BOSTON - Mark Zeidel, MD, a widely recognized scientist, clinician and teacher, known for his research in the area of epithelial biology and water transport, has been named chairman of the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).
Zeidel, who will officially join BIDMC on July 1, has spent the past 12 years at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, first as chief of the renal and electrolyte division of the Department of Medicine, and since 1999, as the Jack D. Myers Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine. A summa cum laude graduate of Yale College in 1976, he received an MD degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1980. He trained in internal medicine and nephrology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and was chief of the renal section of the West Roxbury VA and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard before moving to Pittsburgh in 1993.
"In Mark Zeidel, we have a consummate and proven leader in academic internal medicine and biomedical research, "said Paul Levy, BIDMC's president and CEO. "His insights and experience will enhance the status of our clinical and academic programs."
Zeidel is the recipient of National Institutes of Health funding for his outstanding research in the area of epithelial biology and water transport during his tenure as chair at Pittsburgh. He has been recognized by his peers for numerous accomplishments, including elected membership in the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.
The appointment reflects a homecoming, in a very real sense for Zeidel, who was born at Beth Israel Hospital.
"I am honored to be entrusted with the leadership of such a superb department," he said. "I have been connected with the hospital literally since my birth and performed my first work there as a fellow in medicine. The hospital has always stood for excellence in compassionate patient care, superb teaching, and absolutely first-rate research. I hope that my experience in Pittsburgh will help to enhance this wonderful department and hospital."
Zeidel fills the position held by Robert C. Moellering, MD, who will remain a member of the faculty in the division of infectious disease.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox.