Appointment of Dr. Chen Liu As Chair of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at NJMS & RWJMS

Dear Members of the NJMS and RWJMS Community:

It gives us great pleasure to announce that, following a nationwide search, we have selected Dr. Chen Liu to serve as Chair of the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at both Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. This appointment is pending completion of the University appointment process.

Dr. Liu is a Professor of Pathology, and the Associate Chair for the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Florida. He is also the endowed chair in liver research and the Director of the Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology Service and Fellowship Program at the University of Florida.

Dr. Liu received his medical degree in China and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in the laboratory of Professor Bill Mason in 1993. He gained postdoctoral research experience in the laboratory of Professor Peter Vogt at the Scripps Research Institute in California. Following his postdoctoral research, Dr. Liu then undertook pathology residency training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania (Drexel University). After completing his residency Dr. Liu then obtained a surgical oncological pathology training fellowship at the University of Texas’ MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Since his recruitment to UF in 2000 Dr. Liu has developed both the research and clinical interests and obtained the rank of full tenured professor in 2010.

Dr. Liu is an internationally renowned board-certified GI/liver pathologist and an NIH-funded liver disease investigator. As a physician scientist, he is an expert in viral hepatitis, liver cancer and graft-versus-the host disease and cancer epigenetics. His research team has made significant contributions to the understanding of virus or alcohol-induced carcinogenesis, cancer metastasis, cancer biomarker discovery and novel therapies using small molecules and immunotherapy. One of the current research programs is to study cancer pathology in real-time and develop precision cancer therapy using individual patient cancer biosystem pioneered by his group.

Dr. Liu’s research work has been continuously funded by NIH and other funding agencies. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has 5 patents and pending applications. He co-founded a startup company based on novel siRNA delivery technology developed by his research group. As a well-recognized GI/liver pathologist he provides large numbers of expert consultations for many physicians/ patients throughout the state of Florida and across the US.

As an educator, he has mentored many trainees who are holding academic positions in institutions around the world. He teaches medical students and clinical fellows. He contributed chapters on digestive system and liver pathology in the widely used pathology textbook: Robbin and Cotran’s Pathological Basis of Disease. As the associate chair, he assists his Chair for the overall operation of a large pathology department including a very successful pathology outreach program in his current institution.

Dr. Liu has given lectures at many regional, state, national and international conferences and Universities. Dr. Liu is also an associate editor for Laboratory Investigation, a nature publishing group journal. He is active in a number of committees of national or international organizations. Dr. Liu has been an active member of NIH study groups since 2003 and is currently a regular member of NIH Clinical Oncology Study Section. Dr. Liu received several prestigious awards including UF Research Foundation Professorship, Innovator Award, Howard Hughes Undergraduate Mentor Awards, NIH Midcareer Mentor Award, and American Liver Foundation Liver Research Scholar award.

Dr. Liu is married to Dr. Huijia Dong, and has a daughter in medicine residency in Boston and a son in college in Providence. We wish to thank Dr. Seena Aisner for serving as Interim Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at NJMS and Dr. Lauri Goodell for serving as Interim Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at RWJMS.

We also wish to thank Dr. Soly Baredes, Chair of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, for chairing the NJMS search committee, and Dr. Arnold Rabson, director of the Child Health Institute of New Jersey and Dr. Cheryl Dreyfus, chair of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, who co-chaired the search committee for RWJMS, along with their respective search committee members.

We are delighted that Dr. Liu has accepted these positions, and look forward to working with him to further develop the departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at NJMS and RWJMS. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Liu on this appointment.

Robert L. Johnson, MD, FAAP
The Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Endowed Dean
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Sherine Gabriel, MD, MSc, FACP
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School CEO
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group