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University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean Recognized as Clinical and Translational Research Leader by National Organization

Thursday, May 05, 2011

 Congratulations to Dean Reece!

Dean E. Albert Reece Wins Clinical Research Forum 2011 Award for Leadership

E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs, University of Maryland, and John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been honored with the Clinical Research Forum’s 2011 Award for Leadership in Academic Health Centers. The Clinical Research Forum is a Washington-based organization, founded in 1996, that works to provide leadership to the national clinical and translational research enterprise and to promote understanding and support for clinical research and its impact on health and health care. Dean Reece received the sixth annual award during the 2011 Clinical Research Forum Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner, held in April in Washington, DC.

“This is a great honor for me,” says Dean Reece. “Throughout my career, I have maintained a commitment to champion the importance of biomedical research. It saves lives, improves the quality of lives and has a positive impact on our economy. I have worked tirelessly to expand the research enterprise at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and strengthen the ties with our partners in health care at the University of Maryland Medical System. Our goal is quite simple: To advance health care locally, nationally and globally, and I believe that we have achieved much of this with great distinction.”

In Dean Reece’s five years at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he has significantly expanded the school’s research enterprise, securing in FY10 $479 million in annual external funding, with a $1.53 billion economic impact on the state of Maryland. The Clinical Research Forum’s mission is to engage leaders like Dean Reece to ensure future success for American translational research by fostering the development of an effective and collaborative nationwide clinical research enterprise and an integrated health system to efficiently translate basic research into high quality clinical care and better health outcomes. Its membership includes leaders of the leading academic medical centers and research institutions nationwide.

"Dr. Reece has been a valued member of the Forum for more than a decade,” says Cherri L. McGrew, CEO of the Clinical Research Forum and Foundation. “He serves as an integral member of the Forum's Board of Directors and has contributed greatly to the leadership of academic research in our nation.”

Originally from Jamaica, West Indies, Dean Reece earned his Bachelor of Science degree with honors (Magna Cum Laude) from Long Island University; his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine; his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica; and his M.B.A. from the Fox School of Business & Management of Temple University. He completed an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center, and a postdoctoral fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine.

He remained on the full-time faculty at Yale for almost 10 years, before being recruited by Temple University to serve as the Abraham Roth Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Between 2001 and 2006, he served as vice chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and dean of the College of Medicine. In 2006, he was recruited by the University of Maryland to serve in his current capacity.  In 2010, Dean Reece served as acting president of the University of Maryland.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dean Reece directs a National Institutes of Health-funded, multi-million dollar research laboratory group studying the bio-molecular mechanisms of diabetes-induced birth defects. He is a sought after Visiting Professor and Lecturer at numerous institutions both nationally and internationally.

Past winners of the Clinical Research Forum’s Annual Award for Leadership in Academic Health Centers have included Ralph Snyderman, M.D., chancellor emeritus for Health Affairs at Duke University, and Alastair J.J. Wood, M.B., Ch.B., professor emeritus at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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