OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR
July 20, 2000
ALL ACADEMICS AND STAFF AT UCSD
SUBJECT: Edward W. Holmes, M. D. - New Vice Chancellor for
Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine
I am pleased to announce that the Board of Regents, at their meeting today,
approved the appointment of Edward W. Holmes, M.D. as Vice Chancellor for
Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. The below news release
is being sent out today.
Robert C. Dynes
EDWARD W. HOLMES, M.D., SELECTED AS
NEW VICE CHANCELLOR FOR HEALTH SCIENCES
Following a national search, Duke University Dean and Vice
Chancellor Edward W. Holmes, M.D., has been named as the new University of
California, San Diego vice chancellor for health sciences and dean of the
school of medicine. His appointment was approved by the University of
California Board of Regents at its meeting July 20 in San Francisco.
Holmes is scheduled to begin his duties on September 18. David N.
Bailey, M.D., who has served as interim vice chancellor and dean since
August 1999, will return to his previous position as chair of pathology when
Holmes, 59, has been Duke University Medical Center's Vice
Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine since
Jan. 1, 1999. He was previously Senior Associate Dean for Research at
Stanford University School of Medicine, as well as Vice President for
Translational Medicine and Clinical Research for Stanford Health Systems and
Special Counsel on Biomedical Research to the President of Stanford
"This is an exciting recruitment that will benefit not only UCSD but the
entire community," said Chancellor Dynes. "Dr. Edward Holmes is nationally
known and respected as an outstanding scientist, a distinguished educator,
and an inspiring leader who can mobilize researchers and clinicians in the
study and conquest of human disease. UCSD is already at
the forefront in using the powerful tools of genetics and molecular medicine
to improve patient care, and with Ed Holmes' vision and drive, there are no
limits to what we will be able to achieve.
"I also want to express sincere appreciation to Dr. David Bailey, who has
been an exceptionally effective interim vice chancellor and dean," said
Chancellor Dynes. "He has not only provided steady and thoughtful guidance
during this transitional time, but we have moved forward with several
important health sciences initiatives over the past year thanks to his
"It has been an honor to serve in an interim capacity," said Bailey. "I
appreciate more than ever the tremendous potential of our institution, and I
believe that Ed Holmes is the right person to help us mobilize talent and
resources internally and with our community of colleagues and friends to
achieve great things in the future."
Holmes said he is excited not only by the tradition of excellence, but by
the level of activity and innovation at UCSD.
"I am pleased and honored to have been selected for this important
position at one of the nation's premier universities," he said. "One has to
be impressed by the strengths of UCSD's academic and clinical programs, the
caliber of its outstanding faculty and staff, and the extraordinary
opportunities to build interdisciplinary research, educational and clinical
programs across the campus and with community partners. I look forward to
working with the UCSD faculty, staff and students and the citizens of San
Diego in this time of unparalleled progress and possibilities in medicine
and biomedical research."
Holmes specializes in genetics and metabolic disease, currently
focusing on a genetic defect linked to congestive heart failure. He is known
nationally as an advocate for the vital role of medical schools in
translational medicine--the application of scientific discoveries to the
development of better diagnostic methods and treatments. He supports the
training of physician-scientists who not only treat patients but contribute
to the advancement of health care through research and professional
At UCSD, Holmes will oversee the academic, research and clinical
programs of the School of Medicine and UCSD Healthcare. Rated as one of the
nation's top 25 medical schools by U.S. News and World Report, the School of
Medicine has 14 academic departments attracting $180 million in research
contracts and grants, including support for hundreds of active clinical
trials. The school accepts 122 new medical students each year, and has
approximately 600 interns, residents and fellows. UCSD Healthcare
encompasses the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest, UCSD Thornton Hospital in
La Jolla, and primary care and specialty practices of faculty physicians
with the UCSD Medical Group.
As a senior administrator at Duke, Stanford and the University of
Pennsylvania, he was dedicated to building multidisciplinary programs,
uniting specialists from a variety of disciplines to collaboratively solve
the problems of disease.
Holmes received his medical degree from the University of
Pennsylvania and did his postgraduate training at the Hospital of the
University of Pennsylvania and Duke University Medical Center. He joined the
Duke faculty in 1974 as a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator, with
appointments in medicine and biochemistry. He was chief of the Division of
Metabolism, Endocrinology and Genetics at Duke from 1983 to 1991. He left
Duke to become chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of
Pennsylvania, where he also served as professor of Medicine in Human
Genetics and a member of the Molecular Biology Graduate Group.
In 1997 he was recruited by Stanford University School of Medicine,
returning to Duke in 1999 to take on the joint responsibilities of vice
chancellor for academic affairs of the Medical Center and dean of the School
Among his many professional affiliations, Holmes is a member of the
Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the Association
of American Physicians, the American Society for Clinical Investigation and
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has
published more than 125 articles, chapters, reviews and editorials in his
30-year career as a researcher.
A native of Winona, Miss., he earned a bachelor's degree from
Washington and Lee University. He is married to Judith Swain, M.D., Chair of
the Department of Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center.