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Medical School dean named (12-15-99)

Steven A. Wartman, M.D., Ph.D., of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, has been named dean of the Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, announced John P. Howe, III, M.D., president of the Health Science Center. The appointment is effective this spring. Dr. Wartman succeeds the retiring dean, James J. Young, Ph.D.

"After an extensive nationwide search, we have found the right person to lead our Medical School into the new century," Dr. Howe said. "Dr. Wartman is an outstanding medical academician and scholar with a thorough understanding of graduate medical education. The Medical Schoolís first 30 years have been remarkable years of progress. Now, under Dr. Wartmanís leadership, that progress will reach an unprecedented level of excellence for our community and country."

Dr. Wartman currently occupies the Edward Meilman Distinguished Chair of Medicine and is physician-in-chief at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is also director of the Center for Quality Research of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

The Health Science Centerís Medical School has an annual budget in excess of $250 million and employs 586 full- and part-time faculty. "As its dean, Dr. Wartman will play an important role in San Antonioís leading industry, the biosciences," Dr. Howe said.

The Medical School is affiliated with more than 1,500 clinical faculty and dozens of institutions in South Texas. Medical School faculty provided $94.4 million in charity care to the medically indigent during the 1998-99 fiscal year.

Dr. Young, a distinguished U.S. Army general, directed exponential growth of the Medical School over the last decade, including development and implementation of expanded health professions initiatives throughout the South Texas/Border Region.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell University in 1966, Dr. Wartman received his medical degree in 1970 from Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins in 1979. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He completed an internship at Stanford University Medical Center and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, both in internal medicine, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Johns Hopkins from 1976 to 1978 while doing a senior residency in internal medicine at Baltimore City Hospital.

At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Wartman was an International Fellow in Health Care in Yugoslavia (1969). Subsequently, he was a Henry Luce Scholar in Indonesia (1975-76). In 1991 the U.S. Public Health Service selected him, as the nominee of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), for its Primary Care Policy Fellowship. His other honors include a Leadership and Achievement Award in 1997 from the Society of General Internal Medicine, of which he is also a past president, and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administrationís 1999 Award for Excellence for Outstanding Leadership and Interdisciplinary Collaboration for his role as co-director of the Interdisciplinary Generalist Curriculum Project.

Dr. Wartman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Before joining the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 1995, he was professor of medicine at the University of Miami and director of medical services and chairman of medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. Prior to that he spent 13 years on the faculty at Brown University, where he founded the Division of General Internal Medicine and served as residency program director.

Dr. Wartman has authored or contributed to more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, book chapters, letters and other publications. His long-standing professional interests include health care delivery, health policy, medical ethics and medical education.

A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Wartman, 55, is married to Gina Caliri. He has two grown sons. His hobbies and interests include music, literature, tennis and fitness.

Contact: Will Sansom