Edward Abraham, MD

Edward Abraham, MD, Dean, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Edward Abraham, MD, is the dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM). Abraham oversees the academic enterprise.

The clinical department chairs, basic science department chairs, senior associate deans and center directors report directly to Abraham. The dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences dually reports to Abraham and the provost of Wake Forest University (WFU).

Abraham is an internationally distinguished pulmonary medicine and critical care physician and an accomplished scientist with continuous National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for more than 25 years.

He holds 4 patents and has been principal or co-investigator on more than $35 million in NIH grants or contracts and $58 million in other research funding.

Abraham joined WFSM from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he was chair of the Department of Medicine.

During his 5½ years at UAB, the Department of Medicine increased research funding by 25 percent, developed a physician-scientist track in the residency program, initiated a mentoring program for junior faculty, enhanced diversity among faculty and trainees, and fostered a culture of collaboration and teamwork among faculty and staff.

Abraham received undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford University and trained in internal and critical care medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His initial faculty appointment was at UCLA where he held a number of leadership roles in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Abraham was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Immunobiology at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Before moving to UAB, he spent 13 years at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where he was head of the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine and vice chair of the Department of Medicine.

He has published more than 350 original research articles, reviews, editorials and book chapters. Abraham’s research has focused on inflammation, neutrophil biology, acute lung injury and sepsis.

Abraham is married to Norma-May Isakow, special projects advisor at Wake Forest University, Office of the Provost. They have 2 daughters, Claire and Erin.

“It is very clear to me that [Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center] is a very special place, a terrific institution at a watershed moment in its history,” Dr. Abraham has told the WFSM faculty.

“We have the potential to become a transformational leader in defining the future of medicine. We have all the tools—the exceptional faculty, the amazing staff, great leadership, a newly integrated health care system, and an entrepreneurial tradition that is truly unique.”

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