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Stanford Report, January 5, 2000

Medical school faculty appointment and promotions announced


Recent appointments and promotions reported to the board of trustees in December include the following three faculty members in the School of Medicine:

Dorsey M. Bass, MD, has been appointed associate professor of pediatrics (gastroenterology) at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital effective November 1999 through October 2004. Bass received his medical degree in 1979 from Vanderbilt University. He trained in pediatrics at Boston City Hospital and served as a clinical and research fellow at Children's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed research fellowships in pediatrics at Harvard and in medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. In 1987 Bass joined Stanford as a research fellow in gastroenterology. He has been with the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology since 1990, first as an assistant professor and since 1998 as a staff physician and subsequently as an acting associate professor.

Bass is a nationally recognized expert in viral enteritis. He has served as principal investigator for numerous research studies supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, most recently on "Intestinal mechanisms of resistance to rotavirus disease" and "Intestinal defense and susceptibility in viral enteritis."

Stephen P. Fortmann, MD, has been promoted to professor of medicine (Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention) effective November 1999 and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy effective November 1999 through October 2002. Fortmann received his undergraduate degree in biology from Stanford in 1970 and his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1974. Following internship and residency training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, he returned to Stanford in 1977 as a postdoctoral research fellow and Robert Wood Johnson clinical scholar. In 1983 he became an assistant professor and associate director of the SCRDP, later serving as deputy director and since January 1998 as director. In 1995 he was promoted to associate professor, with tenure.

Fortmann is an internationally recognized expert in the study and prevention of cardiovascular disease. He served as director and principal investigator of the Five-City Project, a large-scale, long-term interventional study to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). He is principal investigator and director of an NHLBI institutional training grant in epidemiology and disease prevention.

David M. Gaba, MD, has been promoted to professor of anesthesia effective November 1999. Gaba received his medical degree from Yale University in 1980 and interned at Waterbury (Conn.) Hospital. In 1983 he completed an anesthesiology residency at Stanford and joined the Stanford faculty as an acting assistant professor. In 1985 he became an assistant professor and in 1992 he achieved the rank of associate professor, with tenure. Gaba directs the Laboratory of Human Performance in Anesthesiology at Stanford and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). He also directs the Department of Anesthesia Simulation Center for Crisis Management Training in Health Care and the VAPAHCS Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, which he established in April 1999.

His scholarly interest focuses on crisis resource management and teamwork training in health care, analyzing and evaluating physician behavior in stressful clinical situations. He is 1995-96 winner of the Department of Anesthesia's prestigious Ellis Cohen Award and chair of Stanford's Committee on Human Subjects in Research. SR