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New Internal Med Chief Seeks Segue from Science to Patient Care

Published August 2004

Look for a UC Department of Internal Medicine strong in patient care, education and "translational research," says its new chairman, Bradley Britigan, MD.

The trend today, encouraged by major funding sources like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is to support basic, interdisciplinary science that leads to clinical applications, says Dr. Britigan.

Under what he describes as his delegating and interactive leadership style, Dr. Britigan says the department will move into a new growth phase, developing more cross-disciplinary programs that involve varied fields such as molecular and cell biology, genetics, physiology, immunology, microbiology ,biochemistry, epidemiology and outcomes research- "and translating that research to important advances in patient care."

Dr. Britigan became chairman June 2, following the retirement of Robert Luke, MD, who had led the department since 1988.

Dr. Britigan was formerly professor of internal medicine and radiation oncology and headed the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa. He earned his MD from the University of Southern California and completed his internal medicine training at Rhode Island Hospital. He did subspecialty training in infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

With its nine divisions, internal medicine is the largest department in the College of Medicine.

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