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Prominent researcher appointed Department chair

Published: August 11, 2014
Mark Crowther
Mark Crowther has been appointed chair of the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Mark Crowther, a highly sought after keynote speaker, prominent researcher and established administrator has been appointed the new chair of McMaster's Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, effective Oct. 1, 2014.

"Dr. Crowther is a widely respected researcher and administrator who will no doubt lead the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine to great heights," said John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences. "I am pleased to make this announcement and welcome Dr. Crowther to this role."

Crowther joined McMaster in 1999 and is currently a professor in the Departments of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and Medicine. He is currently Vice-President of Research at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and chief of the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program.

His research interests include exploring methods of improving the way that we currently use anticoagulant drugs. Foci include exploring the use of vitamin K to treat warfarin-associated coagulopathy, the use of low molecular weight heparin in patients with renal failure, and studies and systematic reviews of various interventions and observations in hematology and thromboembolism.

His clinical activities focus on the care of patients with thromboembolic disorders, the management of complications of treatments for thromboembolic disorders and other hematologic conditions. Dr. Crowther's research endeavors include a wide variety of projects examining the optimal methods to prevent and treat both arterial and venous thrombosis

He has presented more than 400 invited talks, has published in more than 360 peer-reviewed publications, has spoken nationally and internationally and is the author of more than 60 textbook chapters and other invited reviews. He is the senior editor of Evidence Based Hematology and holds a Career Investigator Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

"McMaster's Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine is a leader in research, education and clinical service and I look forward to leading all members of the Department who are involved in a wide variety of clinical, educational and research functions," says Crowther. "I foresee a bright future ahead for the Department during an exciting time in medical research and education."

Crowther succeeds Fiona Smaill, who held the position of Chair for two terms. In that time has earned the respect and admiration of the faculty and the University as a whole.

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