Jeffrey S. Flier, MD
Jeffrey S. Flier, MD, became the 21st Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University in 2007. An endocrinologist and an authority on the molecular causes of obesity and diabetes, Dean Flier is also the Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Previously he had served as HMS faculty dean for academic programs.
Dean Flier received a BS from City College of New York in 1968, and an MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1972, graduating with the Elster Award for Highest Academic Standing. Following residency training in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, he moved to the National Institutes of Health as a clinical associate. In 1978, he joined HMS, serving as chief of the Diabetes Unit at Beth Israel Hospital until 1990, when he was named chief of the hospital's Endocrine Division.
In 2002, Dean Flier was named chief academic officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard teaching affiliate. He also served as the formal liaison to HMS, sitting on the Council of Academic Deans.
Dean Flier has authored over 200 scholarly papers and reviews and has held many editorial positions. An elected member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, his honors also include the Eli Lilly Award of the American Diabetes Association, the Solomon A. Berson Distinguished Lectureship Award of the American Physiological Society, and honorary doctorates from the University of Athens and the University of Edinburgh. In 2005, he received the Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement from the American Diabetes Association, its highest scientific honor.