Harry Jacobson, M.D., vice chancellor for health affairs at Vanderbilt University and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, joined the board of directors of Merck & Co., Whitehouse Station, N.J., on Dec. 18, 2007. Jacobson, 60, who is filling a seat created by an expansion from 12 to 13 board members, will stand for election by the companys stockholders in April 2008. He will be one of 12 outside directors. Jacobson ranked ninth on Modern Physicians 2007 list of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare. (To view the 2007 list, click here. To vote in this years 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare competition, click here.) After two years of active duty in the U.S. Army, Jacobson joined the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1978. He moved to the Vanderbilt Medical School faculty in 1985 as professor of medicine and director of the division of nephrology. In 1997, he became vice chancellor for health affairs and, as part of his role, he serves as CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois.
Jacobson, Harry, M.D.
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