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Stanford Report, January 26, 2000

Four school of medicine promotions announced


Four faculty members, all with clinical or research interests in cardiac and/or vascular medicine or surgery, were approved for promotion at the Stanford School of Medicine last month.

Peter J. Fitzgerald, MD, PhD, has been promoted to associate professor of medicine (research) and, by courtesy, of electrical engineering, effective December 1999 through November 2004. Fitzgerald, who practices in the division of cardiovascular medicine, came to Stanford in 1980 as a research assistant in physiology and engineering, after obtaining a degree in computer sciences from Santa Clara University and in electrical system engineering from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute. He enrolled at Dartmouth in 1982, graduating in 1987 with a PhD in biomedical engineering and an MD. He returned to California and completed a residency in medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco. In 1994 he joined the Stanford faculty as an assistant professor of medicine, with a courtesy appointment in electrical engineering. He serves as co-director of the medical school's Center for Research in Cardiovascular Interventions.

Fitzgerald's research focuses on the use of ultrasound to characterize tissue and on its application to understanding the effectiveness of various interventional cardiovascular therapies for coronary diseases, such as atherosclerosis. Fitzgerald is the founder and director of Stanford's Intravascular Ultrasound Core Laboratory.

His primary clinical work is based in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and involves diagnostic and interventional cases including angioplasty, stenting and atherectomy.

He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the recipient of a Baxter Foundation Award.

E. John Harris Jr., MD, has been promoted to associate professor of surgery at the Medical Center, effective December 1999 through November 2004. Between 1974 and 1981 Harris worked at Stanford in the Department of Surgery as a research assistant and as a graduate research associate. In 1985 he obtained his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency and a clinical fellowship in vascular surgery at the Oregon Health Sciences University. Harris joined the Stanford faculty in 1992 as an acting assistant professor and in 1993 he became an assistant professor. Harris works both at Stanford and at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.

At the VA, he established the vascular surgery practice and at Stanford, he developed the Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory, established the Vein Clinic and in collaboration with the hematology faculty, he contributed to the development of the multi-disciplinary Thrombosis Clinic.

His scholarly work focuses on two major areas, endoluminal stent grafts and venous disease, and includes studies of noninvasive vascular approaches, using ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging.

Harris is an elected member of the Society for Vascular Surgery and was recently appointed to the program committee for the American Venous Forum.

R. Scott Mitchell, MD, has been promoted to professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the Medical Center effective December 1999. Mitchell received his medical degree in 1970 from Northwestern University Medical School. He interned at Children's Hospital and Adult Medical Center, San Francisco. Mitchell came to Stanford in 1979 as a vascular surgery fellow. He went on to complete a cardiovascular surgery residency, and in 1983 he joined the faculty. From 1986 to 1993 he served as chief of cardiac surgery at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.

He chairs the ICU committee and is a member of the Faculty Senate and of the Committee of Five.

His scholarly work focuses on improvements in the surgical treatment of cardiothoracic vascular disease. Mitchell, an innovative leader in the application of stent grafts, is part of the Stanford team that pioneered the use of expandable stent grafts for the treatment of aneurysms.

He is a frequent speaker at national and international workshops and seminars of professional societies, including the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education, the American College of Surgeons and the American Heart Association. Mitchell is an elected member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

Randall H. Vagelos, MD, has been promoted to associate professor of medicine (cardiovascular) at the Medical Center, effective December 1999 through November 2004. Vagelos received his medical degree in 1983 from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, New York. His postdoctoral work included a research fellowship in cardiology and a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Stanford. He served as a clinical assistant professor, acting assistant professor and in 1993 he became an assistant professor of medicine. Vagelos directs Stanford Hospital's Coronary Care Unit.

Vagelos performs numerous interventional procedures, including cardiac catheterization, angiography and angioplasty, and he is part of a three-member team that specializes in the management of heart failure and pretransplantation evaluation.

At Stanford, Vagelos has been honored four times with the David A. Rytand Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award (1991, 1992, 1996, 1997). In 1996 he also received the E. William Hancock Cardiovascular Teaching Award, and in 1997 he won the Alwin C. Rambar--James B.D. Mark Award for Excellence in Patient Care.

In addition, Vagelos garnered the 1998 W. Proctor Harvey, MD, Young Teacher Award, a prestigious national teaching award from the American College of Cardiology. SR