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Stanford Report, August 9, 2000

Glader named associate dean of continuing education  

BY JOYCE THOMAS

Bertil E. Glader, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics, has been appointed the School of Medicine's associate dean for continuing education, effective last month. Glader replaces Kenneth L. Melmon, MD, who has stepped down from the post and now serves as chief medical officer for e-SKOLAR, Stanford's recently launched information access startup for physicians. Melmon, a professor of medicine and, by courtesy, of molecular pharmacology, served as an associate dean in the areas of postgraduate medical education and continuing education for seven years beginning in 1993.

"The School of Medicine owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. Melmon for his leadership of continuing education," said Eugene A. Bauer, MD, vice president for Stanford University Medical Center and Medical School dean. "He came to the job at a time of near-crisis and helped the School through two successful external reviews. In the course of accomplishing these critical tasks, he brought a level of creativity that has launched a new way of thinking about continuing education ­ distance learning through e-SKOLAR. His assuming the position of chief medical officer at e-SKOLAR will assure a strong future for that important entity as well," Bauer said.

"I am also delighted that Dr. Glader has agreed to become the new associate dean for continuing medical education. His credentials as an investigator, as a clinician and as an educator make him an ideal choice," said Bauer.

Glader received his PhD in physiology from the University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, in 1967 and his medical degree from Northwestern University in 1968. He interned in pediatrics at Stanford Hospital and then served as a research hematologist from 1969 to 1972 at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, D.C. For three years he served on the Harvard Medical School faculty and in posts at Children's Hospital and the Sidney Farber Cancer Institute before joining Stanford as an associate professor in 1977.

He has been chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Medical School and director of the hematology/oncology service at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital since 1978. He was promoted to professor in 1987.

His clinical interests relate to genetic blood disorders, and his current research activities focus on clinical trials of gene therapy for hemophilia. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and on the medical advisory board of the Diamond-Blackfan Anemia Registry.

In addition, Olivia Marr has been named director of continuing medical education, a new position created as part of the reorganization of the office of postgraduate medical education at the School of Medicine. Marr assumed the post as strategic manager of a full-range of academically and technologically advanced CME (continuing medical education) programs in June. She is formerly the senior program manager for Stanford Professional Education.

Previously, Marr was assistant director of CME academic programs at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta. She also served as vice president for professional education with the Arthritis Foundation's national office in Atlanta and co-director of education and information for the Alzheimer's Disease Center at Emory. Marr received her undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University in 1987 and an MHSE (master of health science education) from the University of Florida in 1990. SR