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Acting Chairs Appointed for Pharmacology and Physical Therapy Departments During Chair Sabbaticals

June 15, 2018

Margaret McCarthy, PhD and Mark Rogers, PhD, PT, FAPTA

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that two department chairs, Margaret McCarthy, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology, and Mark Rogers, PhD, PT, FAPTA, the George R. Hepburn Dynasplint Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science (PTRS), will be taking sabbatical leave during the 2019 fiscal year.  In making the announcement, Dean Reece noted that acting chairs have been named to provide leadership in these two departments during this period.

Dr. McCarthy will be on sabbatical leave from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.   During her sabbatical, she will participate in various laboratory visitations and educational sessions around the country focusing on two areas critical to her research: bioinformatics and immunology.

Jessica Mong, PhDJessica Mong, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology, will serve as Acting Chair of Pharmacology during this period.  Dr. Mong is an NIH-funded scientist who studies biological sex differences and steroid actions on brain function.  She was the longest serving Director of Graduate Education in the Program in Neuroscience until stepping down this year.

The Department of Pharmacology currently has 32 full-time and secondary faculty members who oversee 20 graduate students and 19 post-doctoral fellows.  With more than $5 million in total funding, the Department’s research areas include:  Neuropharmacology, Oncopharmacology, and Toxicology.  The Department’s primary goals are to continue to increase its NIH grant portfolio, while expanding its major impact on the discipline of neuroscience and translational research.

Dr. Rogers will be on sabbatical leave from June, 2018 to December, 2018.  During his sabbatical, he will concentrate on his research program, professional collaborations and development.  Specifically, he is pursuing a collaborative initiative with the National Institute on Aging involving his work on balance and mobility impairments in aging.  In grant writing, he is developing a plan for a national/ international workshop conference that will bring together leading researchers and clinicians around the issue of falls prevention.

Andrew Pollak, MDAndrew Pollak, MD, the James Lawrence Kernan Professor and Chair in the Department of Orthopaedics, will serve as Acting Chair for PTRS, while continuing in his role as Chair of Orthopaedics, during this period.

The UMSOM Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science, now in its 62nd year, has 19 core faculty along with more than 70 adjunct faculty who assist with the education of PTRS students.   According to the Department’s Strategic Plan, PTRS will focus on achieving recognition as a leader in education, research, clinical practice and scholarship; establishing and implementing a plan for financial growth; and increasing internal and external visibility.

“We are grateful to Drs. Mong and Pollak for stepping in and providing this leadership support, and we wish Drs. McCarthy and Rogers success in their specific research and professional endeavors in the coming months,” said Dean Reece, who is also Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, UM Baltimore, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor.

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