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Three faculty honored with named titles

Nov. 7, 2013

Naga P. Chalasani, M.D., was named the first holder of the David W. Crabb Chair in Gastroenterology and Hepatology on Sept. 1, pending Board of Trustees approval. His new faculty title will be David W. Crabb Professor of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Naga P. Chalasani, M.D.

Naga P. Chalasani, M.D.

This honorary chair was established in 2013 by University Medical Diagnostic Associates to honor the career of David W. Crabb, M.D., Chair and John B. Hickam Professor of Medicine at the IU School of Medicine. Dr. Crabb received his M.D. from the IU School of Medicine in 1978, later completing a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology.

He joined the faculty in 1983 as assistant professor and attained full rank in 1990. He was appointed vice chair for research in the Department of Medicine from 1993 to 2000 and assistant dean for research in the IU School of Medicine from 1999 to 2001. Dr. Crabb also serves as the director of the Indiana Alcohol Research Institute and as a member of the Board of Directors of Indiana University Health Physicians and of the Regenstrief Institute and as a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology.

It is the intent of the donor that the holder of the chair will be the faculty member who is the Division Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Chalasani will retain his current titles of professor of medicine and adjunct professor of cellular and integrative physiology at the IU School of Medicine. 

Bert H. O’Neil, M.D., was named the first holder of the Joseph W. and Jackie J. Cusick Chair in Oncology, on Sept. 17, pending Board of Trustees approval. His new faculty title will be Joseph W. and Jackie J. Cusick Professor of Oncology.

Bert H. O'Neil, M.D.

Bert H. O'Neil, M.D.

This honorary chair was established in 2003 by Jackie J. Cusick in honor of her husband Joseph W. Cusick. The Cusicks were married in 1958, a marriage that produced two children, Jeffery and Martin, and which lasted for 40 years until Joseph died of colorectal cancer. Joseph co-founded, co-owned and co-operated NCA Group, which was instrumental in building New Hope Presbyterian Church in Fishers, Ind., where he served as an elder, and was very interested in advancing educational opportunities.

It is the intent of the donor that the holder of the chair will be a full-time faculty member of the IU School of Medicine and a member of the IU Simon Cancer Center involved in clinical or basic science research aimed at enhancing treatment for patients with gastrointestinal cancers. Dr. O'Neil will retain current his title as professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine. He also serves as director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Program and Phase I clinical trials programs at IU.

Rajiv Sood, M.D., has been named the first holder of the Dr. Sanford and Thelma E. Glanz Professorship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. His new faculty title will be the Dr. Sanford and Thelma E. Glanz Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Rajiv Sood, M.D.

Rajiv Sood, M.D.

This honorary professorship was established after Dr. Glanz's death in 2011 to recognize excellence in patient care, teaching, and research. An undergraduate and medical degree holder from The Ohio State University, Dr. Glanz became interested in plastic surgery after encountering several children with cleft lips, cleft palates, and other deformities. Later, during an internship with the Navy during World War II, he treated many badly burned servicemen.

In 1950, after a stint with the Seabees in the South Pacific, as well as a surgical residency in New York, Dr. Glanz joined the IU School of Medicine as the first-ever resident in plastic surgery. After completing his residency in 1952, Dr. Glanz spent the rest of his career as a physician in Corpus Christi, Texas.

It is the intent of the donor that the holder of the professorship will be a faculty member working in the area of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Sood will retain his current title as professor of plastic surgery at the IU School of Medicine.

Dr. Sood was also recently named the director of the plastic surgery residency program at the IU School of Medicine.

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