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Welch Center Director, Dr. Neil Powe, Named First 
Recipient of the Fries Professorship in Medicine

Dr. Neil Powe has been appointed to the newly established James F. Fries Professorship in Medicine. At a ceremony on December 8, 2008, donors James F. Fries, MD, and his wife, Sarah Tilton Fries, MPH, presented the University with the endowed professorship in medicine. President of the University, William R. Brody, MD, accepted the generous donation on behalf of the University. Myron L. Weisfeldt, MD, of the School of Medicine presented the chair to Dr. Powe.

Both Dr. and Mrs. Fries are committed to improving health outcomes and their assessment, an area to which Dr. Powe has made major contributions in research and teaching.  Dr. Fries is Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. His Compression of Morbidity hypothesis has served as the thinking behind many healthy aging and preventive medical initiatives. He is the author of 11 books and over 300 scientific articles. Through their foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Fries award two annual prizes, one to a contributor to human health, and the other to an exceptional health educator.

Dr. Powe is University Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has directed the Welch Center for the past ten years.

 Dr. Neil Powe   
Dr. and Mrs. Fries
Dr.& Mrs. Fries 

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