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W. Allen Hogge, M.D., Named Chair Of Obstetrics, Gynecology And Reproductive Sciences At University Of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, August 3, 2004 W. Allen Hogge, M.D., director of the Center for Medical Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), has been appointed chairman of the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has served as interim chair since the 2003 retirement of former chairman Richard Sweet, M.D.

Im very excited by the opportunity, said Dr. Hogge, who also serves as professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. This is a strong, supportive faculty with whom I have enjoyed working for the past 12 years.

As chairman, Dr. Hogge will be responsible for developing and supervising a strong department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Magee-Womens Hospital within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and for coordinating the mission of Magee with those of the School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Physicians. In addition, he will be responsible for all departmental research and direct its research mission as well as have an instrumental role in developing an overall research plan for the Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI).

Dr. Hogge is an outstanding clinician and researcher who has been particularly adept at mentoring medical genetics fellows and residents, said Arthur S. Levine, M.D., senior vice chancellor, health sciences, and dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For years now he has been a steady force for promoting women's health in the region, and I have no doubt he will make great contributions in the future.

In addition to his duties as chairman, Dr. Hogge will retain responsibilities as a clinical investigator for the MWRI; medical director for both the Genetic Counseling Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh and the department of genetics at Magee; director of the division of reproductive genetics at Pitts School of Medicine; director of the medical genetics fellowship and residency training program; and associate professor of human genetics at the university's Graduate School of Public Health.

The University of Pittsburgh is an institution that recognizes the importance of quality clinical care and research, said Dr. Hogge. UPMC and Magee have common goals, which helps both to be much more effective.

Challenges facing the department include changing demographics as the region ages and expanding Magees research focus as well as maintaining its current level of excellence, he said.

A native of Richmond, Va., Dr. Hogge has been a faculty member at Pitt since 1992. Prior to that, he received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He received specialty training at the University of California in San Francisco and served on the faculty there and at the University of Virginia.

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