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Stanford Report, August 9, 2000

Cohen, Yock named to new professorships  


The School of Medicine has announced the establishment of two new endowed professorships to be held by professors Harvey Cohen and Paul Yock.

Harvey J. Cohen, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics and chief of staff at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, has been named the first holder of the Arline and Pete Harman Professorship for the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine.

Cohen received both his MD and his PhD (biochemistry) in 1970 from Duke University School of Medicine. His postdoctoral work included a pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital in Boston and a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Children's and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He held faculty posts at Harvard Medical School and at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where he was James P. Wilmot Associate Professor of Pediatric Oncology and Associate Chair for Research and Development in the Department of Pediatrics. He was recruited to Stanford in 1993 as chair of the pediatrics department.

His research interests include clinical trials in leukemia, mechanisms of drug resistance, immune-killing of bacteria and tumor cells, free radical biochemistry and cell biology. He serves on the national Steering Committee of the Pediatric Scientist Development Program and chairs the Interdisciplinary Initiative Program Committee for Bio-X, a new venture into scientific research, education and innovation at Stanford.

The Harman professorship was endowed this year with a gift given through the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health by Leon W. "Pete" Harman and his wife, Arline Hampton Harman. The Harman's philanthropic commitment to children's health has been demonstrated through their long-standing support for Packard Children's Hospital, beginning in 1979.

Harman, who was born in 1919 in Granger, Utah, bought a root beer stand in Salt Lake City in 1941 and renamed it the Do Drop Inn. A decade later while at a national restaurant convention he happened to meet Colonel Harland Sanders. One year later Harman partnered with the Colonel to establish the first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise (KFC), now one of the largest retail food systems in the world. Today, Harman Management alone oversees 290 KFCs in Northern California, Utah, Colorado and the state of Washington.

Paul G. Yock, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Research in Cardiovascular Interventions at Stanford, has been named the first Martha Meier Weiland Professor in the School of Medicine.

A graduate of Amherst College and Trinity College, Oxford, Yock received his MD in 1979 from Harvard Medical School. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and a fellowship in cardiology at Stanford. He trained in interventional cardiology at Stanford and Sequoia hospitals. Yock held a faculty post at UCSF for eight years. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1994 and served as acting chief of cardiovascular medicine from 1997 to 1998.

Yock has achieved international recognition for inventing, developing and testing new medical devices. He authored the fundamental patents for intravascular ultrasound imaging; and in 1994 he founded Cardiovascular Imaging Systems, now a division of Boston Scientific. In 1998 at Stanford he established the Medical Device Network, an interdepartmental and inter-school program. Yock, a professor of mechanical engineering, by courtesy, is co-director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, an educational and research initiative including the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering.

The Weiland professorship was established this year by Stanford University graduate Richard W. Weiland in memory of his mother. During her lifetime Martha Weiland read avidly in the areas of nutrition, exercise and other aspects of preventive health care. She also focused on restorative care issues and worked in the 1970s and 1980s as a volunteer at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

During his Stanford undergraduate years, Richard Weiland worked on software development. After graduation in 1976 with a degree in electrical engineering, he joined Microsoft as one of its first five employees. He continued working as a product designer for Microsoft until the late 1980s. Wieland, who lives in Seattle, is a trustee of The Pride Foundation, a group dedicated to alleviating discrimination. He supports several research and service organizations involved with cancer and AIDS. He established the Weiland Family Stanford Graduate Fellowship and also provides ongoing support to the Stanford Annual Fund. SR