Mary Stenzel-Poore, PhD, appointed Senior Associate Dean for Research

February 28, 2012

Mary Stenzel-PooreMary Stenzel-Poore, PhD, has been appointed Senior Associate Dean for Research in the OHSU School of Medicine. This appointment is effective immediately. In her role as Senior Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Stenzel-Poore will become part of a new mission-integrated senior leadership team in the School of Medicine. This leadership team will include senior associate deans for education, research, the clinical practice, and finance/administration.*

"An essential goal of the Dean's office is to support greater collaboration and integration across our missions. We can best serve our faculty, students, staff and communities when research, education, clinical care and outreach are fully aligned and integrated," said Dean Mark Richardson.

The position of Senior Associate Dean for Research will retain responsibility for the basic sciences, with an expanded charge to strategically lead the research mission more broadly in collaboration with all School of Medicine leaders, and with research leaders across the university. The establishment of the senior leadership team is one element of the reorganization of the Office of the Dean. This reorganization – both the analysis and the implementation – is ongoing and will be phased in over several years.

Prior to this leadership reorganization, Dan Dorsa, PhD, OHSU Vice President for Research, held the Senior Associate Dean for Research position in the School of Medicine. In recognition of the important role of the Office of the Vice President for Research in guiding this mission in the School of Medicine, and the need for continued close collaboration and coordination, Dr. Stenzel-Poore will also now serve as Associate Vice President for Basic Research reporting to the Vice President for Research. This position parallels that of Eric Orwoll, MD, Associate Vice President for Clinical and Translational Research.

"An aspect of becoming a 21st century medical school is constantly asking ourselves how we can better utilize the strengths we have in each mission to enhance the whole of the School of Medicine. We are truly greater than a mere sum of the parts. Mary understands the importance of this context in planning for our long-term continued excellence," said Dean Richardson.

"The research world is at a pivotal juncture. There is so much promise to improve human health with the application of scientific knowledge, but we are also entering an era of significant funding constraints from traditional sources," said Dr. Stenzel-Poore. "I look forward to working with everyone in research at OHSU, as well as with my colleagues in education and clinical care, to find ways to thrive in the 21st century."

Dr. Stenzel-Poore is Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology. She received her PhD in Immunology from OHSU in 1986. She was a postdoctoral fellow in neuroendocrinology at the Salk Institute in San Diego prior to joining the Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology at OHSU as an Assistant Professor in 1995. She was appointed chair of the department in 2010.

Dr. Stenzel-Poore trained both in immunology and neuroscience, and has been consistently funded by NIH for her work on neuroimmunology, specifically, the role of inflammation in injury and protection of the central nervous system. Dr. Stenzel-Poore leads a team of multi-disciplinary researchers exploring novel neuroprotective strategies to prevent brain injury. Dr. Stenzel-Poore has served on the scientific advisory board of the Oregon Translational Research and Drug Discovery Institute, and as chair of scientific review of NIH's Special Neuroscience Research Program for Under-represented Minorities, as well as numerous scientific peer-review panels. With Eric Orwoll, MD, Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, she has led the School of Medicine's Research Roadmap planning process. Initiatives of this Roadmap are now being implemented.

"Mary is a strong leader, and has demonstrated her commitment to and passion for the success of our research mission. Please join me in congratulating Mary and welcoming her to this senior leadership role," said Dean Richardson.

*Particulars of Senior Leadership Team

School of Medicine Dean/FPP President (Mark Richardson, M.D., M.B.A)

Senior Associate Dean for Education (George Mejicano, M.D., MS)

Senior Associate Dean for Research (Mary Stenzel-Poore, Ph.D.)

Senior Associate Dean for the Clinical Practice (Tom Heckler, M.B.A.)

Senior Associate Dean for Finance/Administration (Irene Barhyte)