MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University School of Medicine graduate Manuel C. Vallejo Jr., M.D., D.M.D., has been appointed the new chair of the WVU Department of Anesthesiology.

“Following a comprehensive national search with many fine leaders from the ranks of academic anesthesia, it was enormously gratifying to see a WVU School of Medicine graduate emerge as the top candidate,” Arthur J. Ross III, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Medicine, said. “A talented clinician, experienced researcher, highly celebrated teacher and really nice guy, Dr. Vallejo brings it all to this very important position.”
Vallejo is currently a professor of anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh with appointments in its schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine and Nursing. He is the director of obstetric anesthesia at Pittsburgh’s Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, where he leads the Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship Program. He also serves as the obstetric anesthesia clinical coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program and medical director of the University of Pittsburgh Dental Anesthesia Program.

“I am honored to be returning to WVU and look forward to advancing the mission of the university in providing excellence in education, research, service and patient care,” Vallejo said.

After earning his dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Vallejo completed his dental residency at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. He briefly served as a clinical instructor in the WVU School of Dentistry.

Vallejo went on to receive his medical degree from the WVU School of Medicine. Following his internship with Rashida Khakoo, M.D., in the WVU Department of Medicine and William Neal, M.D., in the WVU Department of Pediatrics, Vallejo completed residency training in anesthesiology at Pittsburgh’s UPMC Mercy Hospital.

“Dr. Vallejo’s career path demonstrates a strong commitment to education,” Judie Charlton, M.D., WVU Healthcare chief medical officer, said. “He has played a continuous role in the full spectrum of education from medical school applicants to highly specialized fellows. He is a strong advocate of inter-professional education and team building, particularly with nursing. We are fortunate to attract him back home to join our team.”

Vallejo is scheduled to take over as chair Sept. 9.
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