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Celia Kaye MD, PhD, named to chair pediatrics department (6/23/97)

Following a national search, Celia I. Kaye, MD, PhD, has been selected as the new chairman of pediatrics for The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Former Chairman, Dr. John Mangos, now holds the Miss Eloise Alexander Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Pulmonology.

Medical School Dean James J. Young, PhD, says "A national search produced superb candidates for the pediatrics chair. In this highly competitive mode, careful evaluation resulted in the selection of one of our very own. I'm delighted that we have selected Dr. Celia Kaye. She is an outstanding clinician, an erudite scholar and an insightful researcher. During these past few years she enhanced her preparation by immmersing herself in a variety of leadership forums. I am most pleased with her appointment and look forward to working more closely with her."

Says Dr. Kaye, "Although these are challenging times for pediatrics in Texas, we have a strong and talented department in place. I am very optimistic about our large clinical operation and the future of our research and teaching efforts."

Dr. Kaye sees changes triggered by state-managed Medicaid funding, efforts to expand clinical outreach efforts in South Texas and along the Texas-Mexico border, and efforts to expand the department's research base in the face of increasing competition for funds as some of the issues concerning the department in the immediate future.

"Our wonderful primary hospital partners are the University Health System and Santa Rosa," she says. "Cooperative efforts such as the Children's Heart Network, involving all three institutions and celebrating its third year of operation, are doing very well and are vital to the health of children in the community."

Dr. Kaye, a geneticist who has been professor of pediatrics and of cellular and structural biology since 1990, came to the Health Science Center from Chicago, where she was on the faculty at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and the staff at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center. She earned Master's and Doctor of Medicine degrees from Wayne State University in Michigan and a PhD from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Prior to her appointment as chairman, Dr. Kaye was vice chairman of the department. She was also director of medical education for Santa Rosa Children's Hospital, associate medical director of the cytogenetics laboratory for Santa Rosa Medical Center, deputy chairman for Santa Rosa Children's Hospital activities and co-director of the clinical cytogenetics laboratory at the Health Science Center. She is chairman of the Texas Regional Genetic Network (TEXGENE), a federally funded network of genetics providers and consumers.

Her research interests include 18q minus syndrome and cultural barriers to genetic service provision. Dr. Kaye is also director of the metabolic clinic at Santa Rosa Children's Hospital, where she will continue to be involved in patient care.

Although her immediate concerns will be administrative, she intends to remain involved in both research and teaching, for which she won a 1995 presidential award for excellence in teaching. "My philosophy is that hard work pays off," she says. "Keep smiling, be firm and people will do their best."

Dr. Kaye is married to anesthesiologist Dr. Tod Sloan. The couple has two children.

Contact: Mike Lawrence (210) 567-2570