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Stanford Report, December 13, 2000
Gesundheit appointed associate dean


Endocrinology expert Neil Gesundheit, MD, has been named associate dean for medical education in the School of Medicine. He has also been appointed associate professor of medicine (endocrinology, gerontology and metabolism) effective October 2000 through September 2005.

"We are extremely fortunate to attract Dr. Gesundheit to this very important position as shepherd of Medical Education," said Phyllis Gardner, MD, senior associate dean for education and student affairs. "With his unusual record of accomplishments in both academia and industry, notably in the field of clinical trials and regulator drug approval, Dr. Gesundheit will bring unique expertise and perspective to our students."

"The education of future physicians inspired the founding of the School of Medicine, and we must ensure that the student remains the focus of our activities at this campus," said Gesundheit. "I view my job as working with a team to reinvigorate this commitment."

His accomplishments range from medical, biochemical and molecular research in endocrinology, as evidenced by his many articles and publications and invitations as a presenter, to expertise as an attending physician at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and as a teacher of medical fellows and preclinical medical students at Stanford. Gesundheit's basic science research involves topics in pituitary-thyroid physiology and hormone-resistant syndromes, and he has led successful clinical research programs in novel approaches to several endocrine diseases.

He received an MD from the University of California, San Francisco and an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley in 1978. His postdoctoral work included an internship and residency at Stanford, a residency at UCSF and a post as registrar in endocrinology at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London. He served as chief medical resident at SCVMC and clinical instructor of medicine at Stanford. Subsequently he served as an instructor at Case Western Reserve University and as a fellow with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH).

In 1990 Gesundheit joined the Clinical Research Unit (Endocrinology) at Genentech Inc., South San Francisco. Next he moved on to Vivus Inc., Mountain View, where he served as vice president for clinical and regulatory affairs (1993-97) and later as vice president for clinical research and chief medical officer (1997-99). He returned to Stanford in 1999 as acting associate dean for medical education and acting associate professor of medicine.