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New Chair of Medicine at UW School of Medicine and Public Health

MADISON – Dr. Richard Page, a leading cardiologist and president of the Heart Rhythm Society, has been named as chair of the department of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.

Page, who holds the Robert Bruce Endowed Chair in cardiovascular research and heads the division of cardiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, is expected to join the UW faculty in early December.

"I am delighted that Dr. Page will be heading our department of medicine. I believe his leadership will take us to new levels of achievement," said Dr. Robert N. Golden, the dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and vice chancellor for medical affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "He is a nationally respected expert in the area of atrial fibrillation and other cardiac disorders, and brings many years of clinical, research, educational and national leadership to our school."

Page received his undergraduate and medical degrees at Duke University, where he was elected to the AOA honor society and completed a one-year Sarnoff Fellowship in the department of pharmacology at Columbia University. He completed his residency in medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship training at Duke, prior to joining the Duke faculty.
 
He was then recruited to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1992, where he served as director of clinical cardiac electrophysiology until his appointment as head of the division of cardiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2002.

"Dr. Page is an outstanding leader in academic medicine. His contributions to the electrophysiology field have been enormous, and his commitment to mentoring students and trainees in research and clinical medicine is legendary," said Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. "The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is fortunate to have Rick join the leadership team."
 
"All of us at the University of Washington Medicine are proud of the leadership role that Rick will be taking on in Wisconsin," said Dr. Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine and dean of the School of Medicine. "As an innovative leader, Rick made a number of important contributions to the division of cardiology at the University of Washington, and he will be missed by faculty, staff, students, and trainees. We wish him well in his new role as department chair in Wisconsin."
 
Page has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and numerous books and book chapters, and he is currently the president of the Heart Rhythm Society and is president-elect of the Association of Professors of Cardiology. He is on the editorial boards of six academic journals, including Circulation and the American Journal of Cardiology, and has served on the FDA Circulatory System Devices Panel. At the University of Washington, he has held multiple institutional leadership roles in the school of medicine and the university teaching hospital.

Dr. Myron Weisfeldt, the William Osler Professor of Medicine and director of the department of medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions noted some of Page's achievements.

"Rick Page is an outstanding national leader of cardiology and has made major contributions to our treatment of arrhythmias which are the cause of most episodes of sudden cardiac death, and he has led the outstanding division of cardiology at the University of Washington," he said. "He now takes on the challenge of broader and deeper administration as leader of the department of medicine at an outstanding Institution: the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health."

Page joins a medicine department that includes 13 specialty areas and a residency program recognized as an ACGME Education Innovation Project site. The department has more than 15 multidisciplinary research centers and more than 10 nationally funded research training grants to support the next generation of researchers.

Date Published: 08/24/2009


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