Drexel University has appointed prominent pediatric lung specialist Daniel V. Schidlow as dean of its college of medicine.
Schidlow, 64, had been serving as interim dean for eight months while a university committee conducted a national search - ultimately deciding that the right candidate was already on the job.
A native of Chile who speaks seven languages, Schidlow is a widely published researcher on cystic fibrosis and other lung ailments. He spent 35 years at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, where he rose to assume the title of physician in chief before becoming Drexel's interim dean in November. He had been teaching at the medical school since 1994, soon after the merger of its two predecessors, Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University.