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Dennis Ausiello, MD

Dennis Ausiello, MD
Chairman, Department of Medicine

Dennis A. Ausiello, MD is the Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and Chief Scientific Officer of Partners Healthcare. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has made a substantial contribution to knowledge of epithelial biology in the areas of membrane protein trafficking, ion channel regulation and signal transduction. He has published numerous articles, book chapters, and textbooks and currently serves as the co-editor of Cecil's Textbook of Medicine, now in its 23rd edition.

A nationally recognized leader in academic medicine, Dr. Ausiello was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science in 1999 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. He has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe on health subjects, including human genetics, clinical trials, and the relationship between the academy and industry.

Dr. Ausiello served as Chief of the MGH Renal Unit and oversaw its development into one of the most sought after research and training programs in the world. As Chief of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, a position he has held since 1996, he leads one of the strongest Departments of Medicine in the country with a clinical, research and education budget exceeding $600 million annually. He is closely involved with the Partners HealthCare System, linking the resources of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to provide comprehensive health care. He oversees the training of more than 170 house officers, 500 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and dozens of students at Harvard Medical School, many of whom have gone on to careers as physician-scientists. Dr. Ausiello was also Director of the MD/PhD Program at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology until 1999. He served as Chairman of the Executive Committee on Research of the Massachusetts General Hospital, the oversight committee for the $600 million research enterprise at the hospital.

As an internationally recognized scientist, Dr. Ausiello has been the recipient of two MERIT awards from the National Institutes of Health and has served as a counsel member of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council and the National Advisory Council on Aging. Dr Ausiello is also on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit organization, Research!America, the leading advocate group for investment in biomedical research in the United States, and the Broad Institute, an independent partnership of Harvard and MIT faculty working in human genetics.

Understanding the need for partnerships between the academy and industry, Dr. Ausiello also serves in a variety of advisory roles beyond his academic affiliations. Dr. Ausiello serves on the Board of Directors of Pfizer and also on the Board of Directors for TARIS, a drug- delivery company. He also serves as an advisor to drug delivery and biosensing start-up companies Entra, BIND Biosciences, and Seventh Sense Biosystems, Inc., to drug-discovery startup companies Promedior and Pulmatrix, to Proventys, an evidence-based medicine delivery system, and to Ore Pharmaceuticals and Polaris, investment and venture capital companies working in the biotech and device area.

Dr. Ausiello is particularly interested in the training of inquisitive physicians and translational investigators, and is the architect and director of the Harvard initiative in Patient-Associated Science: Training, Education, Understanding, and Research (PASTEUR), a novel educational program designed to introduce Harvard medical students and select Harvard undergraduates and graduate students to the excitement, challenges, and opportunities of patient-oriented research and to cultivate the development of the next generation of reflective physician-scientists.

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