Dr. D'Amore to helm the Howe Lab

Joan W. Miller, M.D., Chief and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology has announced the appointment of Schepens Director of Research, Patricia A. D’Amore, Ph.D. as the Director of the Howe Laboratory and Associate Chief of Basic and Translational Research at Mass. Eye and Ear, both effective July 1, 2014.

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“Knowing that we needed a highly accomplished and gifted scientist, mentor and administrator to succeed Dr. Richard Masland, I couldn’t be more pleased that Patricia D’Amore will be at the helm of the Howe Laboratory and serve as Associate Chief of Ophthalmology Basic and Translational Research.” Dr. Miller stated in making her announcement.

In addition to being the Director of Research at Schepens, Dr. D’Amore is the Charles L. Schepens Professor of Ophthalmology and a Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. She is the Ophthalmology Vice Chair of Basic Research and Co-director of the AMD Center of Excellence at HMS, and Senior Scientist and Ankeny Scholar of Retinal Molecular Biology at Schepens. All of these appointments and capacities will continue, going forward, while she folds in the new Howe and Associate Chief roles.

Dr. D’Amore brings three decades of leadership and scientific accomplishment to her new role. Among her new responsibilities, Dr. D’Amore will work with Dr. Miller and the research leadership and the investigators of the Howe Laboratory in the administrative oversight, grant and operational processes, and strategic recruitment and growth of the Laboratory. She will continue to integrate Mass. Eye and Ear and Schepens activities, participate in the development and implementation of a strategic vision for the postdoc experience at Mass. Eye and Ear, and further develop the faculty mentoring program.

Dr. Miller recognized Dr. D’Amore’s exceptional qualities as a standout mentor and role model, and her long-demonstrated passion and commitment to education, stating “… she possesses a remarkable and salient ability to communicate technical and complex research to a variety of audiences, and strives to ensure her trainees have the requisite depth of knowledge and leadership capabilities to push the boundaries of future scientific advancements. More than 50 pre-doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows have benefited from Pat’s extraordinary coaching. Many have gone on to become leading experts in the field: seven are full Professors. Not surprisingly, Pat was honored in 2006 with the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award and, in 2013, received the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard University.”

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