Friday, December 5, 2014

Metlay appointed Peter L. Gross, MD, Chair in Medicine

FITTING LEGACY: From left, Armstrong, Metlay, Gross and Slavin

An MGH chair represents one of the highest honors bestowed upon a physician, providing a significant benefit to the department, to the recipient and to patients. On Nov. 3, a reception at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation celebrated the establishment of the Peter L. Gross, MD, Chair in Medicine and the appointment of Joshua P. Metlay, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, as the inaugural incumbent.

The evening event was attended by members of the Gross and Metlay families, colleagues, friends and donors. Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, offered opening remarks followed by Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, physician-in-chief of the MGH Department of Medicine.

“This chair offers a fitting legacy to Dr. Gross, who for more than 40 years has dedicated his career to providing expert and compassionate care to thousands of patients and families in his uniquely personal way,” said Slavin. “I am confident Dr. Metlay will carry on this superb work.”

Gross recently retired from his clinical practice at MGH Internal Medicine Associates and is winding down his role at the Executive Health Program, where he served as medical director for nearly 27 years.

“Our goal with this endowed chair is to support clinician educators who will inspire and mentor the next generation of primary care physicians,” said Gross. “We will focus on both the patient and physician experience with innovative approaches to practice design, physician training and patient advocacy.”

Like Gross, Metlay is dedicated to education, mentorship and improving the practice of primary care. His research covers two major areas – the epidemiology of drug resistance among common respiratory bacterial pathogens and the development and evaluation of interventions to improve the quality of treatment decisions for respiratory tract infections. This research has led to numerous federal grants and leadership roles on national committees in the area of infectious diseases epidemiology. His current work is focused on development, implementation and evaluation of interventions to improve the quality of health care and reduce medical errors. 

“The MGH has a remarkable history of leadership in primary care, and our program in general medicine is making important advances in the care of patients both locally and nationally,” said Metlay. “This chair celebrates our great tradition in primary care and emphasizes our commitment to this important work in the future.”

Fundraising to honor Gross was overwhelmingly successful, raising enough to establish two chairs. The second recipient will be named following a national search.


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