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Stanford Report, May 24, 2000

Medical School faculty appointments and promotions announced  

BY JOYCE THOMAS

Recent appointments and promotions approved at Advisory Board meetings in March and April include the following four faculty members in the School of Medicine.

Laura K. Bachrach, MD, has been promoted to professor of pediatrics (endocrinology) at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford effec-tive May 2000. Bachrach received her medical degree in 1976 from Tufts University. She interned at UCSF and completed residencies in pediatrics at UCSF and Stanford. She served as a Medical Research Council of Canada fellow and as a postdoctoral fellow with Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto. She returned to Stanford in 1985, serving on Stanford's clinical faculty for six years and completing a one-year research fellowship in the endocrinology division of the Department of Pediatrics. In January 1994 she was appointed associate professor of pediatrics.

Bachrach serves as attending physician in the endocrinology and diabetes clinics. She directs the pediatric endocrinology fellowship training program and co-chairs the intern selection committee for the Department of Pediatrics. Her research focuses on pediatric bone health, including clinical studies of bone mineral acquisition and testing of new techniques to monitor bone health in healthy and at risk children and adolescents.

Ellen Jo Baron, PhD, has been appointed associate professor of pathology at the Medical Center effective April 2000 through March 2005. Baron received her PhD in medical microbiology with minors in biochemistry and bacteriology in 1981 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She worked in southern California as consulting director, microbiology and immunology, with Endocrine Sciences and as a consulting microbiologist with several area hospitals. She served as an adjunct associate professor at UCLA and as a clinical associate professor at the University of Southern California.

She has been at Stanford since 1997, serving on the clinical faculty in the infectious diseases division. She directs the Stanford Clinical Microbiology/Virology Laboratory.

In 1997 Baron received the prestigious Alice C. Evans Award from the American Academy of Microbiology in recognition of her scientific accomplishments, including the discovery of a previously unknown anaerobic bacterium. This year she garnered the BioMerieux Sonnenwirth Award from the American Society of Microbiology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. She currently chairs the American Board of Medical Microbiology.

Hannah Valantine, MBBS, MD, has been promoted to professor of medicine (cardiovascular) at the Medical Center effective May 2000. Valantine received her doctoral degrees in 1978 and 1987 from London University. Following postdoctoral training in medicine in the UK, she joined Stanford, completing a fellowship in cardiology and also serving on the clinical faculty. In 1989 she was appointed assistant professor and in 1996 she was promoted to associate professor.

Valantine's clinical work includes direct patient care: attending in the postcardiac-transplant clinic, the inpatient post-transplant service, the general cardiology clinic and the general inpatient cardiology service. She performs all the echocardiograms for the transplant service and performs cardiac biopsies.

Her scholarly work focuses on immunosuppressive therapy and transplant-related coronary artery disease. She has directed numerous multicenter trials of immunosuppressive drug therapy and she currently serves as principal investigator for several clinical trials relating to cardiac transplantation therapies.

Jacques Van Dam, MD, PhD, has been appointed professor of medicine (gastroenterology) at the Medical Center effective April 2000 though March 2005. Van Dam received his medical degree in 1984 and his PhD in physiology and biophysics in 1988 from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency at New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School (HMS). He served as a clinical fellow in medicine and gastroenterology at Boston area hospitals and in interventional and therapeutic endoscopy at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Ohio. He also served as a fellow in medicine (molecular endocrinology) at Massachusetts General Hospital.

From 1991 he served as associate director of gastrointestinal endoscopy and director of endoscopic gastrointestinal oncology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. He became an assistant professor at HMS in 1993 and associate professor in 1999. He is a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and a senior member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. SR