Dr. Carsten Schultz recruited as new chair

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OHSU School of Medicine Dean Mark Richardson has appointed Carsten Schultz, Ph.D., as chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology following a national recruitment search. The appointment is effective October 1, 2016. Dr. Schultz will succeed Beth Habecker, Ph.D., who has served as interim chair since 2014. Read more.

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