Malter named Chairman of Pathology

By Robin Russell / September 2011

Dr. James S. Malter, an internationally acclaimed pathologist, has been named Chairman of Pathology at UT Southwestern.

Dr. Malter, who will succeed Dr. Errol C. Friedberg, will hold the Senator Betty and Dr. Andy Andujar Distinguished Chairmanship of Pathology. Dr. Friedberg will continue to serve as a Professor of Pathology.

Dr. James Malter

Dr. J. Gregory Fitz, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost and Dean of UT Southwestern Medical School, said, “I am confident that with Dr. Malter’s commitment to outstanding patient care, advanced technology and translational research, the pathology department will prosper under his leadership. He brings considerable skills to UT Southwestern at a critical time, as we look to the next generation of pathological analysis and laboratory medicine to play a central role in our continued clinical and academic growth.”

Dr. Malter, formerly Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, was actively involved in the development and leadership of the molecular diagnostics program at UW. For many years, his research laboratory has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies and is currently supported by multiple grants for his scientific work in inflammatory signaling and immune and neuronal cell function. The breadth of his investigations is reflected in active leadership roles in diverse center grants focused on asthma, Alzheimer’s disease and developmental disabilities.

“The opportunity to participate in the growth and further development of a world-class academic medical center is humbling,” said Dr. Malter, who has also been named Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Associate Director of Biological Sciences at UT Southwestern. “The department is poised to make substantial contributions to the implementation and application of molecular medicine to benefit our patients and the research activities of our investigators. These advances will help revolutionize the practice of medicine.”

Dr. Malter’s research has been presented in more than 100 scientific publications, and he is a member of both the American Society for Investigative Pathology and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He also serves on a number of national and international scientific review committees and editorial boards.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, he received his training in pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the University of Wisconsin faculty in 1991.

With a demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence, Dr. Malter has been a mentor to many trainees, including serving as the adviser to nearly 50 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and on the thesis committee for 25 doctoral students. In addition to his other duties at UW, he served as Associate Director for Biological Sciences of the Waisman Center and Director of the Transfusion Service at that institution’s hospital and clinics.

Dr. Fitz holds the Nadine and Tom Craddick Distinguished Chair in Medical Science and the Atticus James Gill, M.D., Chair in Medical Science.