COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dr. Clay Marsh (43221), an internationally respected Ohio State University scientist and educator, has been named to lead OSU Medical Center’s pioneering research program, one of the largest in the nation. In addition, he will direct the Medical Center’s innovative program for personalized health care.
The OSU Board of Trustees approved Friday (6/5) Marsh’s appointments as senior associate vice president for research in the Office of Health Sciences, vice dean for research in the College of Medicine and executive director of the OSU Center for Personalized Health Care.
Marsh has been on the medical staff at Ohio State since 1985 and most recently, as its director, helped elevate the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine to a position of national prominence. He also serves as director of the Center for Critical Care and Respiratory Medicine.
In his new roles he will lead planning and expansion of OSU Medical Center’s myriad research endeavors, which from 2000-2008 increased in funding by more than $120 million to $199.4 million.
Marsh also will be responsible for recruitment of key researchers and lead the introduction of advanced technology initiatives to the Medical Center.
Marsh will actively advance the Medical Center’s growing reputation as an international leader in personalized health care, a field that utilizes genetic-based information to develop tailored medical treatments.
The treatments can be adapted for individuals and focus on transforming medicine from a reactive, population and disease-based approach, to the practice of proactive, personalized and wellness-based medicine.
In making the appointments, Dr. Steven Gabbe, senior vice president for Health Sciences and CEO of OSU Medical Center, said Marsh is an exceptional person in all respects.
“Clay is one of Ohio State’s best examples of a top performer,” said Gabbe. “He excels as a scientist, clinician, teacher and administrator, and he has the ability to lead people and programs to their highest levels.
“With Clay’s leadership the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine has become the benchmark for similar programs around the country,” added Gabbe. In recent years, the program has been ranked consistently among America’s best by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
Marsh has won numerous teaching awards and has been recognized nationally for his research and devotion to teaching and mentorship of medical students, residents and fellows.
He has published more than 230 journal articles, abstracts and book chapters, and holds one patent with five more pending. He is associate editor of the Journal of Investigative Medicine and the American Journal of Physiology.
He also has served as chairman of the board of the Stanley Sarnoff Research Foundation and as a national leader in pulmonary medicine on the Battelle Bioinitiative in Pulmonary Medicine.