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Joseph O’Donnell has been appointed to the Elizabeth DeCamp McInerny Professorship at the Geisel School of Medicine. O’Donnell, a professor of medicine and of psychiatry and the senior advising dean at Geisel, succeeds C. Everett Koop, who held the chair until his death in 2013.
“It’s an unbelievable honor, especially since the previous recipient of the chair was Dr. Koop,” says O’Donnell, who was close friends with Koop, the renowned pediatric surgeon and former U.S. Surgeon General. “To follow in his footsteps is just incredible.”
“I’m very pleased to see Joe O’Donnell receive this honor,” says Wiley “Chip” Souba, dean of Geisel. “For many years, he’s been a tireless advocate for our students, opening up new opportunities for them to pursue their passion in medicine. Joe is always looking for ways to improve medical education and advance compassionate care. In fact, our alumni, students, faculty, and staff often say that Joe represents the heart and soul of our medical school.”