• By Karl W Oestreich

Mayo Clinic awards sixteen named professorships

September 15, 2015

Named Professorships logoROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic recognized 16 new named professorships with a dinner and program on Sept. 14. Awarded through nomination and peer endorsement, and in honor of Mayo benefactors, this appointment is Mayo Clinic’s highest academic distinction.

The named professors are:

Jennifer Westendorf, Ph.D., a researcher in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, has received the Margaret Amini Professorship in Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine Research. She also serves as vice chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and as a professor at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in biology and biochemistry/molecular biology and orthopedics. Dr. Westendorf’s bio can be found here.

Margaret Redfield, M.D., a cardiologist in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases in Mayo Clinic’s Department of Internal Medicine, has been recognized as the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor in Cardiology and Critical Care. She is also the director of Mayo’s Circulatory Failure Program and co-director of the Cardiorenal Research Laboratory.  Dr. Redfield’s bio can be found here.

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Mark McNiven, Ph.D., is a researcher in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the clinic’s Department of Internal Medicine. He has been named the George M. Eisenberg Professorship and Bernard Pollack Professorship. He also serves as director for the Gastrointestinal Cancer Program at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and director of the Mayo Center for Biomedical Discovery. Dr. McNiven’s bio can be found here.

James Maher, III, Ph.D., a researcher in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and dean of Mayo Graduate School, has been awarded theGeorge M. Eisenberg Professorship and Bernard Pollack Professorship. Dr. Maher’s bio can be found here.

Lewis Roberts, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D., is a physician in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Internal Medicine. He has received the Peter and Frances Georgeson Professorship in Gastroenterology Cancer Research. Dr. Roberts’ bio can be found here.

Daniel Billadeau, Ph.D., a researcher in the Division of Oncology Research, has been recognized as the Edmond A. and Marion F. Guggenheim Professor. He has joint appointments in the Department of Medical Oncology and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and holds the academic rank of professor of immunology and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Billadeau’s bio can be found here.

Jae Oh, M.D., is a cardiologist in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases. He has been named the Samsung Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases in recognition of his research and work, which includes current appointments as director of the Echocardiography Core Laboratory, director of the Pericardial Disease Clinic, and co-director of Integrated Cardiac Imaging. He is also a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Oh’s bio can be found here.

Fergus Couch, Ph.D., chair of the Division of Experimental Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and professor of laboratory medicine and pathology, has been awarded the Zbigniew and Anna M. Scheller Professorship of Medical Research. He is jointly appointed in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Department of Health Sciences Research. In 2013, he was named Mayo Clinic Investigator of the Year. The Investigator of the Year Award is presented to individuals who have made a significant advance in practice-changing research, a strong record of extramural funding, and a strong record of research mentorship. Dr. Couch's bio can be found here.

Vincent Rajkumar, M.D., a hematologist in the Division of Hematology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, has received the Edward W. and Betty Knight Scripps Professorship in Medicine in Honor of Dr. Edward C. Rosenow, III. He has joint appointments in the Department of Hematology and the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and serves as chair of the Myeloma, Amyloid, and Dysproteinemia Group for Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. Dr. Rajkumar’s bio can be found here.

Bradley Leibovich, M.D., is chair for the Department of Urology. He has been awarded the David C. Utz, M.D., Professorship of Urology. Dr. Leibovich’s bio can be found here.

Joseph Dearani, M.D., a cardiovascular surgeon and chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, has been recognized as the Sheikh Zayed Professorship in Cardiovascular Diseases Honoring George M. Gura, M.D. He is jointly appointed in the Division of Transplantation Surgery, and is a professor of surgery at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Dearani’s bio can be found here.

Rosa Rademakers, Ph.D., a neuroscience researcher at Mayo Clinic in Florida, has been named the Mildred A. and Henry Uihlein, II, Professor of Medical Research. She is a professor of neuroscience at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine with full faculty privileges in neuroscience at Mayo Graduate School. Dr. Rademakers’ bio can be found here.

Claudia Lucchinetti, M.D., is a neurologist and chair of the Department of Neurology, as well as assistant director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Multiple Sclerosis and Demyelinating Diseases. She is a recipient of the Mary Lowell Leary Professorship. Dr. Lucchinetti recently completed her tenure as chair of the CNBT NIH study section from 2012-2014. Dr. Lucchinetti’s bio can be found here.

Leonard Petrucelli, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, has been awarded the Ralph B. and Ruth K. Abrams Professorship, and has full faculty privileges in molecular neuroscience at Mayo Graduate School. Dr. Petrucelli’s bio can be found here.

Jan Buckner, M.D., chair of the Department of Oncology, has been recognized as the Betty J. Foust, M.D., and Parents’ Professor. He also serves as deputy director of clinic practice for Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. Dr. Bucker’s bio can be found here.

Mark Stegall, M.D., is a physician with joint appointments in Transplantation Surgery and the Department of Immunology. He has been named the James C. Masson Professor of Surgery Research. He also serves as director of the Transplant Immunology Research Laboratory. Dr. Stegall’s bio can be found here.

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