BUFFALO, N.Y. – Anne B. Curtis, MD, professor of medicine
at University of South Florida, chief of the university's Division
of Cardiology and director of Cardiovascular Services, has been
appointed the inaugural Mary and Charles Bauer Professor and chair
of the Department of Medicine at the University at Buffalo School
of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Curtis will join UB in September. She replaces Alan Saltzman,
MD, who is stepping down after five years as chair.
In making the announcement, Michael Cain, MD, dean of UB medical
school, said Curtis has all the skills needed to move the
department forward, including expanding its basic and clinical
research programs to fulfill UB2020's strategic goals, and working
collaboratively with UB's hospital partners to build the
department's clinical services.
"Dr. Curtis is that rare individual who is an innovative applied
clinical investigator, a world-class clinical cardiac
electrophysiologist, an exceptional educator, and a recognized
leader in academic medicine," said Cain.
"During the past 24 years, she has developed an internationally
recognized effort in investigative clinical cardiac
electrophysiology. Most of her 110 peer-reviewed manuscripts
pertain to work that has significantly enhanced our knowledge in
many areas of human cardiac electrophysiology and heart rhythm
Curtis earned her medical degree from the Columbia University
College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1979, and did her residency
in internal medicine at New York City's Presbyterian Hospital.
She went on to complete fellowships in cardiovascular disease
and clinical and investigative cardiac electrophysiology at Duke
University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.
Prior to her appointment at the University at South Florida,
Curtis spent 19 years teaching and practicing at the University of
Florida, Gainesville, and directing its clinical, investigative,
and mentored-educational programs in cardiac electrophysiology. She
also was staff physician and director of the pacemaker service at
the VA Medical Center in Gainesville from 1986 – 1996.
She has been principal investigator, co-investigator, sponsor or
steering committee member on 85 research studies and clinical
trials, and has written more than 113 book chapters, reviews, and
editorials. She also is author of a book on cardiac pacing.
Curtis is active in many national and international scientific
organizations. She is a past president of the Heart Rhythm Society
and the former chair of the Food and Drug Administration's
Circulatory System Devices Panel.
Currently, she serves on the board of directors of the Stanley
Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation, and on the American
Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty Board on Cardiovascular
Diseases. She also is a member of the Association of University
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University of New York. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their
academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate
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