Thomas J Marrie
Dr. Thomas Marrie became the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, effective July 1, 2004. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta. Dr. Marrie took over the leadership reins at a good time: the Faculty is undergoing a major capital expansion with the construction of two health research buildings, the Alberta Heart Institute (jointly with Capital Health), and the Zeidler Gastrointestinal Health and Research Centre and the Ledcor Learning Centre. Dr. Marrie assumed the leadership role of a Faculty now arguably among the best of its kind in Canada. Last year, for example, the Faculty was able to attract approximately $134 million in sponsored research funding, accounting for over a third of the University total that year. That is expected to grow over the next several years with the addition of new research space and new faculty members. Dr. Marrie is well known across the country as an Infectious Diseases specialist. He came to the university in 1999 as Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine. He has maintained an active research program, focusing on community-acquired pneumonia. In his capacity as Chair, he developed an alternate funding plan that produced a new method of support for faculty allowing for greater academic activity and encouraging innovations in patient care. He recruited a number of top researchers and clinicians over the last several years, ensuring the Department is among the strongest in Canada. Prior to joining the U of A, Dr. Marrie was a Professor of Medicine and Microbiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is currently a councillor for the Canadian Institute of Academic Medicine and has served on other professional boards including the Canadian Infectious Disease Foundation and as a governor of the American College of Physicians.