Paul J. Anderson, MD, PhD, has accepted the position of chief academic officer and senior vice president of Research for BWHC. Anderson, a senior physician in the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy and the K. Frank Austen professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, had been serving in this role on an interim basis since June.
“To continue to build for the future, our key institutional priorities are to further develop and implement an innovative, creative and state-of-the art research and education strategic plan; build strong, proactive and collaborative relationships within Brigham and across Partners HealthCare, as well with as industry leaders; and facilitate and strengthen working relationships with both private and public research funding entities,” said BWHC President Betsy Nabel, MD. “Paul will also recast the importance of research and training to a much broader community, branding Brigham and Women’s as the national leader in bringing the science of medicine to patient care.”
Anderson will continue to serve on the Brigham Research Institute (BRI) Executive Committee, which oversees the activities of the BRI inclusive of its 10 centers and three programs. He will also serve as executive leader as BWHC develops the Brigham Education Institute, an organization that will facilitate and coordinate best practices in undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate medical education.
“Dr. Anderson brings a depth and breadth of experience, and remarkable devotion to BWH, that will enable us to thrive in these areas,” said Nabel.
Anderson received his BS from SUNY Stony Brook and his MD and PhD degrees from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Rheumatology at BWH.
In 1990, he started his own research laboratory at BWH focusing on the role that post-transcriptional control of gene expression plays in the regulation of inflammatory and stress response programs. Funded by the National Institute of Health and various foundations and industry collaborations, his lab has hosted more than 30 MD and/or PhD research fellows. He has authored or co-authored more than 180 publications and is on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including Cellular Immunology, The FASEB Journal and Modern Rheumatology.
As a senior physician, Anderson sees patients in the Brigham Arthritis Center ambulatory clinic and attends on the Rheumatology Consult Service.
For the past ten years, he has been a member of the Rheumatology Division Fellowship Selection Committee, which interviews all applicants for the Rheumatology Fellowship Program and makes recommendations for ranking these candidates. Anderson is also a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee at the American College of Rheumatology.