Infectious Disease, Medical Infomatics Expert Joins School of Medicine Leadership
Claire Pomeroy, an expert in infectious diseases, medical informatics and eating disorders from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, has joined the UC Davis School of Medicine as executive associate dean.
Second in command to Dean Joseph Silva, Jr., Pomeroy will oversee a $220 million operating budget and will work with leader-ship, faculty, staff and trainees to integrate the teaching, research and patient care, community service missions within the school and medical center, as well as with
other schools and colleges on the Davis campus.
"Dr. Pomeroy is an excellent addition to the leadership team," said Silva. "She is a results-oriented leader with a diverse background in basic research, clinical care, faculty development and medical informatics. Her clinical and basic research expertise in opportunistic infectious diseases, AIDS, eating disorders and women's health is a great complement to many of our existing programs, and her experience and leadership in bringing the latest information management systems into the hands of practicing physicians will serve
us well as we transition from film and paper to a fully integrated electronic medical record and information system."
"UC Davis has tremendous strengths in research and clinical care that can truly advance the practice of medicine and improve community and public health," said Pomeroy. "I look forward to being part of the team that is making critical and unique contributions to medicine and health on both the local and global level."
At the University of Kentucky, Pomeroy was an associate dean for research and informatics and professor of infectious diseases. She established the Office of Research and Leadership Development to support junior faculty at the university, worked closely with the state legislature to establish laws to improve access to medical care for AIDS patients and the disenfranchised, and led the planning for an electronic medical record and statewide e-health network.
She also served on the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees and the Faculty Senate Council, has been a reviewer for the Veterans Administration (VA) and National Institutes of Health, and chaired the VA Research Career Scientist Program review group.
A strong proponent for translating basic research findings into clinical care, Pomeroy's own research has focused on host responses to infectious diseases and on the medical complications and pathogenesis of eating disorders, especially anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and obesity. Her laboratory is studying the role of cytokines, such as IL-6 and leptin, as potential mediators of the disordered eating characteristic of these and other patients, including HIV-infected patients who develop abnormal body fat distribution after treatment with protease inhibitors.
Pomeroy received her medical degree from the University of Michigan College of Medicine in Ann Arbor. She completed her residency and fellowship training at the University of Minnesota. She holds a master's in business administration from the University of Kentucky.