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Dr. Frank Calia Retiring After an Illustrious 42 Years of Outstanding Service to the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Frank M. Calia, MD, MACP
 Frank M. Calia, MD, MACP

The following tribute is offered by Dean Reece:

Frank M. Calia, MD, MACP, Professor Emeritus and Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs is retiring after more than 40 years of dedicated service to the School of Medicine, effective January 4, 2012.  A clinician, researcher and educator of the highest caliber, Dr. Calia’s impact is so immense, it is quite difficult to measure.  He has helped thousands of patients and students during his tenure, served as chair or acting chair of four departments, and has been a key to our successful partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System.  I cannot express my gratitude enough to him for his many contributions, which will not be forgotten.

Since arriving at the School of Medicine in 2006, I have relied on Dr. Calia for his sage advice and counsel on a wide range of issues.  Dr. Calia has been critical to the successful implementation of many clinical initiatives and programs throughout the School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center.  As a physician, researcher, administrator and teacher, Dr. Calia’s name has become synonymous with the School of Medicine, and it is hard to imagine this institution without his daily presence. 

Dr. Calia joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty in 1969 and was appointed Chief, Section of Infectious Diseases, Baltimore VA Medical Center.  He rose through the ranks to professor of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology, and Chief of the Medical Service at the Baltimore VA Medical Center.  On two occasions during his tenure at the University of Maryland he has served as Acting or Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine.  He was also Acting Chair of the Departments of Diagnostic Radiology, Ophthalmology and Radiation Oncology.  From 1992-2004, Dr. Calia was Vice Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the School of Medicine.  In April of 2004, he became Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology.  From November 2004-November 2005 he served as Interim Chief Medical Officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center.  Dr. Calia returned to service in the School of Medicine as the Theodore E. Woodward Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Medicine, as well as Physician-in-Chief of the University of Maryland Medical Center in February 2006, a position he held until December 1, 2009.

Dr. Calia’s major interests are in infectious disease, bacterial diarrhea, staphylococcal infections, vibrio infections and clinical pharmacology. He has contributed to 10 books and has more than 50 publications in prestigious journals. He has been a reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Medicine, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy as well as Infectious Disease in Clinical Practice.

In addition to his contributions as a physician, researcher and administrator, Dr. Calia is renowned as an effective and inspiring teacher.  Throughout his time at the School of Medicine, medical students have honored him with nearly 30 teaching awards, including both the Golden Apple and the Teacher of the Year awards.

He has been awarded the Outstanding Educator Award: Outstanding Teacher by the Maryland Association for Higher Education (representing all colleges and universities in the state of Maryland), the Theodore E. Woodward Award of the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Physicians for Excellence in Education and Research, the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, and, in 2000, the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Dr. Calia has chaired many of the most important School of Medicine ad hoc and standing committees, including the Faculty Promotions Committee, Curriculum Coordinating Committee, Academic Advancement Committee, Curriculum Review Steering Committee and the Appointment, Promotions and Tenure Revision Committee.  Additionally, he has served on numerous search committees and on all of the important committees of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical System.

Please join me in expressing our most sincere thanks to Dr. Calia for his four decades of dedicated service to the UM School of Medicine, the UM Medical System and the University as a whole, and his outstanding contributions as a physician, educator and administrator.

Sincerely yours,

E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland
John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and
Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine

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