He succeeds Arthur Briggs, MD, the department's founding chairman, who has stepped down as chairman, but remains on the faculty.
"The appointment of Dr. Frazer as chairman completes the leadership of the Graduate School," said graduate dean Sanford A. Miller, PhD. "Dr. Frazer is a world-recognized neuropharmacologist whose interests transcend classical pharmacology and will result in interaction and collaborations with a number of other departments and programs at the Health Science Center. We are fortunate to have him with us."
Dr. Frazer comes to San Antonio from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia where he was professor of pharmacology in psychiatry and professor of pharmacology.
His research interests include the mechanism of action of antidepressant drugs and regulation of receptors, particularly those for serotonin and norepinephrine.
"Dr. Frazer is a world-class scientist and possesses outstanding administrative skills," said Joel Baseman, PhD, chairman of microbiology, who chaired the search committee that recommended Dr. Frazer. "He understands and recognizes academic quality and is highly enthusiastic about the future of the pharmacology department and its role in the Health Science Center. He is strongly committed to establishing interdisciplinary research collaborations and teaching programs. I'm very excited about his arrival, and he will be a wonderful addition to the Health Science Center family."
Dr. Frazer earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, and a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Pennsylvania. He has received numerous honors including the National Institute of Mental Health prestigious MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award.
He has authored more than 150 scientific papers, reviews and book chapters. He is co-editor of the texts Biological Bases of Psychiatric Disorders and Biology of Normal and Abnormal Brain Function.