New Associate Dean for Admissions

Herbert T. Abelson

Herbert T. Abelson, M.D., Associate Dean of Admissions

Herbert T. Abelson, M.D.
Associate Dean of Admissions

We are delighted to announce that Herbert T. Abelson, MD, George M. Eisenberg Professor Emeritus and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics, joined the Pritzker School of Medicine as Associate Dean of Admissions on April 1st, 2005. Dr. Abelson will bring a wealth of experience in academic medicine as well as success in leading a large and complex department to the admissions process and to the medical school in general. Dr. Abelson has held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Center for Cancer Research at MIT. He served as Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine from 1983 to 1995, before becoming the George M. Eisenberg Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago—a position he held from 1995 through 2004. Dr. Abelson’s leadership resulted in the building of the Comer Children’s Hospital as well as a dramatic improvement in the quality of the pediatric residency training program.

As the students who worked with him as a Fourth Year Student Career Advisor already know, Dr. Abelson has a natural affinity with students and already serves as a superb role model and inspiring physician. As Associate Dean for Admissions in the Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Abelson will lead the faculty interviewing effort and the recruitment of students to the Pritzker School of Medicine. Further, Dr. Abelson will continue to serve as a Career Advisor for fourth year students and chair a special committee to recommend a comprehensive structure for student advising.

We also wish to extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to Dr. Eric Lombard, who served as Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid from 2000 to 2005. Dr. Lombard will continue to teach, to conduct paleontology research and to pursue his diverse interests. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Abelson and wishing both him and Dr. Lombard the greatest of success in their new roles.