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Martínez-Maldonado named executive VP for research

December 13th, 2006

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Manuel Martínez-Maldonado

Nephrologist Manuel Martínez-Maldonado has been selected as the executive vice president for research at the University of Louisville.

President and dean of Ponce School of Medicine, in his native Puerto Rico, from 2000 to 2006, Martínez-Maldonado boasts a long list of academic and administrative positions. He has been professor of medicine, vice provost and vice president for research at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland; vice chair of the department of medicine at Emory University Medical School; and director of internal medicine and ambulatory care at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

He also has held professorships at Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Puerto Rico, Emory University and OHSU, and has taught at Harvard and Vanderbilt universities.

Martínez-Maldonado has authored numerous scientific publications. His research interests are the regulation of blood pressure and the effect of high blood pressure on the kidneys. He also focuses on the renin angiotensin system, a hormone system that helps regulate long-term blood pressure and blood volume in the body and which is controlled primarily by the kidneys.

He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Also a published poet, Martínez-Maldonado said UofL’s tremendous growth, not only in research and the health sciences, but also university-wide, was a contributing factor to his accepting the post.

“A great university must have great arts and sciences departments,” he said, adding that what happens on Belknap Campus is of critical importance to the success of UofL.

Martínez-Maldonado noted that he arrived at Baylor, Oregon and Emory and Ponce when they were “trying to achieve new goals” and that he was able to help further them.

“I know I can help” UofL do the same, he said.

“It will be a real delight to work with Dr. Ramsey and all the other vice presidents,” he said. “I look forward to that interaction.”

UofL President James Ramsey praised Martínez-Maldonado, as well as his predecessor, Nancy Martin.

“Dr. Martínez-Maldonado brings a distinguished career of research and administration to this post,” Ramsey said. “As executive vice president for research for the past 10 years, Dr. Nancy Martin did an outstanding job in building our research program. I believe Martínez-Maldonado will build skillfully upon our research successes.”

Martínez-Maldonado’s appointment will be effective Jan. 1 pending Board of Trustee approval.

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