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Webber Begins Tenure as Pediatrics Chair
October 16, 2012

After an extensive national search and well-coordinated transition, Steven A. Webber, MBChB, MRCP, has started his leadership as the James C. Overall professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He also serves as the pediatrician-in-chief at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Dr. Webber comes to Vanderbilt from Pittsburgh, where he served as the Peter and Ada Rossin Chair in Pediatric Cardiology, professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Dr. Webber's clinical leadership included co-direction of the Heart Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, which sees more than 15,000 patients a year in 15 locations. Since 1995 he has served as medical director of the Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart and Heart-Lung Transplant Program.

A native of the United Kingdom, Dr. Webber graduated from the University of Bristol Medical School, UK in 1983. He trained in internal medicine, pediatrics and pediatric cardiology in Great Britain, Canada and the U.S. He joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh in 1994.

He has been the principal investigator and program director for a National Institutes of Health-National Heart Lung and Blood Institute SCCOR (Specialized Center in Clinically Oriented Research) Program in Pediatric Heart Development and Disease entitled “Optimizing Outcome after Pediatric Heart Transplantation.” He is currently principal investigator for a National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Clinical Trials in Organ Transplantation in Children research consortium.

Dr. Webber is the author of more than 160 peer-reviewed publications. He serves as co-editor (and editor-elect) of the journal Pediatric Transplantation, and is co-editor of three books: Pediatric Solid Organ Transplantation, Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorders, and Cytokine Networks in Transplant Rejection.

He is the recipient of the 2012 American Society of Transplantation Clinical Science Established Investigator Award. In addition, he has served as president of both the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study and the International Pediatric Transplant Association. He currently serves as chair of the Thoracic Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

"I am thrilled to be joining the Vanderbilt family," Webber said. "I was attracted to Vanderbilt because of its deep commitment to all three missions of the academic medical center, along with its visionary leadership and extremely collegial atmosphere. I am looking forward to working with all the wonderful faculty, staff and trainees at Children's Hospital and across the broader Vanderbilt campus."

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