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Stanford Report, May 20, 1998

Med School faculty appointments: 5/20/98

Medical School faculty appointments, promotions announced


The following faculty appointments and promotions in the School of Medicine were among those approved by the Advisory Board at its meetings in March and April.

Patricia Cross

Patricia C. Cross has been promoted to professor of structural biology (teaching) effective April 1998. Cross received a PhD in zoology from Tulane University in 1968. At the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, she conducted postdoctoral research in reproductive physiology. She became an assistant professor of physiology in Penn's Department of Animal Biology in 1971 and an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy in 1974.

Cross joined Stanford in 1976. She has served as facilitator of laboratory design for the Fairchild Building, as lecturer in the Department of Structural Biology and, since 1991, as an associate professor. She is the school's associate dean for student affairs and administrator of the Medical Student Scholars Program. Cross won the Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994. Her book, Cell and Tissue Ultrastructure: A Functional Perspective (Cross and Mercer, W.H. Freeman & Co., 1993), has become a valuable reference in histology and cell biology courses nationwide.

David Kingsley

David M. Kingsley has been promoted to associate professor of developmental biology, with tenure, effective April 1998. Kingsley received his PhD in biology (thesis research on somatic cell genetics of LDL receptor expression) from MIT in 1986. He served as a postdoctoral associate in MIT's Department of Biology and as a postdoctoral associate at the National Cancer Institute­Frederick (Md.) Cancer Research and Development Center. Kingsley came to Stanford in 1991 as an assistant professor of developmental biology.

Kingsley's research uses a variety of genetic, cellular and molecular approaches to study skeletal patterning in vertebrates. He has discovered a set of late-signaling genes responsible for a series of growth-differentiating factors and has shown that specific combinations of these genes control the configuration of particular joints. In 1997 he was named an assistant investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Cheryl Koopman

Cheryl Koopman has been appointed associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences (research) effective April 1998 through May 2004. In 1979 Koopman received a PhD in educational psychology and program evaluation at the University of Virginia. From 1979 through 1987 her postdoctoral training included a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Service Award at Harvard Medical School, another NIMH award at Columbia University, a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Carnegie Corp. Postdoctoral Fellowship, also at Columbia. She was an assistant professor of clinical psychology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia, before joining Stanford in 1991.

At Stanford, Koopman has served as research psychologist, senior research scientist and, since 1995, acting associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Her widely recognized research has focused on patients with highly stressful medical conditions, including AIDS and cancer, and on those with post-traumatic stress disorder following life-threatening situations.

Robert Norris

Dr. Robert L. Norris has been promoted to associate professor of surgery (emergency medicine) at the Medical Center effective April 1998 through March 2003. Norris received his MD at the Medical College of Virginia in 1979. He completed an internship and a residency in emergency medicine at Akron City (Ohio) Hospital. He was an attending physician at the Brooke Army Medical Center, in San Antonio, where he also served as research coordinator for the emergency medicine department. In 1990 he joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center as an assistant professor of surgery and of medicine and as the emergency medicine residency program director.

In 1991 Norris was recruited to Stanford, where he became an assistant professor and associate chief of emergency medicine. He was named acting chief in 1995 and was promoted to chief in 1997. Since 1993 he has been medical director of the Transport Program (Life Flight) of Stanford Hospital and Clinics. Norris has initiated studies on the emergency management of community-acquired pneumonia, the use of ultrasonic devices in endotracheal intubation in emergency settings and the evaluation of domestic violence in emergency departments.

Robert Siegel

Dr. Robert D. Siegel has been appointed associate professor of microbiology and immunology (teaching) effective September 1998 through August 2004. Siegel has three Stanford degrees: a BA in psychology (1976), an MA in education (1977) and an MD (1990). In 1984 he earned a PhD in molecular biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His teaching career at Stanford already spans nearly two decades. He served as a lecturer from 1981 through 1995 in the Program in Human Biology, from 1990 in the Continuing Studies Program and from 1991 in the Department of Biochemistry. In 1995 he was appointed acting associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Siegel has earned many awards, including the Bing Award for outstanding teaching in 1994 and the Human Biology Award for excellence in faculty advising in 1996. In 1990 he was honored with three Dean's Awards. Siegel developed The Infectious Basis of Disease, a review text on medically important infectious diseases, and Microbe, an interactive computer program on infectious disease. SR