Edward Abraham, MD
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
“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.”