Dr. Pohl Installed as Sosa Chair
Center News - December 2005/January2006

Henry Pohl, M.D., vice dean for academic administration, recently was named the inaugural recipient of the "Julio A. Sosa, M.D., Chair of Medical Education" at the Medical College. The honor was bestowed at an event held at the Fort Orange Club.

As the Sosa Endowed Chair, Dr. Pohl will also serve as director of the Sosa Academy of Medical Sciences- an innovative educational enterprise designed to promote the art of training medical students and new faculty (who will be paired with senior faculty mento by rewarding participating staff with stipends, awards and other resource initiatives. The Academy is named for longtime faculty member and founder of Albany Med's cardiac catheterization lab, Dr. Julio Sosa.

"The Academy was named after Dr. Sosa because of his curiosity and passion of medicine, and his compassion and sensitivity for patients," says Vincent Verdile, M.D., executive vice president for health affairs and Dean of the College, who trained under Sosa as a student in the 1980s. "It is benefiting that Dr. Pohl be installed as the inaugural chair, for he has embodied the same dedication and compassion throughout his many years of service as both a physician and educator."

The chair was created By a $1.5 million lead gift from philanthropist Phillip Morse, the founder of Namic, USA of Glens Falls, who collaborated for many years with Sosa to advance the field of catheterization.

To date, $2.7 million has been donated by friends and alumni in support of Sosa Academy endowment fund. The funds raised will endow a professorship to support faculty who promote the ideals of Sosa, as well as a research fund to allow the College to appoint and support a clinical scientist and academic leader dedicated to research in medical education, and scholarship funds to provide financial support for deserving students.

-Sue Ford

Left to right at the Sosa Chair ceremony: Dr. Vince Verdile, Dr. Henry Pohl, Dr. Julio Sosa, Phillip Morse, and AMC President Jim Barba.