MAY 15, 2006 | It’s a long way from Greece to Arkansas, but for Stavros C. Manolagas, M.D., Ph.D., it was definitely worth the trip.
Manolagas became the inaugural recipient of the Thomas E. Andreoli, M.D., M.A.C.P., Clinical Scholar Chair in Internal Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) May 2.
“You have made this Greek immigrant’s trip very, very worthwhile,” Manolagas told the crowd of more than 100 friends, colleagues and family members gathered to honor him. “The people I have been associated with since I arrived have become my ‘relatives by choice.’”
The Andreoli chair was established in 2005 with gifts from numerous friends and colleagues of Thomas E. Andreoli, M.D., distinguished professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Physiology and Biophysics in the UAMS College of Medicine.
Manolagas called Andreoli his “hero” and expressed admiration of his colleague’s work and dedication to medicine. “Having my name associated with yours is an honor I will cherish,” he said.
Among those participating in the ceremony were UAMS Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D.; College of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.; and Department of Internal Medicine Chairman James D. Marsh, M.D.
John T. Potts Jr., M.D., a friend of both Manolagas and Andreoli, traveled from Massachusetts to participate in the ceremony. Potts is director of research and physician-in-chief emeritus of Massachusetts General Hospital and the Jackson Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Harvard School of Medicine.
An endowed chair is the highest academic honor that can be bestowed by a university on its faculty. The first named chair was established in England in 1502, when Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, established the Lady Margaret Professorship of Divinity at Oxford and Cambridge. An endowed chair at UAMS is supported with designated gifts of $1 million or more. A donor may name a chair in memory of a loved one or to honor a person’s accomplishments.
“I can’t help but be touched that my efforts have been recognized by this endowed chair,” Andreoli said, calling Manolagas a consummate scholar and nurturer to his students. Andreoli recruited Manolagas to UAMS in 1993 to lead the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and the Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Diseases.
Under Manolagas’ leadership, the division has grown from a faculty of five to 31 and from a budget of less than $50,000 to more than $5.8 million; the Osteoporosis Center has become one of the largest research units of its kind in the United States with about 40 scientists and almost $50 million in extramural funding.
Manolagas also is vice chairman for research in the UAMS Department of Internal Medicine and chief of the Endocrinology Section at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.
In 1969, he received his medical degree from the University of Athens. His research fellowship at the University of Manchester, Manchester Royal Infirmary in England culminated with a doctorate in biochemistry/endocrinology in 1979.
That year, Manolagas joined the faculty of the University of California at San Diego where he stayed for nine years. He then spent six years at Indiana University before coming to UAMS.
Andreoli received his medical degree from Georgetown University in 1960 and spent a decade at Duke University School of Medicine. In 1970, he was appointed professor of medicine and director of nephrology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. In 1978, Andreoli was appointed chairman of internal medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.
In 1988, Andreoli was named the Nolan Chair in Internal Medicine at UAMS, a position that he stepped down from in 2004. Andreoli has received 35 teaching awards and serves as editor-in-chief of Cecil Essentials of Medicine.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) in 2001 and holds the 2002-2003 George L. Ackerman Outstanding Faculty Award at UAMS. The Thomas E. Andreoli, M.D., Visiting Professor in Internal Medicine was endowed in the UAMS College of Medicine in 2003. There also is an endowed Andreoli Chair and an Andreoli Visiting Professor in Internal Medicine at UAB.