(Philadelphia, PA) - Andrew I. Schafer, MD, has been appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, effective September 3, 2002. Dr. Schafer currently serves as Chair of the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas.

"Following a nationwide search, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Schafer as Chair of the Department of Medicine and the Frank Wister Thomas Professor of Medicine," said Dr. Arthur H. Rubenstein, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine. "Dr. Schafer is exceptionally well qualified to assume this important leadership role within PENN Medicine. His demonstrated accomplishments in all areas of academic medicine will be of great value to us and will further strengthen an already highly accomplished department."

As Chair, Dr. Schafer will have administrative responsibility for the School of Medicine's largest and most complex department - which includes 13 clinical divisions and 500 faculty. "I am eager to help build on the significant gains PENN Medicine has made in the past, and help forecast and meet the challenges of the future," said Dr. Schafer. "I look forward to joining Penn, a world-class institution known for its quality patient care, cutting-edge biomedical research, and stellar training of the next generation of physician-scientists."

Dr. Schafer's clinical and research areas of expertise are in hematology, thrombosis, hemostasis, coagulation, platelet function, and vascular cell biology. He is the author of more than 180 original articles in the field and has edited or co-edited five textbooks. He is currently principal investigator of two National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants in the area of platelet and vascular cell biology.

At Penn, one of Dr. Schafer's priorities will be to further integrate researchers with clinicians in order to build meaningful collaborative relationships. "A current challenge of academic medicine is to reacquaint practicing physicians with the value of partnering with like-minded scientists in the pursuit of knowledge that will have a positive impact on patient care," explained Dr. Schafer. "To that end, it will be necessary to create and maintain an environment that stimulates a smooth and seamless integration of clinicians with researchers."

As an educator, Dr. Schafer believes that students, residents, and fellows should be introduced to the practical applications of theoretical principles, especially in the areas of medical ethics, healthcare policy, and humanism. "To create the next generation of leaders in medicine, our educational experience must involve students in current and future financial, ethical, and culture-of-care challenges faced by physicians and their patients," he said.

This appointment welcomes Dr. Schafer back to Penn's School of Medicine, from which he graduated in 1973. Following his residency training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics, Schafer completed clinical and research fellowships at Harvard Medical School-affiliate Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now known as Brigham & Women's Hospital). In 1981, he joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School as Assistant Professor of Medicine and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1987. From 1984 to 1989, he was Chief of Hematology and Oncology at both West Roxbury and Brockton Veterans Administration Hospitals, in Boston and Brockton, MA, respectively.

Dr. Schafer began his tenure at Baylor in 1989 while simultaneously becoming Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Rice University (an appointment he still holds). At Baylor School of Medicine, he has served as Associate Dean of the School of Medicine, and is an ongoing member of the Faculty and Promotions Committee. Since 1998, Dr. Schafer has been Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Baylor, and Chief of the Internal Medicine Service at The Methodist Hospital, in Houston.

Dr. Schafer holds leadership positions and memberships in many prestigious professional groups and societies. Currently, he serves on the Board of Extramural Advisors of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH; the Science Advisory and Coordinating Committee of the American Heart Association (AHA); and the International Advisory Board of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis. Dr. Schafer is a fellow in the American Heart Association's Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology; and is Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee of the American Society of Hematology. He is a long-standing member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the Association of Professors of Medicine. Dr. Schafer earned Harvard University's Milton Fund Research Award and was Established Investigator of the American Heart Association for his work in platelet and vascular cell biology.

Dr. Schafer is on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, including Platelets, Circulation, Journal of Cardiovascular Risk, American Journal of Medicine, Current Medicinal Chemistry, and American Journal of Medical Sciences. He has served on the Research Study Sections of the National Institutes of Health and theVeterans Administration.

Dr. Schafer will relocate to the Philadelphia region, where he will be joined by his wife, Pauline, an educator. The Schafers have three children: Kate, Pamela and Eric.

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