DeSalvo Invested in C. Thorpe Ray Chair in Medicine

May 26, 2005

Fran Simon
Phone: 504-247-1425

Tulane University invested Karen B. DeSalvo in the C. Thorpe Ray Chair in Medicine. The new chair honors the late physician who was on the Tulane faculty for 43 years. Ray also chaired the medicine department at the University of Missouri and cardiology at Ochsner, returning to Tulane. More than 200 colleagues, friends and family donated to establish the endowed chair, with matching funds from the Louisiana Board of Regents Chairs for Eminent Scholars program.

DeSalvo is an associate professor of clinical medicine and chief of the section of general internal medicine and geriatrics in the Department of Medicine of the Tulane University School of Medicine, and an adjunct associate professor in epidemiology and health systems management at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. DeSalvo was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar and received an institutional career development award from the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health.

DeSalvo has ongoing research support for health services research investigation. The overall focus of her research is to improve health outcomes for individuals with chronic diseases by developing strategies to identify those at high risk and tailor interventions to their needs. After graduating from Suffolk University in Boston, DeSalvo received a medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine, where she served as chief resident, and a master of public health degree from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

She also holds a master of science degree in clinical epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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