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About the School

Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD

Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD

Dean, School of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs, Case Western Reserve University 

 Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD, became Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs in 2007 after serving as interim dean during the previous year. She holds the Arline H. and Curtis F. Garvin Research Professorship, and is both a professor of pediatrics, physiology and biophysics, as well as a professor of molecular biology and microbiology.

 In 2013 the university announced a landmark partnership with the Cleveland Clinic to create a state-of-the-art medical education building. The shared space will enroll students from the medical school’s two tracks, the university programs and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. The school also is the primary affiliate of University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and has formal relationships with the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center and MetroHealth Medical Center, the region’s leading public hospital.

 Dean Davis is the principal investigator for the school’s $64.6 million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, continued for a second-five year period in 2012; until last year’s renewal, the original 2007 award of $64 million was the largest the National Institutes of Health had ever awarded in Northeast Ohio

Dean Davis also is a prolific researcher whose work focuses largely on cystic fibrosis. She has published with more than 130 articles in peer review journals, and has continuously funded by the NIH for more than three decades.

 Dr. Davis holds seven U.S. patents and is a founding scientist of Copernicus Therapeutics Inc., a biotechnology company that creates novel pharmaceutical targeting and delivery systems. She has served in prominent roles such as the Advisory Council to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Dr. Davis has been a recipient of the Paul Di Sant’Agnese Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Rosenthal Prize for academic pediatrics, the Smith College Medal, and has regularly been named in "Best Doctors in America" and "Top Doctors." She also has been elected to the Association of American Physicians, and inducted into the Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame and the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame.

 Davis received her BS in chemistry, summa cum laude, from Smith College in 1968, receiving her PhD in physiology and pharmacology in 1973 and MD in 1974, both from Duke University.