Stony Brook University Sr. VP of Health Sciences and Medical School Dean Joins a Select Group
RecognizingExcellence in Medical Discoveries
STONY BROOK, N.Y., April 4, 2011 – Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., MACP, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, has been elected as a Council Member of the Association of American Physicians (AAP). Part of the governing body of the AAP, the 10-member Council oversees the annual membership nomination process of physician-scientists and other medical researchers nationwide who have helped advance medicine through scientific discovery. Officially elected a Council member on March 25, Dr. Kaushansky has been a member of the AAP since 1998.
A physician-scientist and leading hematologist, Dr. Kaushansky has conducted seminal research on the molecular biology of blood cell production. His team has cloned several of the genes important in the growth and differentiation of blood cells, including thrombopoietin, a key regulator of stem cell and platelet production. He is an accomplished clinician, and he has been a champion of the need to train more physician-scientists who can bridge the gap between the laboratory and the clinical arena, translating research discoveries into improved treatments and technologies for the prevention, diagnosis and management of disease.
Dr. Kaushansky's laboratory work has led to several significant discoveries, for which he received the Dameshek Award from the American Society of Hematology, awarded annually to the scientist who has provided the most seminal insight into the Pathophysiology of hematological disorders, and the Outstanding Investigator Award from the American Society for Medical Research, the most prestigious award of the Society.
Dr. Kaushansky earned his B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed his Internal Medicine Internship, Residency and Chief Medical Residency, and Fellowship in Hematology at the University of Washington. He joined the faculty at the University of Washington as an Assistant Professor in 1987, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991 and to Professor in 1995. Following his service as Hematology Section Chief at the University of Washington Medical Center, Dr. Kaushansky was named Helen M. Ranney Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego in February 2002.
He is a past-president of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (2004 – 2005), the Western Society for Clinical Investigation (1998 – 1999) and the American Society of Hematology (ASH; 2007-2008). He also served a five-year term as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Blood (1998-2002) and has served as a major reviewer for the NIH, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and many major scientific periodicals.
Dr. Kaushansky has also been recognized for his scientific, educational and clinical contributions by election as a Master of the American College of Physicians, and to several honor societies and organizations, including the AAP, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky and his wife, Lauren, reside in Eatons Neck, N.Y.
About the Association of American Physicians
The Association of American Physicians is a nonprofit, professional organization founded in 1885 by seven physicians, including Dr. William Osler, for “the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.” Now the Association is composed of over 1300 active members and approximately 600 emeritus and honorary members from the United States, Canada and other countries. The goals of its members include the pursuit of medical knowledge, and the advancement through experimentation and discovery of basic and clinical science and their application to clinical medicine. Each year, individuals having attained excellence in achieving these goals, are recognized by nomination for membership by the Council of the Association. Their election gives them the opportunity to share their scientific discoveries and contributions with their colleagues at the annual meeting.