September 13, 2007

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Epidemiologist Brian Strom MD, MPH, Appointed to
Two New Positions at the University of Pennsylvania

(PHILADELPHIA) – Brian Strom, MD, MPH, George S. Pepper Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Chair of the Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology, and Director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, has been additionally appointed to the newly created positions of Vice Dean for Institutional Affairs in the School of Medicine and Senior Advisor to the Provost for Global Health Initiatives. 

“Brian has a truly rare combination of talents that make him particularly well suited for these two new positions,” said Dr. Arthur H. Rubenstein, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine. “Not only has he made many significant contributions as a researcher and clinician applying epidemiologic methods to the study of drug use and effects, he is also an accomplished leader who knows how to forge collaborative relationships to advance the field of public health.”

As Vice Dean, Dr. Strom will lead the School of Medicine’s relationship with the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center. This longstanding association has provided exceptional opportunities for faculty and residents to diversify their professional experiences. 

Additionally, he will work closely to develop and promote the educational and research missions of the Center for Public Health Initiatives and Leonard Davis Institute. He will also play a significant role in developing and implementing the PENN Medicine Biomedical Informatics Initiative.

As Senior Advisor to the Provost, Dr. Strom will implement the University of Pennsylvania’s global health initiatives. He will coordinate public health activities across the university and work with key groups to advance Penn’s commitment to public health, global health, and health services research. 

Dr. Strom is editor and an author of Pharmacoepidemiology, the field’s major text (now in its fourth edition) and has written or co-written 475 papers. He served as President of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology and Editor for the Americas for Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, its official journal. 

He has been principal investigator of over 200 grants. Dr. Strom is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and one of only a handful of clinical epidemiologists ever elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and American Association of Physicians.

A faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine since 1980, and winner of a 2004 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, he earned an MPH degree in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980; an MD degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1975; and a BS degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University in 1971. 

Dr. Strom lives in Penn Valley, Pa., with his wife, Elaine, and their two children.


PENN Medicine is a $3.5 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is currently ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to most recent data from the National Institutes of Health, received over $379 million in NIH research funds in the 2006 fiscal year. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals — its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center — a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.

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