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For Release: April 18, 2008
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Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Named for DMS

Dr. John Modlin
Dr. John Modlin

Hanover, N.H.—Dartmouth pediatrician Dr. John Modlin, a prominent children's infectious disease expert, has been appointed senior associate dean for clinical affairs at Dartmouth Medical School, effective immediately. In this position, he will serve in an advisory role to DMS Dean Dr. William R. Green for all aspects relating to the school's academic mission involving the clinical faculty and programs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Modlin will continue as chair of pediatrics, a post he has held since 2001. He was also medical director of Children's Hospital at Dartmouth from 2001-07.

"Dr. Modlin is a skilled clinician and respected administrator whose commitment to excellence has helped advance pediatric care, education and research at Dartmouth Medical School during his tenure here," said Green.

Recognized for his leadership on vaccine public policy and viral disease prevention, Modlin is a former chair of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and a member of the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.

Dr. Modlin is a skilled clinician and respected administrator whose commitment to excellence has helped advance pediatric care, education and research at Dartmouth Medical School during his tenure here.

—DMS Dean William R. Green

His research has focused on enterovirus infections, which include polio, and his studies on poliovirus vaccination were instrumental in changing US polio immunization policy. He is also interested in infections transmitted from mother to infant and contributed to early pediatric AIDS clinical trials.

Modlin received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke (in 1967 and 1971 respectively). He completed training in pediatrics and infectious disease at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston, having also worked at St. Mary's Hospital in London and the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the CDC. Before joining Dartmouth in 1991 as a professor of pediatrics and of medicine, he held faculty positions at Harvard and Johns Hopkins.

His two extracurricular passions are rugby and sailing, and while he no longer plays much of the former, he still spends many weekends and holidays on the water.

-DMS-

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