Dean Sharon Anderson appoints Dr. David Jacoby interim chair of medicine

July 12, 2017

OHSU School of Medicine Dean Sharon Anderson announced that David Jacoby, M.D., will serve as interim chair of the Department of Medicine, effective Aug. 1. He will also retain his role as division head of pulmonary and critical care.

Dr. David JacobyDr. Anderson, current chair of the Department of Medicine, became dean of the School of Medicine July 5. She will retain leadership of the department until Dr. Jacoby steps in in August.

"When I accepted the role of dean, among my first concerns was continuing to provide strong leadership for the Department of Medicine, our largest department in the school and a major engine in our clinical enterprise," said Dr. Anderson. "Dr. Jacoby immediately came to mind as a leader who has distinguished himself across missions and is known and respected by the DOM faculty and staff. I know that the department will be in good hands with David and he knows I'm not far away if needed."

Dr. Jacoby is a graduate of Princeton University and New York Medical College and was a resident and chief resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He was a pulmonary fellow at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco, where he worked with renowned pulmonologist Dr. Jay Nadel.

Dr. Jacoby was a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for 13 years, rising to the rank of tenured full professor. He came to OHSU in 2003 to become chief of pulmonary and critical care and has led expansion of that division in all mission areas.

He has won multiple house staff and graduate student teaching awards at OHSU and fostered a scientific culture in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program. This was recognized by the award of an NIH T32 Training Grant, "Multidisciplinary Research Training in Pulmonary Medicine," from 2008 to the present.

In 2008, he was named director of the OHSU M.D./Ph.D. Training Program, which was recently awarded an NIH T32 Medical Scientist Training Program Grant. He is associate director for education and mentorship in the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute and directs the KL2 Training Program for the OHSU Clinical and Translational Science Award.

His research has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1990, focusing on the mechanisms of virus induced asthma and the interaction of eosinophils with airway nerves. He has trained over 20 graduate students and fellows, many of whom are now leaders in academia or industry research. Dr. Jacoby was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2000.

"As a department, we are truly proud that Dr. Anderson's leadership has been recognized with her appointment as dean," said Dr. Jacoby. "I am honored to step in to lead such an outstanding, immensely talented and diverse group of individuals to continue the excellence in research, education and clinical care that the OHSU Department of Medicine is known for."