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Associate dean accepts position at Marshall University, interim chair named

Dr. Joseph Shapiro, University of Toledo associate dean for business development and chair of the Department of Medicine, has been named dean of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. He will begin July 1.

“My time in Toledo has been tremendously rewarding, both for its professional rewards and due to the countless friendships I will take with me to West Virginia,” Shapiro said. “Marshall University represents an exciting challenge, and I am looking forward to working with the medical community there to advance health care and increase clinical research.”

Shapiro came to the Medical College of Ohio from the University of Colorado in 1997 and was appointed chair of the Department of Medicine in 1999. With more than a dozen patents on medical inventions, Shapiro added business development to his portfolio in 2006.

Dr. Christopher Cooper will serve as interim chair of the Department of Medicine.

“The University of Toledo’s loss is a tremendous gain for physicians, faculty and medical students at Marshall University,” said Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, UT chancellor, executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Gold announced that Dr. Christopher Cooper, professor and chief of the division of cardiovascular medicine, will serve as interim chair of the Department of Medicine.

“Chris’ history of excellence in patient care and clinical research makes him the ideal candidate to take over following Joe Shapiro’s departure,” Gold said. “I have no doubt the department will continue to advance under Chris’ leadership.”

Added Shapiro, “I think that Chris is an internationally known thought leader in clinical research, and one of the very best faculty members to be found at any medical school. I am certain that the department will thrive under his excellent leadership.”

Since his arrival in 1994, Cooper said he has seen The University of Toledo take tremendous strides forward in care it provides patients, its residency and fellowship programs, and its clinical research.

“Dr. Shapiro led the Department of Medicine through a tremendous period of growth in research and clinical productivity. It is an honor to follow his lead, but I am also greatly saddened by his departure as he has been a wonderful mentor for many of us,” Cooper said.

Cooper earned his doctorate in medicine from the University of Cincinnati and completed residencies and fellowships at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

During his time at the Medical College of Ohio and UT, Cooper has served as chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, director of the Cardiovascular Interventional Fellowship, director of the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship, and director of UTMC’s Heart and Vascular Center.

He recently was elected to the Board of Governors at the American College of Cardiology.

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