School of Medicine

Three new endowed chairs announced by dean

June 30, 2014 - On his last official day as dean of the UC Irvine School of Medicine, Ralph V. Clayman, MD, announced three new endowed chairs, bringing the school's total to 28.
  • Endowed Chair in Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Oncology: Kenneth J. Chang, MD, FACG, FASGE, professor and chief of Gastroenterology & Hepatology and Executive Director of the H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center.
  • Suzanne Dykema Endowed Chair in Pancreatic Cancer: David K. Imagawa, MD, PhD, chief, Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery, Islet Cell Transplantation, and clinical professor, Department of Surgery.
  • Endowed Chair in Urologic Oncology: Thomas E. Ahlering, MD, professor and vice chair of the Department of Urology and Director of UC Irvine Health’s Robotic Oncology Center.

"Endowed chairs at UC Irvine School of Medicine are a precious “in perpetuity” commodity which allows the Chairholder to pursue research or educational endeavors," said Dean Clayman. "It is one of the highest marks of achievement and recognition."

"The generosity of our donors is both humbling and empowering. Through endowed chairs such as these, more of our faculty are able to fulfill the various aspects of our mission:
Discover. Teach. Heal. In doing so, they further us along the path to becoming one of the top ranked academic health centers in the country."

Clayman will be succeeded as dean by Roger F. Steinert, MD, who will become interim dean on July 1.