November 2, 2001

Bernard named chief of Allergy, Pulmonary, Critical Care division

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Dr. Gordon R. Bernard, professor of Medicine, has been appointed Chief of the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Medicine as the Mary Owen Bass Professor of Medicine.

“As Dr. Bernard prepares to assume his new responsibilities as chief of the division, I particularly thank Dr. Ken Brigham for his years of distinguished leadership and the division’s faculty for their commitment and focus during hiatus,” said Dr. Eric G. Neilson, chairman of the Department of Medicine.

Bernard received his M.D. degree from Louisiana State University in 1976. After internal medicine training at the University of Kentucky, he became a Parker B. Francis Fellow in pulmonary medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1979 where he did his initial research training. In 1987, Bernard was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt where he rose through the ranks to professor and Interim Chief of the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine. Bernard has also served as Medical Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit and is currently the Chairman of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Medical Director of the Institutional Review Board at Vanderbilt.

Bernard is a member of numerous professional societies and has received a number of honors, including the Alfred Soffer Award from the American College of Chest Physicians in 1989, and the President’s Citation Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 1997. He is a reviewer for many journals related to his specialty and is on the editorial boards of Clinical Intensive Care, Journal of Critical Care, and Sepsis.