After a department-wide call and interview process, I am pleased to share that Vibha Lama, MD, MS, Professor of Internal Medicine within the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, has accepted the position of Vice Chair for Basic and Translational Research for the Department of Internal Medicine, effective July 1, 2020, replacing Benjamin Margolis, MD. In this role, Dr. Lama will work closely with the Chair and oversee and grow the department’s research portfolio, evaluate faculty research progress, oversee the space committee and our departmental space footprint, and provide guidance on grant related issues.
Dr. Lama is the Associate Chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division and holds the endowed Henry Sewall Research Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. She earned her medical degree from Dayanand Medical College and completed residencies at Dayanand Medical College in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Wayne State University in Internal Medicine. Dr. Lama completed her pulmonary and critical care fellowship here at Michigan Medicine and subsequently joined the faculty in 2002.
Dr. Lama’s research focuses on fibrosis pathways in the lung that is common to several pulmonary conditions. She is an expert on the mesenchymal cell and its fibrogenic transformation regarding lung transplants. Dr. Lama holds NIH and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation grants, as well as performs clinical trials related to anti-fibrotic compounds. Dr. Lama has published 75 peer-reviewed articles in her field. These include first and senior-authored papers in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, JCI Insight, JCI, American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, American Journal of Pathology, Stem Cells, Journal of Immunology, among others. She is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
I am thankful for the expert guidance and steadfastness of Dr. Ben Margolis, Vice Chair for Basic and Translational Research for the past 14 years, who will step down from his role on June 30, 2020. He has helped all division chiefs and myself recruit stars to our department, and grow and diversify our research portfolio.
I look forward to working closely with Dr. Lama to continue to grow, transform, and diversify our departmentally-executed research, and to help identify, recruit, and grow talent from within our department for an exciting future.
John M. Carethers, MD, MACP
C. Richard Boland Distinguished University Professor
John G. Searle Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Professor, Human Genetics