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James Dalen

James E Dalen MD, MPH, ScD (hon)

Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, The University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ

A graduate of Washington State University, Dr. Dalen received his MD from the University of Washington. and graduate degrees in Psychology from Michigan and Public Health from Harvard.

After his residency in Internal Medicine and a three year fellowship in Cardiology at Harvard’s Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, he was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School from 1967-1975, where he was Associate Professor of Medicine. From 1975 to 1988, he was at the University of Massachusetts where he served as Chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine (1975-1977) and then Chairman of Medicine (1977-88).  From 1986 to 1987 he was the Interim Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Worcester.                        

He  has been a  University of Arizona faculty member since 1988.  He was Dean of the College of Medicine from 1988 to 2001, and Vice President for Health Sciences from 1995 to 2001. During his tenure the College of Public Health, the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and the Arizona Telemedicine Program were established.  New research facilities including the Children’s Research Center, the Sarver Heart Center, the Arizona Arthritis Center and a major expansion of the Arizona Cancer Center were established.

From 1988 until 2004 he was Editor of the Archives of Internal Medicine and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Association.             

He is the author or co-author of more than 350 publications and eleven books and monographs. He has served as President of the American College of Chest Physicians and President of the New England Cardiovascular Society.  In 1988 he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Washington.  He was awarded the Harvard School of Public Health’s highest honor for its alumni: the Alumni Award of merit in 2010. In 2013 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University of Massachusetts.