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Thomas Moore named acting provost at BUMC

Thomas Moore, the new acting provost of the Medical Campus. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky


Thomas Moore, the new acting provost of the Medical Campus. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

School of Medicine Professor Thomas Moore has been named acting provost of the Medical Campus following the death of Norman Levinsky on March 8. Levinsky had been acting provost since fall 2003.

Moore, who has been the assistant provost for clinical research at Boston Medical Center and director of the BMC Office of Clinical Research, came to BU in 2001 from Merck and Company, where he was the primary medical and scientific liaison officer for the Northeast. Before joining Merck in 1995, he was a physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

“I think he is an outstanding clinician and academician who in addition has considerable administrative experience in both academia and industry,” says Aram Chobanian, president ad interim. “He has led the Office of Clinical Research with distinction over the past three years.”

Moore earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1971. After an internship at the Dartmouth Affiliated Hospitals in New Hampshire, he returned to Cincinnati to complete a residency in medicine. He then joined Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (a forerunner of the Brigham and Women's Hospital) and Harvard Medical School as a research fellow. As a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, he worked on a groundbreaking 1994 study on the nutritional aspects of hypertension and was chairman of the DASH trial, a multicenter, National Institutes of Health–sponsored study showing that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods could substantially lower blood pressure. The DASH Diet for Hypertension: Lower Your Blood Pressure in 14 Days — Without Drugs was published in 2001, and its findings have become the center of many guidelines recommended by nutritionists.

Moore has won a Clinical Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health and an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association. As assistant provost, he fostered collaborative research efforts involving teams of investigators from BU's School of Medicine, School of Public Health, and the Goldman School of Dental Medicine.


19 March 2004
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