New appointments at IUSM, IUPUI and IU Health

Aug. 14, 2014

Li named director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Following a nationwide search, Lang Li, Ph.D., professor of medical and molecular genetics, has been selected as the new director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.

Lang Li

Lang Li, Ph.D.

Members of the center conduct independent and collaborative research, provide bioinformatics support through the Bioinformatics Core, and train future bioinformatics specialists.

In addition to building on the center's existing missions, Dr. Li said he believes that the center's structure, and multidisciplinary faculty, give it great potential for state-of-the art work in personalized medicine, translational bioinformatics using the "big data" resources of large biological and medical databases both locally and nationally, and in drug discovery.

The center currently has 12 faculty members from the IU School of Medicine and the IUPUI School of Informatics and Computing.

Dr. Li succeeds founding center Director Keith Dunker, Ph.D., who joined the IU School of Medicine and created the center in 2003.

Dr. Li also is professor of biostatistics at the IU School of Medicine and associate director of the Indiana Institute for Personalized Medicine. He joined the School of Medicine faculty in August 2001.

Blum selected for graduate education leadership role at IUPUI and IU

Janice S. Blum, Ph.D. IUPUI Chancellor’s Professor and professor of microbiology and immunology at the IU School of Medicine, has been selected as the associate vice chancellor for graduate education at IUPUI and associate dean of the University Graduate School at IU, pending approval by the IU Board of Trustees.

Janice Blum

Janice Blum, Ph.D.

"We are delighted that Dr. Blum will be leading our efforts to increase IUPUI’s capacity for graduate education, a critical element of IUPUI’s strategic plan,” said Nasser Paydar, Ph.D., executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at IUPUI. “Through her experience and abilities, Dr. Blum is exceptionally well-qualified to advance graduate education on our campus in collaboration with IUPUI’s schools and with the University Graduate School.”

In her new role, Dr. Blum will play a key role in leading campus efforts to develop tomorrow’s intellectual leaders and scholars through greater opportunities in graduate education, particularly doctorate and interprofessional programs. As associate vice chancellor, Dr. Blum’s responsibilities will include fostering graduate program development, shepherding proposals through the review process and assisting in the development of programs on the IUPUI campus. As associate dean, she will provide leadership for student recruitment, admissions, university-wide fellowships, transfer credit, thesis proposals, dissertation committees, student diversity, student academic standing and student affairs.

Dr. Blum, who joined IU in 1995, has a long-standing interest in graduate education and mentoring that extends beyond the IU School of Medicine, including service as the director of National Institutes of Health-sponsored training programs as well as a study section grant reviewed and a consult for the NIH.

Gottlieb appointed chief medical officer for IU Health

Jonathan E. Gottlieb, M.D., will join IU Health as executive vice president and chief medical officer in late October. Dr. Gottlieb is a dedicated physician and researcher and a natural leader with a clear vision of the academic health system’s role in the dynamic healthcare environment.

Dr. Gottlieb was selected after an extensive search co-chaired by Jay Hess, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine and vice president for university clinical affairs, and Dennis Murphy, chief operating officer for the IU Health.

As chief medical executive for IU Health, Dr. Gottlieb will be responsible for working in partnership with IU School of Medicine to ensure the quality and effectiveness of clinical, research and educational activities throughout all of the IU Health entities. Additionally, he will be responsible for the implementation of key elements of the organization’s strategic plan including our key physician engagement and alignment activities.

Dr. Gottlieb comes to IU Health from the University of Maryland Medical System, a multi-hospital academic health system where he has served as senior vice president and chief medical officer since 2009. Prior to joining UMMS, Dr. Gottlieb served as chief medical officer for St. Louis-based Barnes-Jewish Hospital and assistant vice chancellor for clinical affairs at Washington University’s School of Medicine in St. Louis. Before that, he held leadership positions at a number of hospitals and universities including Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and Norwalk Hospital and Yale University, both in Connecticut.

After obtaining his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Dr. Gottlieb completed an internal medicine internship at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC, his medical residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston and a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Gottlieb is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine.

Alexia M. Torke

Alexia M. Torke, M.D.

Torke named section editor

Alexia M. Torke, M.D., associate professor of medicine at IU School of Medicine, has been named section editor for "Ethics, Public Policy and Medical Economics" by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Dr. Torke also serves on the American Geriatrics Society's Ethics Committee. She is also associate director of the IU Center for Aging Research and an investigator at the Regenstrief Institute.

New staff members in Medical Student Affairs

Several new staff members have joined the IU School of Medicine Office of Medical Student Affairs.

Amanda Croy will join the Office of Medical Student Affairs as registrar. Croy previously served as the student assessment specialist in the IUSM Office of Undergraduate Medical Education. She holds a bachelors and masters in education from Ball State University.There new staff members have joined the IU School of Medicine Office of Medical Student Affairs.

Joyce Marlatt joins MSA as a senior administration assistant. She previously served as unit secretary at IU Health University Hospital, where she also gained experience as administrative assistant and coordinator for the fellowship program in critical care. Marlett will support Sheryl Allen, M.D., associate dean for medical student affairs, and Antwione Haywood, Ph.D., assistant dean for medical student affairs.

Rachel Urso will join MSA as a special events coordinator. She previously served as a staff member at the IUSM Office of Faculty Planning and Operations. Urso has many years of experience planning convention center events. She holds a bachelor's in business administration from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Mo.

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