Dr. W. Conrad Liles will become the new associate chair for research in the UW Department of Medicine beginning January 1, 2012, department chair Dr. William Bremner has announced. Liles is currently a professor and vice chair for research at the University of Toronto Department of Medicine.
Liles is a member of the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, the McLaughlin Centre for Molecular Medicine, and the Toronto General Research Institute. He maintains an active translational research program in sepsis, host defense, inflammation, innate immunity, immunodeficiency disorders, and immunomodulatory therapy.
He will succeed Dr. Henry Rosen, who has served in the a position since 1999. Rosen will continue as a professor of medicine in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
The son of a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon, Liles was born in Alabama. He received a B.A. degree with highest honors from Williams College in Massachusetts in 1980. He then entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at UW, from which he graduated with high honors in 1987 with an M.D. degree and a Ph.D. in pharmacology.
Following residency in internal medicine at Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital, he returned to lJW in 1991 as chief medical resident and in 1992 became a fellow in infectious diseases. In 1996, he joined the UW faculty as assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In 1998. he was named the second Philip and Helen Fialkow Scholar and in 2006 rose to the rank of professor of medicine and adjunct professor of pathology.
At the UW, Dr. Liles served as director of the Medical Student Research Training Program, co-director of the Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Clinic at UW Medical Center, and vice-chairman of the UWMC Infection Control Committee, and held numerous other leadership roles. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In March, 2006, Dr. Liles moved to the University of Toronto to assume the positions that he currently holds.
“Dr. Liles has a sterling record as a physician-scientist, clinician, and administrator,” Bremner noted in a message to his department. “We are very pleased that he has accepted our offer to return to Seattle in this new role. Dr. Rosen has done an excellent job for the department over the past 12 years during a period of great growth in our research enterprise. We thank him for that and look forward to his continuing contributions as a professor of medicine. ”