University of California, San Diego


September 25, 2000


SUBJECT:  Edward W. Holmes, M. D.
                     New Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences
                     and Dean, School of Medicine

I am pleased to announce that Edward W. Holmes, M.D., began his duties as Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine on September 18.

Selected following a national search, the appointment of the former Duke University Dean and Vice Chancellor was approved by the University of California Board of Regents at its meeting July 20 in San Francisco.

David N. Bailey, M.D., who had served as interim Vice Chancellor and Dean since August 1999, has returned to his previous position as Chair of Pathology. I also want to express sincere appreciation to Dr. David Bailey, who provided steady and thoughtful guidance during this transitional year, and enabled us to move forward with several important initiatives thanks to his skillful leadership.

Before joining the administrative team at Duke, Dr. Holmes was 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 University. He 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, I believe there are no limits to what we will be able to achieve.

Dr. 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 collaboration.

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.

Dr. 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 left 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.

Among his many professional affiliations, Dr. 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.

Contact information for Dr. Holmes is:

            Contact: Lourdes Felix (Lou)
            Phone: (858)534-1501.
            Fax: (858) 822-0084
            E-mail: ewholmes@ucsd.edu
            Mail Code: 0602
            Physical location: 1313 Basic Science Building (Dean's Office)

Correspondence can be addressed to:

            Edward W. Holmes, M.D.
            Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences
            Dean, UCSD School of Medicine
            9500 Gilman Drive
            La Jolla, CA 92093-0602

                                                Robert C. Dynes