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Nov. 30,  2010

School of Medicine Dean Named Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Board Chair

News Article ImageThomas J. Lawley, MD

Thomas J. Lawley, MD, dean of Emory University School of Medicine, has been named chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Lawley's one-year-term will run until November 2011. He has served as AAMC chair-elect since November 2009.

Lawley, the William P. Timmie professor of dermatology, was appointed dean of Emory School of Medicine in September 1996 after previously serving as interim dean and executive associate dean. As dean, he has increased the school’s research funding nearly five fold to more than $417 million per year and implemented strategic plans for research and teaching.

A nationally known expert in autoimmune skin diseases, Lawley is board certified in dermatology and in dermatological immunology. He joined Emory School of Medicine as chair of the Department of Dermatology in 1988.

His research interests include the cell biology of endothelial cells and regulation of cell adhesion molecules and inflammation. Lawley has written more than 200 book chapters, research articles, and abstracts, and has been on the editorial boards of several journals. He has received numerous academic prizes and is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.

Born in Buffalo, New York, Lawley graduated magna cum laude from Canisius College and received his MD from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Medicine and the Biomedical Sciences. He completed his residency training at Yale, SUNY at Buffalo, and the National Institutes of Health, where he served as clinical associate and senior investigator from 1981 to 1988.

As chair of the AAMC Board of Directors, Lawley succeeds Deborah E. Powell, MD, associate vice president for new models of medical education and dean emeritus of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Mark R. Laret, chief executive officer of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center was named chair-elect and will succeed Lawley next year.

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