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Eminent Epidemiologist Mercedes Carnethon Named Chair of Preventive Medicine



Mercedes Carnethon, PhD, vice chair and Mary Harris Thompson Professor of Preventive Medicine and chair of the Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure Committee at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has been named chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine, effective September 1.

“I am extremely pleased and grateful to be entrusted with leading the Department of Preventive Medicine—a place that has been my academic and professional home for two decades,” said Carnethon. “Our Department is first in its class in elucidating the multiple complex causes of morbidity and mortality in the population. It is not an exaggeration to say that I am standing on the shoulders of giants who led the Department for over 50 years. The former chairs, other senior leaders and Dean Neilson have invested substantially in my growth as a scholar, mentor and leader, and I am pleased to return that investment by continuing the positive trajectory of our outstanding department.”

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