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Sherwood joins Anesthesiology as new vice chair for Research


6/28/2012 - Edward Sherwood, M.D., Ph.D., joins Vanderbilt’s Department of Anesthesiology faculty on July 1 as vice chair for Research.

Edward Sherwood, M.D., Ph.D.

Edward Sherwood, M.D., Ph.D.

The department is consistently ranked as one of the top extramurally funded research programs in the nation, and is rare among academic anesthesiology departments due to its strong program of both basic science and clinical research. In his role, Sherwood will oversee all of the department’s investigational endeavors.

“We are thrilled to have Ed join our faculty, and his leadership will certainly play a vital role in the continued success of our department,” said Warren Sandberg, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the department. “In addition to his noteworthy personal research interests, Ed has demonstrated solid leadership on the institutional level and is a key contributor to the scientific dialogue nationally.”

A distinguished translational physician-scientist, Sherwood previously served as vice chair for research, and James F. Arens Endowed Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He also was a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and director of the M.D./Ph.D. Combined Degree Program at UTMB.

Sherwood received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. in Physiology from Tulane University. He completed a residency in Anesthesiology at Northwestern University and an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. Sherwood completed his undergraduate studies at Southwestern University.

His major research interests include altered antimicrobial immunity in experimental models of sepsis and thermal injury. He has several active research grants, including a National Institutes of Health RO1 grant to define the role of natural killer and CD8+ T cells in the pathogenesis of acute intra-abdominal sepsis.

He has authored nearly 70 peer-reviewed articles and is the recipient of numerous awards associated with teaching and research.

Sherwood currently serves as an associate examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology and is on the editorial boards of the medical journals Anesthesia and Analgesia, Shock, and Frontiers in Molecular Innate Immunity. He is a permanent member of the National Institutes of Health Surgery, Anesthesia and Trauma (SAT) Study Section.

He will be joined in Nashville by his wife, Kelly Chambers, and their three children — Lynn, 18, Nick, 17, and Lee, 14.

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