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Dr. Russel Kaufman Named Vice Dean for Education at Duke Medical Center

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Dr. Russel Kaufman, a seasoned administrator and physician at Duke University Medical Center, has been named vice dean for education at the School of Medicine.

He succeeds Dr. Dan G. Blazer, who served in the position for seven years and has returned to psychiatric research, teaching and patient care. The appointment was effective July 1.

"Dr. Kaufman brings a wealth of experience to teaching in the clinical and the basic sciences to the Vice Deanship, and I am confident that he will be a strong and visionary leader," said Dr. Edward Holmes, dean of the School of Medicine and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "His enthusiasm and commitment to the educational programs in the School of Medicine represent an invaluable resource to the institution."

Kaufman received his advanced medical training at Duke and has been on the faculty for 22 years. A professor of medicine and associate professor in the department of biochemistry, Kaufman has established an international reputation as a basic and clinical investigator in the fields of hematology and oncology, Holmes said.

Kaufman also is nationally known for his leadership in graduate medical education and is president of the Association of Subspecialty Professors and serves as chair of the association's Federated Council of Internal Medicine.

"I am extremely honored to be given the opportunity to work with the students and faculty of the School of Medicine," said Kaufman. "Recent advances in scientific research and the practice of medicine invite a review of the training of medical students and graduate physicians. I consider it a great opportunity to participate in this process under the leadership of Dean Holmes and look forward to the challenges that await us."

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