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Alan Faden, MD, Named the Inaugural David S. Brown Professor in Trauma

Friday, June 7, 2013

 Dr. Scalea; Peter Rock, MD, MBA, Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology; Dr. Faden and Dean Reece with the citation and medal given to Dr. Faden to recognize this professorship.

An investiture ceremony was held on June 5, 2013 to formally bestow Alan Faden, MD, with the David S. Brown Professorship in Trauma. Dr. Faden, a Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, is also Director of the Center for Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) and the National Study Center for Shock and EMS. The professorship was endowed by Howard Brown, Chairman of one of Baltimore’s premier real estate companies, David S. Brown Enterprises, in honor of his father.

“Our faculty are critical to maintaining our standing among the top tier of medical schools nationwide,” said E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MPH, Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine. “Equally important are endowed professorships such as this. Collectively, they provide outstanding faculty members with the critical resources they need to expand and sustain critical research, to launch innovative clinical initiatives, and at the same time educate and train the next generation of physicians, scientists and allied health professionals.”

Howard Brown chose to create a professorship in trauma after his daughter, Esther Ann Adler, received top-notch care from Thomas Scalea, MD, the Francis X. Kelly Professor of Trauma Surgery, Department of Surgery, and Director of the Program in Trauma. It is his hope that “this professorship will lead to many more doctors who handle trauma with all the skill, patience and compassion that Dr. Scalea always showed,” said Mrs. Adler’s son, David.

Of his father, Mr. Brown said it was he “who taught me the value of education, the importance of family, and gave me the foundation and the genes to step into his shoes and build on his successes in life. I named my company after him 40 years ago, and today I name this important professorship after the man who was my mentor, my teacher and my dad, David Brown.”

Trauma has long been a research interest for Dr. Faden, whose present work focuses on the pathobiology and treatment of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, mechanisms of cell death, central pain and drug discovery. “The opportunity to be related in some way to the best trauma center in the United States is really something special,” Dr. Faden admitted.

Dr. Faden was also impressed by the amount of translational research already going on around campus when he was being recruited, an area of great interest to him. He is currently principal investigator or MPI on four RO1 grants and a P30 grant from the National Institutes of Health and is a partner on many other grants as well. “This has been arguably the most-productive four years of my professional career, here at this institution,” said Dr. Faden. “We have an unbelievably thoughtful and creative group of senior faculty here. I have always been a believer in the value of interdisciplinary science, even before it became an accepted term, and there is so much talent here, and such a vibrant community among the faculty. People have come out of the woodwork wanting to collaborate.”

The University has not failed to notice Dr. Faden’s ability to create partnerships not only within the School of Medicine but all over the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus. “In front of all these people, I want to commend you for your commitment to scientific collaboration, something that you know is truly important to me, across this University,” said UMB President Jay Perman, MD. “It’s a great way to do science, and you are setting a great example.”

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 Howard Brown with Dean Reece. Mr. Brown was also given a medal to acknowledge his generosity.

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