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Ghahramani named as interim chair of Department of Medicine

Dr. Nasrollah Ghahramani, has accepted the role of interim chair of the Department of Medicine. As Dr. Thomas Ma, steps down as chair, Ghahramani will assume the interim chair role on Saturday, July 1. Additionally, Ghahramani has been appointed as the J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Medicine.

Ghahramani fulfilled his internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at Hershey Medical Center. He became a faculty member of Penn State College of Medicine in 2006 as an assistant professor and was promoted to professor in 2016. He is currently the chief of the Division of Nephrology, vice chair for Educational Affairs for the Department of Medicine and a tenured professor of medicine and public health sciences. His clinical focus is transplantation, and he serves as the medical director of the Kidney Transplantation Program.

Involved in medical student, resident, fellow and faculty education at the College of Medicine, Ghahramani mentors students, trainees and junior faculty in their research and career development. In 2020, in recognition of his mentorship, a group of alumni established the Dr. Nasrollah Ghahramani Medical Education and Research Program Endowment in Nephrology. He has received numerous educational awards, including the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009 and 2016, and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the College of Medicine’s Society of Distinguished Educators. Ghahramani’s research interest is in disparities in care. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and 12 book chapters.

“Please join us in congratulating Ghahramani in this role and thanking Dr. Ma for his leadership,” said Dr. Kevin Black, interim dean of the College of Medicine, and Deborah Addo, interim president of Hershey Medical Center, in a joint statement.

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