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Donald W. Landry, MD, PhD, Receives New Appointments at Columbia

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Donald W. Landry, MD, PhD, was recently named chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Chief of Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Known for his translational work in the fields of kidney disease, addiction, and critical care as a physician and organic chemist, Dr. Landry has served as a member of the department faculty since 1985. In 1998, he became founding director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, and, in 2001, was appointed director of the Division of Nephrology. His research is focused in the areas of artificial enzymes, vasodilatory shock, and drug discovery. Along with his colleagues, Dr. Landry has developed and is investigating catalysts directed against cocaine and nerve gas. He is interested in the mechanistic basis of and treatment for vasodilatory shock and he and his colleagues have made significant discoveries toward their efforts to explore the role of vasopressin in maintaining cardiovascular stability during dialysis and in the treatment of hepatorenal syndrome. He and fellow researchers are investigating small molecule treatments for heart failure, arrhythmia, Alzheimer's disease, and various cancers.

Dr. Landry's accomplishments include pioneering the use of vasopressin to treat septic shock and vasodilatory shock after cardiopulmonary bypass; introducing continuous renal replacement therapy to treat renal failure in patients with shock; and discovery of an artificial enzyme containing anti-cocaine antibodies that destroy cocaine molecules in the blood. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Chemical Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Association of American Physicians, the American Society for Pharmacology, and Experimental Therapeutics and the Practitioners Society of New York. Dr. Landry earned his BS in Chemistry from Lafayette …

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