George O’Connor, M.D., M.S. – Interim Chief of the Section of Preventive Medicine in the Department of Medicine
We are delighted to announce that George O’Connor, M.D., M.S. has agreed to serve as Interim Chief of the Section of Preventive Medicine in the Department of Medicine starting September 1, 2022. Dr. O’Connor is Professor of Medicine based in the Pulmonary Section. He is internationally known for his studies of the epidemiology of chronic respiratory diseases, particularly in asthma, and currently serves as Associate Editor of JAMA. Dr. O’Connor is also a skilled clinician and educator, in addition to his considerable accomplishments as a physician investigator.
Dr. O’Connor will be replacing Dr. Vasan Ramachandran who will be moving to the University of Texas at San Antonio to become the founding Dean of the School of Public Health. Dr. Ramachandran is one of the world’s leading cardiovascular epidemiologists who has led a number research and training programs in the Department and School of Medicine, especially including the Framingham Heart Study and RURAL study, two of the most important longitudinal studies of cardiovascular risk in the U.S. We are very grateful for his academic leadership, mentorship of innumerable trainees and faculty, and his enduring positive impact on the Department.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. O’Connor and in thanking Dr. Ramachandran for his leadership!