Health & Medicine

January 24, 2013

UCD medical dean will take foundation post

Dr. Claire Pomeroy, who announced last November that she would step down as dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine, will become president of the New York-based Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to medical research.

Officials of the nearly 70-year-old foundation said Pomeroy will join it this spring.

In November, Pomeroy announced that she would resign from her UCD post. The announcement came amid a federal investigation of neurosurgeons at the UC Davis Medical Center. However, at that time, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi made no link between Pomeroy's departure and the probe.

The Lasker Foundation noted that Pomeroy is an expert in infectious diseases and a professor of internal medicine, and microbiology and immunology.

Pomeroy succeeds Dr. Maria Freire, who led the foundation from 2008 until her appointment last November as president of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

Dr. Alfred Sommer, chairman of the Lasker Foundation board, said Pomeroy "has demonstrated leadership, scholarship and vision, both as a researcher and as an advocate of bringing the benefits of medical research to the bedside and to the improvement of the health of the population as a whole."

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