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Dr. Strom: PennMed/UPHS

B. Strom

Dr. Brian L. Strom, George S. Pepper Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, has been appointed Associate Vice Dean and Associate Vice President for Strategic Integration, EVP of UPHS/Dean of the School of Medicine, Dr. Arthur Rubenstein and UPHS CEO Ralph Muller announced recently.

Dr. Strom will be responsible for integration of the research, clinical and educational activities of the medical school and health system. "Successful planning and implementation of maximal synergy in these endeavors is a challenge that we all face," said Dr. Rubenstein. "Brian's primary charge in these positions is to ensure that we take full advantage of our system-wide resources in mission planning and operation. In conducting this effort he will approach the review of existing activities and the generation of new opportunities from an end-user perspective that cuts across each of the major constituencies: faculty, school and health system administration and staff, and clinical and research trainees," Dr. Rubenstein added.

"His first specific project task in this new position is to develop an integrated vision for medical/biomedical informatics at Penn Medicine. Brian will be reaching out to all components of this area for participation, from patient registry and care to health services and genomics research and education," said Mr. Muller.

Dr. Strom is also chair and professor of biostatistics & epidemiology, professor of medicine, professor of pharmacology, and director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and chair of the Graduate Group in Epidemiology & Biostatistics. He will retain these responsibilities in accepting this new position. "Indeed, the breadth of his current activities: as investigator, mentor, practicing physician, and administrative leader positions him ideally for this new responsibility," added Dr. Rubenstein.

After earning his B.S. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale, Dr. Strom obtained his M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was an intern and resident in Internal Medicine and NIH fellow in clinical pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco, and earned the M.P.H. degree in epidemiology at UC Berkeley. He has been on the faculty here since 1980. Although Dr. Strom's interests span many areas of clinical epidemiology, his major research interest is in pharmacoepidemiology; here he has authored over 350 manuscripts and held over 175 grants.

He was a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians, the Board of Directors of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and the Board of Directors for the American College of Epidemiology. He is Editor for the Americas for Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, the official journal of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology and the International Society of Pharmacovigilance. 

He serves on the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee for the U.S. FDA. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He chaired the Institute Committee to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of the Anthrax Vaccine, and is currently Chair of the Institute Committee on Smallpox Vaccine Program Implementation. Dr. Strom is one of only a handful of clinical epidemiologists ever elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and American Association of Physicians.



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 22, February 17, 2004