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For Immediate Release

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Appoint David H. Perlmutter, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics

David H. Perlmutter, MD, has been chosen as physician-in-chief of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, scientific director of the Rangos Research Center and Vira I. Heinz professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Prior to assuming this role, Perlmutter was chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine. He has built a reputation as an excellent clinician, productive researcher and committed educator. He was named the Donald Strominger Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology in 1996. Perlmutter has received numerous awards, including the E. Mead Johnson Award for Pediatric Research from the Society for Pediatric Research, the RJR Nabisco Research Scholars Award, the American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, and the Burroughs-Wellcome Scholar in Experimental Therapeutics Award.

He is past president of the Society for Pediatric Research and holds memberships in the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Association of American Physicians. He is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the AAP Subsection on Pediatric Gastroenterology.

Perlmutter is recognized internationally as an authority on alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, the most common genetic cause of liver disease in children and of emphysema in adults. His research focuses on the degradation of mutant secretory proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum and the cell biology of protease inhibitors. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals such as the American Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, Hepatology and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Perlmutter received his medical degree at St. Louis University. He trained in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania and in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Children’s Hospital of Boston/Harvard Medical School.

Contact:
DeAnn Marshall, 412-692-5016

Last Update
February 20, 2008
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