Valiere Alcena, MD, has been promoted to the position of clinical professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY.
Ting-Kai Li, MD, distinguished professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, and former associate dean for research at the IU School of Medicine, has been appointed director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md. Since 1987, Li has served as director of the IU Alcohol Research Center. He replaces Raynard Kingston, MD, PhD, who has served as the NIAAA's acting director since the retirement of Enoch Gordis, MD, in January.
Luca Cicalese, MD, has joined the Department of Surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, Mass, where he will direct the liver transplant program and establish and direct the adult and pediatric small bowel transplant program. He will also hold an appointment at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. At the same institutions, Mark Uknis, MD, will join the division of transplantation, performing liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation.
M. Jennifer Derebery, MD, an otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles, Calif, has been elected president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery for the 2003-2004 term. She is the first woman in the Academy's 106 year history to be elected president of the organization.
Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD, has been appointed professor and section chief of neurosurgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He was at the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and NeuroResearch, where he was founder and director of the Institute for Spine Care, and at Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, as professor of neurological surgery.
Bernard G. Ewigman, MD, MSPH, a pioneer in applying the tools of clinical epidemiology to primary care and family practice, has been appointed chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He was a professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and director of the Center for Family Medicine Science.
Jeffrey R. Kirsch, MD, has been appointed chair of anesthesiology at Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, Portland. He was professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and vice chair of education and training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.
Richard G. Pestell, MD, PhD, has been appointed director of the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC. He was at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY, where he was chair of the Division of Endocrine-Dependent Tumor Biology.