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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh names new top doctor

| Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, 2:08 p.m.
Dr. Terence S. Dermody will take over June 1, 2016 as physician-in-chief and scientific director at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville.

Dr. Terence S. Dermody on Monday was named top doctor at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and chairman of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Children's Hospital announced that Dermody will officially take over as its physician-in-chief and scientific director on June 1, replacing Dr. David Perlmutter, who departed last year for Washington University in St. Louis.

Dermody will arrive from Vanderbilt University, where he is director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is a professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology at Vanderbilt.

“I am honored to be able to join the team in Pittsburgh and be a part of this world-class pediatric facility dedicated to improving the lives of children,” Dermody wrote in a statement. “I am eager to begin and have the opportunity to work with the talented physicians and scientists at Children's Hospital. I feel honored and humbled to have this opportunity.”

Dermody is a virologist focusing on viral pathogenesis and vaccine development. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 articles about his research, supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Lamb Foundation.

“Terry Dermody is a world renowned researcher, compassionate physician, visionary leader and just an all-around first-class person,” said Christopher Gessner, president of Children's Hospital. “We are thrilled that he will be joining our team as we continue to grow our clinical and research programs and make Children's the place to be for pediatric physicians and physician scientists to launch and build their careers.”

Dermody received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1978, and medical degree from Columbia University in 1982. He completed an internal medicine residency at Presbyterian Hospital in New York in 1985.

Ben Schmitt is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7991 or bschmitt@tribweb.com.

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