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Downstate Times

The Newsletter for SUNY Downstate
University Hospital of Brooklyn

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ISSUE 2 star FEBRUARY 2013


Dr. Moro O. Salifu Named Interim Medicine Chair

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Moro O. Salifu, MD, MPH, MBA, has been named interim chairman of the Department of Medicine. Dr. Salifu has served as chief of nephrology and director of the kidney transplant program since 2008, when he succeeded Distinguished Teaching Professor Eli Friedman, who headed the division for 26 years. Recently, Dr. Salifu became the first recipient of the Edwin C. and Anne K. Weiskopf Endowed Chair in Nephrology, founded in honor of Dr. Friedman.

Dr. Salifu received his medical degree from Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey and did his residency, internship, and fellowship training at SUNY Downstate. After his appointment here as assistant professor of medicine in 1981, Dr. Salifu earned a master of public health degree at Downstate and a master of business administration from George Washington University.

Board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology, Dr. Salifu is contactprincipal investigator on a $5.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to advance the work of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, a joint venture of SUNY Downstate, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, and the Brooklyn Borough President's Office. Dr. Salifu also leads a basic science research team investigating the role of the F11 receptor in renal allograft rejection and atherosclerosis. He has served on many professional bodies and is the incoming 2013 president of the New York Society of Nephrology.