Ramnik Xavier, MD, chief of the MGH Gastrointestinal Unit and director of the MGH Center for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, was honored with the first Kurt J. Isselbacher Professorship in Medicine in the Field of Gastroenterology, an endowed professorship at Harvard Medical School.
Xavier appointed to Isselbacher professorship
XAVIER, LEFT, AND ISSELBACHER
Ramnik Xavier, MD, chief of the MGH Gastrointestinal Unit and director of the MGH Center for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, was honored with the first Kurt J. Isselbacher Professorship in Medicine in the Field of Gastroenterology, an endowed professorship at Harvard Medical School (HMS). The professorship was established by the Foundation for Research in Cell Biology and Cancer in honor of Kurt Isselbacher, MD, former chief of Gastroenterology and founding director of the MGH Cancer Center, who worked at the MGH for more than 45 years. MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, welcomed guests, including Isselbacher and his family, to the April 30 celebration at HMS.
“It would take me many hours to list Dr. Isselbacher’s awards and honors. So today, I will just thank him for advancing the future of GI medicine by supporting the establishment of this professorship,” said Slavin. “Dr. Xavier is well-deserving of this honor as the inaugural incumbent. Under Dr. Xavier’s leadership, the MGH is at the forefront of genetics and microbiome research in inflammatory bowel disease.”
Xavier completed his residency and fellowship at the MGH and was appointed chief of the Gastroenterology Division in 2010. His laboratory has been working to discover and understand the function of important mediators and effectors involved in innate and adaptive immunity. Xavier has made several important contributions to understanding the pathogenesis of disorders such as Crohn’s
syndrome and ulcerative colitis.
“I am honored to serve as the first Kurt J. Isselbacher Professor in Medicine in the Field of Gastroenterology,” said Xavier. “Dr. Isselbacher’s career is a long and illustrious one and I am pleased to continue this legacy.”
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