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Loyola Names Hecht New Chairman of Department of Medicine
David W. Hecht, MD has been appointed as chairman of the Department of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Hecht, who has served as interim director of the department since May 2008, is a renowned infectious disease clinician and researcher and has more than 2decades of experience in academic medicine. In his role as chairman, Dr. Hecht will oversee the school's largest department, which is comprised of 11 specialties, and more than encompasses 7 research institutes, and more than 200 full-time and part-time faculty members, 69 fellows, and more than 100 medical residents. He also serves as co-director of the Infectious Disease & Immunology Institute and professor and director of infectious disease at Stritch School of Medicine and Edward J. Hines, Jr. Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital.
Dr. Hecht has been a member of the faculty at Stritch School of Medicine and Hines VA since 1988 and is also an alumnus of the Stritch School of Medicine, having earned his MD there in 1982. Subsequently, he completed residency in internal medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and a fellowship in infectious disease and geographic medicine at Tufts University in Boston, MA. He also completed a master's degree in microbiology at the University of Missouri, Columbia (1979). His research is focused on antibiotic resistance in bacteria, HIV and general infectious diseases; and the goal of his laboratory has been "to determine the mechanisms of transfer of plasmids pBFTM10 and pLV22a and the mobilizable transposon Tn5520 as models for understanding DNA transfer in Bacteroides fragilis." Dr. Hecht is a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America, member of the American College of Physicians, and past president of the Anaerobe Society of the Americas. He is …