' largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with teaching hospitals, affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services. UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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