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Rothstein named chair of medicine

By Matthew C. Wiencke

Richard Rothstein was recently named chair of the Department of Medicine

The Geisel School of Medicine has named Dr. Richard Rothstein the Joseph M. Huber Professor of Medicine and chair of the Department of Medicine. Rothstein served as interim chair of medicine for the past year prior to his new appointment in August.

"Rich is recognized as one of our Medical School's top educators, has been successful as a clinical investigator, and is a top-notch physician," says Dean Chip Souba.

Rothstein joined the Geisel faculty in 1985 and served as section chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at DHMC for 15 years. Under his leadership, the section developed centers of excellence in gastrointestinal and liver disorders and endoscopy. He is considered a pioneer in the field of natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery.

"The Department of Medicine has incredible strength in its programs, faculty, staff, and trainees," says Rothstein. "Many of the leaders in education at Geisel are medicine faculty, and our clerkships and electives are consistently well regarded. Many Geisel students choose careers in internal medicine in part, we believe, because of the role-modeling and supportive educational experiences they received on rotations in our department."

In his new role as chair of medicine, Rothstein is working with colleagues from Geisel and the Tuck School of Business to create a clinical and research program that will focus on the problem of obesity. A second project is a collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges that will help patients, families, and clinicians better address care decisions at times of serious illness and the end of life.

"It is clearly a challenging time to lead a large academic department and I appreciate the opportunity to do so," Rothstein says. "We will face the future together as a team with energy and enthusiasm, and we are destined for success."

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