Three members of medical school faculty assume endowed professorships

Orthopedic surgeon, pathologist and cardiologist are honored for their innovative research

William J.F. Maloney III

Teresa S.F. Wang

Alan C. Yeung

William J.F. Maloney III, MD, professor of orthopedic surgery, was named the Elsbach-Richards Professor in Surgery. The endowed chair was established to bridge the gap between basic science and its application to surgery.

Maloney, whose clinical and research efforts concentrate on joint replacement surgery, is internationally recognized for his work on the skeletal response to biomaterials used in total joint replacement. He has received a number of awards, including two Hip Society Research Awards and the American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellowship of the American Orthopedic Association.

Maloney first joined the medical school faculty in 1989 as assistant professor (clinical) of functional restoration (orthopedics) and was promoted to associate professor in 1994. Two years later he joined the Washington University School of Medicine as associate professor and served as chief of orthopedic surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He returned to Stanford in 2004 as professor and chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, where he oversees all clinical and research programs.

A Stanford alumnus, Maloney earned his undergraduate degree here and his medical degree from Columbia School of Physicians & Surgeons. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Stanford and a fellowship in hip reconstructive surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The professorship in surgery was established in 2001 in honor of Robert Herman Elsbach and the surgeon who treated him, Victor Richards, MD, a member of the medical school faculty from 1943 to 1958 and chair of the Department of Surgery for his final three years.

Elsbach attended the medical school for one year before deciding to pursue a business career. He remained grateful to the Stanford community and also helped to establish the Elsbach-Shenson Scholarship Fund for students enrolled at the medical school.

Teresa S.F. Wang, PhD, professor of pathology, was named the Klaus-Bensch Professor of Pathology. The chair was established to encourage both basic and translational research in the field of experimental pathology.

Wang has served as director of the tumor biology postdoctoral training program for MD/PhD fellows at the medical school for the last 10 years. Her research focuses on how cells respond to replication stress and DNA damage in order to maintain the cells’ genome integrity. She has served as principal investigator of three National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute-supported programs and is a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Society for Cell Biology and the American Association for Cancer Research.

Wang earned her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Texas-Austin and joined Stanford in 1969 as a postdoctoral fellow in the department of pathology. She became a research associate in 1973, an associate professor in 1986 and was appointed professor of pathology in 1990.

The professorship in pathology was established in 1999 as the Chair in Experimental Pathology with departmental funds from the Department of Pathology. It was renamed the Klaus Bensch Professorship in Pathology at the department’s request, to honor Klaus Bensch, MD, the department chair from 1986 to 1999, upon his retirement.

Alan C. Yeung, MD, professor of medicine (cardiovascular), was named the Interventional Cardiology Professor in the School of Medicine. The professorship was established to encourage innovative developments in the field of interventional cardiology and to promote continued discovery of novel treatments for vascular disease.

Yeung, chief of the division of cardiovascular medicine (clinical), directs the cardiac catheterization and coronary intervention laboratories. His research focuses on the development of biological drugs that have the potential to rebuild heart tissue and prompt the growth of new vessels. He is also exploring new treatments for restenosis and blocked arteries.

Yeung is the recipient of numerous award and honors including the Merck American College of Cardiology-European Society of Cardiology Exchange Fellowship and the E. William Hancock Cardiovascular Medicine Teaching Award. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed his internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and did a clinical fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston as well as a research fellowship at Harvard.

Yeung joined the medical school as assistant professor of medicine in 1993 after teaching at Harvard for two years. In 1999 he was promoted to associate professor and this year to professor.

The professorship in interventional cardiology was established in 1998 by a gift from Simon H. and Kimberly A Stertzer. Simon Stertzer, professor of medicine (cardiovascular) and director of experimental angioplasty, performed the first balloon angioplasty in the United States. He is a founding director of Arterial Vascular Engineering Inc., which designs products for cardiovascular medicine.

Kimberly Stertzer has dedicated her career to health-care finance and is an active volunteer in the community. She served as the service line director for cardiology as well as director of financial planning and contracts at Seton Medical Center. She was also chief liaison to the San Francisco Heart Institute.