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UM School of Medicine Names Dr. Steven R. Gambert First Medical Director for Development

February 12, 2020

Steven R. Gambert, MD, AGSF, MACP

Dr. Gambert Will Serve as The Principal Medical Liaison Between UMSOM Office of Development and Faculty

UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, along with Mary Pooton, Assistant Dean for Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), announced today that Steven R. Gambert, MD, AGSF, MACP, UMSOM Professor of Medicine and Division Head for Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, has been named the school’s first Medical Director of Development.

In his new role, Dr. Gambert will serve as a philanthropy partner with the Dean and the Assistant Dean for Development to build stronger connections between physicians and the development office. As the principal medical liaison between the Office of Development and faculty, he will collaborate with development colleagues to help increase the understanding of how philanthropy fits with the School’s overall vision in reaching its institutional goals.

Mary Pooton“Dr. Gambert represents the consummate seasoned professional who is the perfect fit for this new role,” says Ms. Pooton. “In the past, he has been engaged actively in philanthropic efforts both here and at other institutions. As a senior physician and gerontologist, he possesses a broad knowledge through his interactions with all branches of medicine, and has relationships with many different faculty members across the School of Medicine.”

“As a development advocate, Dr. Gambert will be able to support our faculty in their efforts to design proposals for donor prospects,” she says. What’s more, she points out that Dr. Gambert will encourage faculty members to “present big ideas for transformational gifts.”

E Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA“I congratulate Dr. Gambert on his new position, which will provide vital support for philanthropy in communications with UMSOM faculty members,” said Dean Reece, who is also Executive Vice President, UM Baltimore, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor. “As our own resident expert, he can conduct important philanthropy training with our faculty and help them focus on their own departmental needs in working with our development officers.”

Currently, Dr. Gambert is Professor and Director of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Director of the Geriatric Medicine Program at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland, he held positions as Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and Program Director of the Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital Residency Program in Internal Medicine.

A graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he received Post-graduate training at Dartmouth and Harvard Medical Schools where he specialized in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. He has authored/co-authored over 400 journal articles, book chapters, and research reports, has been editor of numerous publications, and serves on many editorial boards. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Geriatrics, the clinical journal of the American Geriatrics Society. He is the author of Be Fit for Life: A Guide to Successful Aging published by World Scientific Press.

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