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Paul Klotman named president of Baylor medical school

Baylor College of Medicine
June 24, 2010
Dr. Paul Klotman, a recognized leader in academic medicine, has been named president and chief executive officer of Baylor College of Medicine.

Klotman becomes the fifth president of the medical school. He currently serves as chair of medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

"We enthusiastically welcome Dr. Klotman to take the helm of Baylor College of Medicine. He had unanimous support from the search committee," said Marc J. Shapiro, chair of the BCM Board of Trustees. "He is a proven leader in all of the areas that are important to us – medical education, scientific research and patient care. He is the ideal choice."

The search committee, which began its work early this year, included faculty members and board trustees. The advisory committee to the search committee included deans, and representatives of alumni, medical school students, graduate school students and residents.

Klotman will take the post Sept. 1. He succeeds Dr. William T. Butler, who has been serving as interim president and CEO since December 2008. Butler, president of the college from 1979 to 1996, also serves as chancellor emeritus.

"Baylor is a fantastic institution -- a top academic institution worldwide," said Klotman. "Its academic strengths are well known, it has an outstanding clinical reputation and a terrific scientific base. I am eager to contribute my part to its future."

A noted scientist, his work has included both basic and clinical research in molecular virology and AIDS pathogenesis. During the time he was chair of medicine at Mt. Sinai, the department's NIH rank went from 24th to 14th, and funding from $37.8 million to $74.8 million.

As chair, Klotman recruited six new division chiefs, implemented a new faculty compensation plan and zero-based budgeting and grew clinical revenue by 15 percent each year, while continuing to be a funded NIH investigator and the principal investigator of a program project grant in nephrology.

He redesigned the residency curriculum at Mt. Sinai with a focus on academic medicine. In his career, he has trained over 50 clinical fellows, postdoctoral fellows and students. Four of those he mentored are now chairs of medicine and four others lead major institutions or centers.

Klotman received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1972 and his medical degree from Indiana University in 1976. He completed his medicine and nephrology residency training at Duke University Medical Center. He joined the Duke faculty after training and reached the rank of associate professor of medicine before moving to the NIH in 1988. He became chief of the Molecular Medicine Section in the Laboratory of Developmental Biology at NIH and, in 1993, became chief of the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory.

He joined the Mt. Sinai faculty in 1994 as chief of the division of nephrology. He was selected chair in 2001.

He is married to Dr. Mary E. Klotman, chair of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, and they have two sons who are college students.
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