A Harvard Medical
School professor will become head
of Tulane University School of Medicine on Nov. 1, Tulane announced Wednesday.
In addition to teaching at Harvard, Benjamin P. Sachs is
chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Beth
His success in creating research teams is one reason he was
chosen, Tulane President Scott Cowen said.
Sachs created the team that discovered a possible cause of
pre-eclampsia dangerously high blood pressure that kills hundreds of pregnant
women each year and could lead to a simple urine test to predict which women
are likely to develop it.
Sachs said he was attracted to New
Orleans by Tulane’s reputation and the chance to make
a difference in the post-Katrina city.
“Tulane has a long history as a leader in medical
education, research and patient care and it will be a real privilege to help
lead the recovery,” Sachs said.
His titles at Tulane, where he also will hold an endowed
chair in medicine, will be dean of the medical school and university senior
vice president in charge of all medically related activities, including
partnerships with other hospitals and universities.
A native of London,
Sachs earned his medical degree from the Imperial
of Toronto and was a visiting scientist
at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. there. He has a doctorate
in public health from the
Sachs is currently the Harold H. Rosenfield Professor of
Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and a professor in the
Department of Society, Human Development and Health at the Harvard School of
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