Ralph I. Horwitz, M.D.
Ralph I. Horwitz, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has announced he will step down as dean September 15 to accept a position at Stanford University.
Dean and vice president for medical affairs at Case—as well as the first director of the Case Research Institute—since April 1, 2003, Horwitz will remain on faculty at the School of Medicine until December 1, 2006, at which time he will assume the position of Arthur Bloomfield Professor and chair of the department of medicine at Stanford University.
"During the past three and a half years, it has been my privilege to serve as the steward of one of America's great medical schools," Horwitz said. "I owe a deep debt of gratitude to a superb faculty that has created internationally acclaimed programs of research and education, to our students who express their confidence in our medical school each year when they elect to attend Case School of Medicine and to a dedicated staff."
Over the next few weeks, Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., will work with members of the medical school faculty to discuss the appointment of an interim dean.
"I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Horwitz and for what he has provided during his tenure at the school and have very much enjoyed working with him during the short time I have been at Case Western Reserve University," Eastwood said. "As an alumnus of the medical school, I have a great interest in the school's leadership and its faculty."
Under Horwitz's leadership, the School of Medicine has attracted new faculty; restored facilities and is building school-wide infrastructure; launched the Western Reserve 2 curriculum, the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case and began the visioning process for the West Quad BioMedical campus project; crafted a new affiliation with University Hospitals of Cleveland and created a Case Medical Center; and bolstered partnerships between the school and all major health-care providers in Northeast Ohio.
Dr. Horwitz sent a letter to the School of Medicine faculty and staff today. Read his full message here.
Before joining Case, Horwitz was the Harold H. Hines Jr. Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the Yale University School of Medicine and chair of the department of internal medicine. He also served as co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and was chief of the Beeson Medical Service at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Horwitz received his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, trained in internal medicine at McGill University and Massachusetts General Hospital and was a research fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale.
He is internationally known for his pioneering research that helped to establish the field of clinical investigation and outcomes research, for his distinguished leadership in reinvigorating the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale, for his innovative programs in the education of physicians and the training of physician scientists and for his visionary renewal of the social contract linking the practice of medicine to the civic responsibility of the profession of medicine.
Horwitz is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Epidemiology. He is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the Association of American Physicians (AAP). He has served as chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a member of the Council of the AAP. He was recently named a member of the advisory committee of the director of the National Institutes of Health, a distinguished group that focuses on policy matters relating to bio¬medical research, medical science and biomedical communications.
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