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Dr. Richard Leigh – Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs

Dr. Richard LeighThe Cumming School of Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Leigh, MD, PhD, has been appointed senior associate dean, Faculty Affairs at the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM), University of Calgary. The appointment is effective January 1, 2020.
 
Richard takes over for Dr. Todd Anderson, MD, who was named vice dean last month. Richard is an accomplished physician-scientist who is highly respected for achievements in research, teaching and leadership in medicine. He has been clinical head, Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services and academic head, Department of Medicine, CSM, since 2016.
 
Richard joined the Faculty of Medicine at UCalgary (now CSM) in 2004. Richard’s areas of research interest include understanding the basic mechanisms underlying airway remodeling in asthma, the assessment of airway inflammation and early phase clinical trials in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. His research studying the role of rhinovirus infections in the pathogenesis of airway remodeling in asthma is funded through a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He is also a principal investigator in the AllerGen Clinical Investigator Collaborative, a national group of leading researchers conducting clinical trials to evaluate new treatments for allergic asthma.
 
Richard’s clinical practice focuses on severe asthma and other airway diseases. He is a professor in the departments of Medicine and Physiology and Pharmacology. He is also a member of the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases. Richard served as the division chief, Respiratory Medicine, prior to being appointed to head of the Department of Medicine in 2016.
 
He earned a Master’s degree in Health Research Methodology and PhD in Medical Sciences from McMaster University. Originally from South Africa, Richard obtained his medical degree from the University of Cape Town with distinction in pre-clinical and clinical examinations.
 
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Leigh on his new role with senior leadership of the CSM.
 
In collaboration, AHS and the Cumming School of Medicine will appoint interim leadership shortly. The Search and Selection process for the jointly appointed Department Head will begin over the next few weeks.

Gender Equity in the Department of Medicine

The Department of Medicine kicked off our 2019-2020 Medical Grand Rounds series with a very important topic, Gender Equity. If you missed this morning’s Rounds presentation by Drs. Shannon Ruzycki and Aleem Bharwani, you can view the podcast here (password: DoMMGR).

I also invite you to read the complete Gender Equity in the Department of Medicine: Summary Report by Drs. Ruzycki and Bharwani on behalf of the Gender Equity Task Force, which can be accessed here.

If you would like a hard copy of the Summary Report, please reach out to either Dr. Ruzycki (shannon.ruzycki@ucalgary.ca) or Dr. Bharwani (aleem.bharwani@ahs.ca). Please note that a limited number of hard copies are available.