Gomez promoted to vice president
By Fariss Samarrai
R. Ariel Gomez, the Robert J. Roberts Professor of Pediatrics
at the University, has been named vice
president for research and graduate studies, University officials
announced June 16.
who had filled the job on a interim basis since August 2001, joined
the U.Va. faculty in 1984. He has served as a special adviser
on research to Vice
President and Provost Gene D. Block. He also was a member
of the Universitys Virginia 2020 Science and Technology
active researcher, Gomez also is director of the U.Va. Center
for Organogenesis and the NIH-supported Center of Excellence in
Pediatric Nephrology. His research focuses on kidney development.
John T. Casteen III said of the appointment, The University
is fortunate to have a scientist of Dr. Gomezs stature lead
the Universitys research mission. He will be the driving
force behind the pursuit of new knowledge that will benefit the
Commonwealth and the nation.
were impressed with Ariels vision for moving the University
forward in science and technology, Block said. It
is very important and valuable to have the insight and leadership
of a successful and respected active researcher in this office.
said his goal is to take advantage of the Universitys strengths,
to bring the University into the higher echelons of the
top research universities.
said the University will succeed because of the high quality of
its work and significant support from the Board of Visitors, the
administration and faculty, and students and alumni.
entire University is behind the idea that we should be outstanding
in the sciences as well as the humanities, he said.
said the biggest issues he is facing, particularly during a period
of tight budget constraints, are to retain top faculty, to attract
outstanding new faculty, and to improve and increase the infrastructure
and space for research. He also plans to advance graduate student
programs, the core of the research mission, while
improving diversity and inclusiveness.
will continue to pursue his own research as he leads the office.
He is known for working long hours in his office and lab.
author of numerous scientific articles, Gomez was an editorial
board member of the journals Hypertension, American Journal of
Physiology, and Pediatric Nephrology, and has been a reviewer
for 18 other journals. He has served on numerous grant review
committees, including the cardiovascular and renal NIH study section,
and was a member of the two NIH task forces that identified the
research needs of children and adults with renal diseases.
received his M.D. degree from the University of Buenos Aires and
completed his postdoctoral training at the universities of Iowa
and California, San Francisco.