Yale Bulletin and Calendar

November 17, 2000Volume 29, Number 11

Dr. Joseph B. Warshaw

Pediatrician's achievements
saluted at event in his honor

The Department of Pediatrics will salute its retiring chair on Friday, Dec. 8, with the "Joseph B. Warshaw Symposium on Developmental Biology."

The other sponsors of the event are the School of Medicine, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital and Friends of the Children's Hospital at Yale-New Haven.

Dr. Joseph B. Warshaw will step down this December as chair of the Department of Pediatrics, a post he held since 1987. He also served as deputy dean for clinical affairs since 1995.

As chair of pediatrics, Warshaw conceived, founded and nurtured the Yale Child Health Research Center, which brings together scientists and physicians dedicated to unraveling the molecular basis of childhood diseases. In his own research, Warshaw uses biochemical, cell biological and molecular techniques to investigate the regulation of fetal growth and perinatal adaptation. He was also a driving force behind the creation of a separate children's hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

"The Department of Pediatrics that Joe handed over to me is one of the best in the country," says Dr. Normal Siegel, interim chair of pediatrics, "and I do not think we would have the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital without Joe's vision and initiative. We really owe him an enormous debt of gratitude."

Warshaw began working in the area of developmental metabolism while serving on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School and in the Endocrine Division of Massachusetts General Hospital from 1967 to 1973. He moved to Yale in 1973 to become director of the Division of Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine and professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology. From 1982 to 1987, he was professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas. He is currently dean of the University of Vermont Medical School.

Warshaw has been active in many professional organizations, serving as council member and chair of the American Pediatric Society, president of the Society for Pediatric Research and chair of the board of the International Pediatric Research Foundation. He is coeditor of "Principles and Practice of Pediatrics." He is a member of the National Academy of Science, and has received numerous other honors.

It is, however, for his personal qualities that Warshaw will be best remembered, say his colleagues.

"Joe was a character who radiated enthusiasm in all directions," says Dr. Vincent T. Marchesi, the Anthony N. Brady Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology and director of the Boyer Center. "When he entered a somber academic gathering, things happened. The more somber the gathering, the bigger the happening."

"More than anything," says Dr. David A. Kessler, dean of the School of Medicine, "Joe is a friend, one who is a rare combination of gravitas and warmth. He has helped make Yale what it is today."

Warshaw Symposium

"The Joseph B. Warshaw Symposium on Developmental Biology" will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Rm. 110 of the Jane Ellen Hope Building, 315 Cedar St. It is free and open to the public. Those interested can receive continuing medical education credits for attending the symposium.

The featured speakers will be zoologist Richard L. Gardner of Oxford University; geneticists Alexandra L. Joyner of the New York University School of Medicine, Michael Levine of the University of California at Berkeley and Dr. Christine E. Seidman of Harvard Medical School; neuroscientist Dr. Pasko Rakic of Yale; and biologist Frank H. Ruddle of Yale. Topics will range from early mammalian development to genetic mutations linked with congenital heart disease to the logistics of brain development.

In conjunction with the symposium, there will be an invitation-only reception and dinner in honor of Warshaw on Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. at the New Haven Lawn Club. For further information, contact Ann Palmeri at (203) 785-6668 or ann.palmeri@ yale.edu.


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