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Artenstein named chair of Baystate Health's Department of Medicine


Oct. 25, 2012
Dr. Andrew Artenstein

Dr. Andrew Artenstein

SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Andrew Artenstein, an accomplished physician scientist and infectious diseases specialist with expertise in biodefense, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine at Baystate Health.

Prior to his appointment at Baystate, Artenstein served for nearly a decade as the physician-in-chief of the Department of Medicine at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket and as founding director of the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Pathogens. He also held the position of professor of Medicine and professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dedicated to training the physicians of tomorrow, Artenstein was a five-time recipient of the annual Dean's Teaching Excellence Award and received the medical school's Department of Medicine Chairman's Award for Outstanding Teaching.

"Dr. Artenstein's recognized excellence as a clinician, teacher, and researcher will serve him well in leading Baystate's largest department, whose physicians ranging from neurologists to heart and vascular specialists and from oncologists to emergency medicine practitioners, provide care to the community in both the outpatient and hospital setting," Dr. Mark A. Keroack, MPH, chief physician executive, Baystate Health, said.

As chair of the Department of Medicine, Artenstein will play a critical leadership role in furthering Baystate Health's vision of transforming care across the region. In his new role, he will oversee more than 200 faculty physicians and advanced practitioners in 14 divisions both private practice and Baystate-employed physicians who were responsible for some 170 active research protocols and 250 publications last year.

Artenstein completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester and is an Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his post-graduate training in medicine and infectious diseases at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Active in the area of research, Artenstein is the recipient of numerous research grants and has authored more than 50 original, peer-reviewed papers in the arenas of molecular epidemiology, vaccine clinical trials, novel therapeutics targeting emerging pathogens, and the pathogenesis and immunology of biodefense threat agents.

He has also published 25 book chapters and invited reviews and is the editor and lead author of the book, "Vaccines: A Biography," and author of the upcoming book, "In The Blink of an Eye: The Deadly Story of Epidemic Meningitis."

He is an associate editor of the journal VACCINE and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

He holds membership in numerous professional societies and organizations, including the American Medical Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association of Chairs and Chiefs of Medicine, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, and Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and the American College of Physicians.

Artenstein's clinical background and special interest in infectious diseases led to his founding of the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Pathogens at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. He plans to continue his multi-center collaborations in the area of biodefense at Baystate Health, focusing on biothreats, both naturally occurring, such as pandemic influenza, and those resulting from malice, such as acts of bioterrorism.

Artenstein's wife, Debbie, is an attorney who is completing a master's in social work.

The couple has two sons: Sam, who is a sophomore at Brown University in Rhode Island, and Nick, who lives in Boston and teaches at the UP Academy Middle School in Lawrence, a turnaround model school program.

For more information on Baystate Health, visit baystatehealth.org.



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