Dr. Naga Chalasani appointed IUSM associate dean for clinical research

Jul 02, 2017 16:20 | Feature & Viewpoint


An international leader in gastroenterology and hepatology research Dr Naga Chalasani has been appointed new associate dean for clinical research of IU School of Medicine. July 1, was his first day in the new office. Dr Chalasani, who did his Medicine (MD) from Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal (Telangana) is married to Satya Kolli and lives in Carmel (Indiana).
Dr. Chalasani will help IU School of Medicine grow the number of researchers engaged in clinical trials, encourage faculty participation and leadership in industry-sponsored clinical trials, promote the clinical trials resources of the IU Clinical Trials Office (CTO) and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), liaise with hospital partners and pharmaceutical companies, and implement best practices to improve clinical research across the school, according to report publlished in Indiana University of Medicine (IUSM) Newsroom.
This position will be an addition to Dr. Chalasani’s current roles as David W. Crabb Professor of Medicine at IU School of Medicine, division chief of gastroenterology and hepatology in the Department of Medicine and adjunct professor of cellular and integrative physiology. Dr. Chalasani  joined IU School of Medicine in 1997 and became division chief in 2007. He has done his Internship and fellowship from Atlanta (USA).
An elated Dr. Chalasani is excited to serve in this new role and believed the university and school are well positioned to succeed in their goal to enhance clinical research.
“IU possesses an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically increase our patient-oriented research portfolio because of our extensive clinical footprint throughout the state of Indiana and very large physician workforce through key hospital partners, as well as our growing clinical trials infrastructure through our CTO and the Indiana CTSI,” IUSM Newsroom quoted Dr. Chalasani as saying. “I believe a robust clinical research portfolio is essential for the school to fulfill its mission of dramatically improving the health and well-being of the residents of Indiana,” said Dr. Chalasani 
Congratulating Dr Chalasani  the India Indiana Association president Raju Chinthala, who also originally hails from Telangana, said "We are very proud of you and your accomplishments. You have made significant strides in medical research, disease treatment and the improvement of patients quality of life. I trust that you will continue to work to discover many more in the field of medicine. My best wishes to you on this important milestone in your career. Enjoy your success as you truly deserve it. Let us Celebrate!!"
Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, IU associate vice president of research for university clinical affairs and IU School of Medicine executive associate dean for research affairs, said Dr. Chalasani’s scientific expertise, experience and industry connections make him an ideal fit for the position of associate dean for clinical research."
Dr. Chalasani leads a top ranked GI division consisting of 50 faculty physicians, 3 psychologists, 16 subspecialty fellows, and over 100 staff members. He has mentored over 50 trainees and junior faculty members with 19 of his former mentees in faculty positions at major academic centers and 12 are current or former recipients of federal funding.