WVU’s Piedimonte awarded visiting professorship

Featured as a pediatric asthma, allergy and immunology expert in journal

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Giovanni Piedimonte, M.D., chair of the West Virginia University Department of Pediatrics and Wyeth Research Scholar, has been awarded a 2008 Pfizer Visiting Professorship in Pulmonology.

Pfizer awards $7,500 to up to 10 visiting professorships in various medical specialties, including preventive cardiovascular medicine, diabetes, oncology, pulmonology and rheumatology.

The visiting professorships are a three-day exchange with students, faculty, physicians, nurses, research fellows, community members and others at medical schools, teaching hospitals and other organizations promoting health literacy across the country.

Dr. Piedimonte was one of seven professors selected in the field of pulmonology. He will complete his visiting professorship at the University of South Florida in Tampa in January.

Of participating in these types of academic exchanges, Piedimonte said, “I think it is very important that the faculty of WVU reaches out. With this professorship, I have the opportunity to give a lecture at another institution and increase WVU’s visibility, which is incredibly important in terms of recruiting and retaining good people.”

In addition to the visiting professorship, Piedimonte was also recognized in the August 2008 issue of Pediatric Asthma, Allergy & Immunology, a quarterly publication that contains articles on best-care practices for infants, children and teen-agers diagnosed with asthma, allergies and other immunological diseases.

Piedimonte was featured in the article, “In My Opinion – Interview with the Expert.” He discussed his research on viral infections and their effects on the development of pulmonary diseases, the importance of the early recognition of asthma in children, new treatment options and emerging trends in the training of future pediatric pulmonologists.

For more information on the Department of Pediatrics see www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/pediatrics.

For more information on Pfizer Visiting Professorships see www.promisingminds.com.


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 10-09-08

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