Boston Medical Center and BU School of Medicine Appoint New Chief, Chairman of Medicine

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(Boston) – David Coleman MD, FACP, has been appointed to the positions of Chief of the Division of Medicine at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Wade Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). He will also serve as president of the Evans Medical Foundation Inc., the faculty practice plan for the Department of Medicine at BUSM, and director of the Evans Memorial Department of Clinical Research.

Prior to these appointments, Coleman was interim chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale School of Medicine.

Elaine Ullian, president and CEO of Boston Medical Center said, “We are proud to have Dr. Coleman join Boston Medical Center as our chief of Medicine. His leadership as a distinguished clinician, exceptional scholar and renowned researcher will serve our patients and staff well into the future and enhance the well-being of our community.”

“Dr. Coleman has distinguished himself in medical administration, teaching, and clinical research,” said BUSM Dean Karen Antman, MD, provost of the Boston University Medical Campus. “We are fortunate to have a person of Dr. Coleman’s caliber for this important leadership position at Boston University Medical Center.”

Coleman earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1976. He completed his residency in the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, where he served as chief resident and instructor in medicine. In 1982, Coleman completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at Yale University School of Medicine.

Coleman quickly rose through the ranks at Yale University School of Medicine, serving as assistant professor and associate professor in the Section of Infectious Diseases. From 1989 to 1992, he served as chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Haven, CT.

His illustrious medical career includes serving as chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver, Colorado; acting chief of the Section of Infectious Disease at Yale School of Medicine and acting chief of staff for the Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System.

Coleman has a long-standing interest in the mechanisms of activation of immune cells, especially macrophages – cells responsible for devouring particulate matter. He has also helped developed strategies to promote the productivity of clinicians and improve relationships between commercial entities and academic medicine.

Coleman currently serves on the editorial board for the journal, Infection. He is a member of the Association of Professors of Medicine and a fellow among the American College of Physicians.

Honored with multiple awards, Coleman is a two-time recipient of the Yale Medical School Blake Award for Best Teacher. He is also a member of the Society of Distinguished Teacher’s at Yale School of Medicine.

Coleman is an accomplished author and co-author of numerous scientific publications.