Two new department chairs will be arriving at the UC College of Medicine in July.
Arnold Strauss, MD, has been named professor and chair of pediatrics, while Arthur Evans III, MD, has been named professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology. Both appointments are pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees.
Strauss also will serve as chief medical officer of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation.
“Having these two outstanding academic leaders join us will not only help their individual departments, but will further enhance the collaborative spirit between the UC College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s,” says David Stern, MD, dean of the College of Medicine.
Strauss arrives from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he has served since 2000 as pediatrics chair and medical director of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. From 1981 to 2000, Strauss was director of the division of pediatric cardiology at Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
A respected scientist, Strauss’ research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of disorders of mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation and the genetic causes of congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathies.
“Dr. Strauss embodies the teaching, research and clinical care missions of an academic medical center,” Stern says. “In addition, his acumen for research will be a strong factor in enhancing basic, translational and clinical research at both institutions.”
Since 2003, Evans has been professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock.
Joining UC is a homecoming for Evans, who is a Cincinnati native and a 1974 graduate of the UC College of Medicine. His late father, Arthur Evans Jr., MD, served as professor of surgery and head of the division of urology at the College of Medicine from 1963 until 1984.
Evans is board certified in OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine. He has held academic appointments at several medical schools and has served as director of maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Kentucky’s Chandler Medical Center and at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
“The combination of Dr. Evans’ experience as a previous chair and chief of maternal-fetal medicine, as well as his roots in Cincinnati, made him the ideal candidate for our next chair of obstetrics and gynecology,” says Stern. “He and his department will be working closely with Cincinnati Children’s, especially in the neonatology division, to enhance the profile of our women’s health initiative.”
Evans was a member of the U.S. National Rowing Team for three years and the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team, when he was the stroke of the U.S. national eight-oared shell at the Mexico City Olympics.
Strauss replaces Tom Boat, MD, who has led the pediatric department and Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation since 1993. Boat will remain on the Cincinnati Children’s staff and UC faculty as an investigator in the newly established Center for Personalized and Predictive Medicine.
Evans takes over for Leslie Myatt, PhD, who has served as acting chair of OB-GYN since May 2005. Myatt will continue to serve as director of OB-GYN research and the college’s Physician Scientist Training Program.