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February 13, 2003


Roberto Pacifici, MD, Named New Director of Emory's Endocrinology and Metabolism Division

Roberto Pacifici, MD, professor of medicine, has been appointed the new director for the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Pacifici comes to Emory from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where he held joint appointments in the departments of medicine and radiology.

Born in Perugia, Italy, Dr. Pacifici received his medical degree and internal medicine training from the Perugia University School of Medicine in Perugia. He then moved to the United States to complete a fellowship in endocrinology at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis at Washington University School of Medicine. Following his fellowship, Dr. Pacifici joined the faculty at Washington University where he stayed for the next 18 years. Just two months ago, Dr. Pacifici moved south to Atlanta and Emory University to take on a new challenge.

"I am looking forward to my new responsibilities here at Emory," says Dr. Pacifici. "The endocrinology program here is a strong one, made up of basic research, clinical research and clinical care. At Emory, I will have the opportunity to work with a major research group, young scientists and excellent clinicians. Building on the expertise already here, I hope I can help expand the division and help our program grow."

Dr. Pacifici specializes in osteoporosis, estrogen deficiency and bone loss, menopause, womenís health, metabolic bone diseases and Pagetís disease (a chronic skeletal disorder which may result in enlarged or deformed bones in one or more regions of the skeleton). Dr. Pacific brought three large National Institutes of Health grants with him to Emory involving studies on the mechanism of action of estrogen in bone and regulatory effects of estrogen on the immune system. All of his research work is performed in laboratory mice and tissue culture systems.

Short- and long-term goals for Dr. Pacifici include developing a major, state-of-the-art center for osteoporosis research and treatment at Emory. He also plans to set up a new comprehensive educational program for patients with diabetes, built on Emoryís already strong expertise in diabetes research and care. The program would teach patients about the importance of diagnosis and treatment of diabetes and about self-management of the disease. He has plans to develop a program for diabetic children, too. Dr. Pacifici would also like to expand Emoryís nutrition center and boost research in the islet transplantation program. "We want to be known as an educational resource for the community when it comes to diabetes, osteoporosis and nutrition," Dr. Pacifici says.

"We feel Dr. Pacifici is an excellent addition to both Emoryís Department of Medicine and Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism," says Wayne Alexander, MD, PhD, professor and chairman of Emoryís Department of Medicine. "His expertise in the field and strong leadership qualities will help guide the department and division to make great strides in our research, teaching and clinical care missions."

Dr. Pacifici serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals and has published dozens of peer-reviewed research articles.

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