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Harvard's Benjamin Sachs to head Tulane's med school

NEW ORLEANS --A Harvard Medical School professor will become head of Tulane University School of Medicine on Nov. 1, Tulane announced Wednesday.

In addition to teaching at Harvard, Benjamin P. Sachs is chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

His success in creating research teams is one reason he was chosen, Tulane President Scott Cowen said.

Sachs created the team that discovered a possible cause of pre-eclampsia -- dangerously high blood pressure that kills hundreds of pregnant women each year -- and could lead to a simple urine test to predict which women are likely to develop it.

Sachs said he was attracted to New Orleans by Tulane's reputation and the chance to make a difference in the post-Katrina city.

"Tulane has a long history as a leader in medical education, research and patient care and it will be a real privilege to help lead the recovery," Sachs said.

His titles at Tulane, where he also will hold an endowed chair in medicine, will be dean of the medical school and university senior vice president in charge of all medically related activities, including partnerships with other hospitals and universities.

A native of London, Sachs earned his medical degree from the Imperial College there. He has a doctorate in public health from the University of Toronto and was a visiting scientist at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

Sachs is currently the Harold H. Rosenfield Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and a professor in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.