New chair of Department of Medicine named

W. Brian Reeves, M.D.
W. Brian Reeves, M.D.

W. Brian Reeves, M.D., currently professor and vice chair of medicine and chief of the Division of Nephrology at the Penn State College of Medicine, has been selected as chair of the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine, Dean Francisco González-Scarano, M.D., announced. The appointment is effective May 1.

Dr. Reeves was selected after a comprehensive national search headed by Robin Brey, M.D., professor and chair of neurology.

A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Reeves graduated with highest distinction from Pennsylvania State University and with honors from the Jefferson Medical College as part of their accelerated 5 year combined degree program. He completed an internal medicine residency and served as chief medical resident at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. This was followed by a fellowship in nephrology at the same institution. After fellowship, Dr. Reeves was a faculty member in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he studied electrolyte transport in the kidney and directed the nephrology fellowship training program. Since 2000 he has been professor of medicine, chief of the Division of Nephrology and vice chair for research at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Reeves directs an active research program in the field of acute kidney injury and has made significant contributions regarding the role of the innate immune system, including inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines, toll like receptors, and dendritic cells to the pathogenesis of kidney injury.

In addition to his research activities, Dr. Reeves is an active clinician who cares for patients with a wide spectrum of kidney diseases. He has been recognized for ranking in the top percentile nationwide for patient satisfaction.

Dr. Reeves will be joined by his wife, Susan, who is a registered dietician and native Texan. They have two sons, Christopher and Matthew, who live in California and Pennsylvania, respectively.

Glenn Gross, M.D., has served as the interim chair of medicine.

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