Dr. David Jacoby named Dean of the School of Medicine

David Jacoby named Dean of OHSU School of Medicine.  Here he is standing in a garden, smiling.

David Jacoby, MD, has been named Dean of the OHSU School of Medicine, effective immediately, by OHSU President Danny Jacobs, MD, MPH (OHSU)

OHSU President Danny Jacobs, MD, MPH shared this message with the OHSU community on Monday, December 12, 2022.

Dear OHSU Community,

I am pleased to announce that I have appointed David Jacoby, MD, Dean of the OHSU School of Medicine, effective immediately. Dr. Jacoby brings extensive leadership experience and significant contributions to our clinical, educational, and research missions during his 20-year tenure at OHSU. His in-depth knowledge and relationship between OHSU and the School of Medicine will serve us well in a time of great complexity and promise.

Dr. Jacoby joined OHSU as Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care in 2003 and led that division’s expansion into patient care, research and education. He became acting chair of the Department of Medicine in 2017 and permanent chair in 2018. He is a professor of medicine, chemical physiology, and biochemistry at the OHSU School of Medicine and has been acting dean of the school since October 2021.

Since 2008, he has directed the MD/Ph.D. program, training the next generation of physician-scientists who are advancing medicine from the bench to the bedside. He led the expansion of this program and established our NIH Medical Scientist Training Program grant in 2016, renewing it last year. Dr. Jacoby has won several awards for in-house staff and graduate student teaching at OHSU and fostered a scientific culture in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program, establishing this NIH T32 Training Grant. program in 2008 (this grant has now been renewed twice).

Dr. Jacoby maintains an active research program that has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1990. His research focuses on airway pharmacology and airway nerve abnormalities in asthma, as well as the role of eosinophils in diseases of the respiratory tract. He has trained 21 students and fellows in his lab, many of whom still hold research positions in universities and industry across the country.

As a pulmonologist and intensivist, Dr. Jacoby assists in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU). During the pandemic, he said seeing the efforts of the vast multidisciplinary team to care for desperately ill COVID-19 patients made him proud of our organization.

And when our expenses to meet the needs of our state and our patients began to significantly exceed our income, at my request, he partnered with OHSU Health CEO Dr. John Hunter to identify and operationalize approaches aimed at ensuring the long-term viability of OHSU.

Dr. Jacoby received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, his medical degree from New York Medical College, and served as a resident and chief resident in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He then did a pulmonary fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco and a fellowship with Dr. Jay Nadel at the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute. Subsequently, Dr. Jacoby spent 13 years at Johns Hopkins, where he served as Director of Research for the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, and served as Firm Faculty, a designation reserved for faculty most involved in staff training. internal. He was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2000 and was promoted to full professor at Johns Hopkins in 2002.

Dr. Jacoby asked me to share this message with you: “I am so grateful for this opportunity and for the trust that Dr. Jacobs has placed in me. I look forward to continuing to work with him and with the leadership team at OHSU. I thank everyone at the School of Medicine for your support over the past year, and I hope and plan to uphold that support in the future. In particular, I would like to thank the department heads and the Dean’s office team. I have relied on your advice and your wisdom. And I have never been disappointed. »

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Jacoby.


Danny Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS


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