Wake Forest University’s new medical school dean will come from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Edward Abraham, chair of the department of medicine at UAB, takes his new post in Winston-Salem, North Carolina effective Aug. 1. Abraham succeeds Dr. William Applegate, who has served as dean of the Wake Forest School of Medicine since 2002. Applegate had announced his plans to resign so he could return to the faculty. He will focus on clinical geriatrics and comparative effectiveness research.
Dr. John D. McConnell, CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a statement that Abraham brings to Wake Forest accomplishments as a scientist whose programs have received continuous National Institutes of Health funding for more than 25 years.
“He will lead both our educational and research enterprises, as well as enhance the academic accomplishments of our clinical mission,” McConnell said.
Wake Forest notes that Abraham has been either the principal or co-investigator on more than $35 million in NIH grants or contracts and $58 million in other research funding. He also holds four patents. He served as chairman of medicine at UAB for five years. Before UAB, he spent 13 years at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where he held several leadership positions.
Abraham received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford University. He did his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in critical care medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Abraham, currently section editor for the Journal of Immunology, has published more than 300 original research articles, reviews, editorials and book chapters.