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Duke University official to head School of Medicine

August 18th, 2006

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Edward Halperin

Duke University administrator Edward Halperin has been selected dean of the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine.

Halperin, vice dean and professor of radiation oncology, pediatrics and medical education at Duke’s medical school and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at its medical center, will assume his post on Nov. 1 pending approval by U of L trustees.

“He has exactly the right skills to take our medical school to the next level,” said U of L President James Ramsey. "I know his leadership will be an asset to the university and to the entire Louisville community, and I’m thrilled to recommend his appointment."

Halperin holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, a master of arts degree from Duke and a doctor of medicine degree from Yale University. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Stanford University and a residency in radiation medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

He joined Duke in 1983 as assistant professor in radiation oncology, later rising to department chair and medical school vice dean. Besides supervising some 850 clinical faculty and 800 residents in Duke’s clinical medicine departments, he has overseen graduate programs in medicine, physical therapy and health sciences.

Also at Duke, he helped create a new educational curriculum for the doctor of medicine program, initiated four new dual degree programs and helped launch a strategic plan to improve the university’s research ranking by the National Institutes of Health.

“The University of Louisville School of Medicine has an honorable history, a tradition of excellence and a promising future,” Halperin said. “I look forward to partnering with U of L’s students, staff and faculty and the citizens of Kentucky to enhance the growth and prosperity of this great metropolitan research university.”

Halperin’s “impressive skills and outstanding track record will help advance our clinical effectiveness, keep our curriculum on the leading edge and grow and develop our research enterprise,” said Larry Cook, U of L’s executive vice president of health affairs.

A practicing physician in pediatric radiation oncology, Halperin will continue his clinical practice at U of L’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Cook said.

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