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Neglia to chair pediatrics department

Joseph Neglia, M.D., M.P.H.Professor Joseph Neglia, M.D., M.P.H., will become chair of the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief of University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital beginning January 3.

The leadership change comes as current chair Aaron Friedman, M.D., takes over as Medical School dean and University vice president of health sciences. Frank Cerra, M.D., who currently serves as the University’s senior vice president for health sciences and Medical School dean, is stepping down December 31.

Neglia has been a part of the University community since 1984, when he started his fellowship training here. He joined the faculty in 1987. His research is focused on the long-term effects of childhood cancer and its treatment.

Neglia also is an experienced and respected leader in the department. Besides serving as section chief of hematology/oncology, he was interim department head from July 2007 until Friedman’s arrival in March 2008.

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