Auchus becomes first holder of Sanders Chair

By Kristen Holland Shear

Dr. Richard Auchus, associate professor of internal medicine, has been named first holder of the Charles A. and Elizabeth Ann Sanders Chair in Translational Research.

Dr. Auchus said being named the inaugural holder is “first of all, a great honor.”

  Dr. Richard Auchus

“Second, it provides resources to advance additional projects that otherwise would not be possible.”

An endocrinologist and enzymologist and a noted expert on steroid hormone biology and related diseases, Dr. Auchus performs basic, clinical and translational research on the biochemistry and physiology of how steroid hormones are made as well as how their production is regulated.

His lab studies how these principles relate to human disease with the goal of improving the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as infertility, hypertension and intersex disorders.

Dr. Keith Parker, chief of endocrinology, said Dr. Auchus is uniquely suited for the new position.

“Rich is a real throwback because he is both an outstanding clinician and someone who understands and can use modern approaches of molecular biology and synthetic chemistry,” said Dr. Parker, who holds the J.D. and Maggie E. Wilson Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Research. “The Sanders Chair in Translational Research recognizes these talents and will support his efforts to define the molecular basis for human diseases that are linked to abnormal steroid hormone synthesis.”

Dr. Auchus received his medical degree and doctorate in pharma­cology from Washington University in St. Louis. He also completed a fellowship in endocrinology at Wilford Hall Medical Center and the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and did some postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Auchus joined the
UT Southwestern faculty in 1999.