Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Announce New Chairman of Department of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center

Renowned liver specialist to join Columbia University Medical Center team in March

Jan 14, 2003

New York, NY

Columbia University College of Physicians Surgeons (PS) and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital have named David Brenner, M.D. to the position of chairman of the Department of Medicine at PS and director of the Medical Service at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Brenner, currently professor of medicine and biochemistry at the University of North Carolina, succeeds acting chairman Joseph Tenenbaum, M.D. Dr. Brenner's tenure is to begin in March.

We are excited and grateful that Dr. Brenner will join our outstanding team, says Gerald Fischbach, M.D., executive vice president for Health and Biomedical Sciences and dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Columbia University. We also thank the search committee particularly Drs. Michael Shelanski and Eric Rose who worked so hard to identify and bring forth such an impressive choice.

Herbert Pardes, M.D., president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, says, Dr. Brenner's experience as a distinguished scientist and dedicated physician will greatly benefit our staff and our patients. He is a remarkable leader of academic physicians in these challenging times, and we are delighted that he has agreed to bring his extraordinary skills here to New York.

Dr. Brenner has made outstanding contributions to the understanding of liver repair and the molecular biology of liver fibrosis and has received many awards for his clinical teaching and research.

Dr. Brenner received his M.D. from Yale University. After serving as a resident at Yale, he worked at the National Institutes of Health, then joined the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. In 1992 he was appointed the Nina and John Sessions Distinguished Professor of Digestive Diseases at the University of North Carolina, where Dr. Brenner also holds a professorship in biochemistry and biophysics.

In addition, Dr. Brenner serves as the Chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition and is editor-in-chief of Gastroenterology, the field's premier journal.

I am thrilled to become part of a place that provides such outstanding patient care and a top-notch residency program, Dr. Brenner says. At Columbia University Medical Center I see a great opportunity to continue to bridge the gap between its terrific basic research and devoted patient care through translational research.