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Alexander Sasha Krupnick, MD joined

the University of Maryland School of

Medicine in 2020, and has since been

appointed Professor of Surgery and Vice

Chief, Thoracic Surgery, Division of

Thoracic Surgery, and Director, Lung

Transplant Program in the Department of

Surgery. Prior to joining the University of

Maryland, he was Professor of Surgery at

the University of Virginia. Dr. Krupnick

completed his medical degree at the

University of Michigan, his residency at

the Hospital of the University of

Pennsylvania, and his fellowship at

Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Krupnick’s academic and clinical focus is on the treatment of end-stage lung

failure and oncologic disease. His laboratory has made seminal contributions

towards understanding lung transplant immunology, including the development

of the world’s first model of vascularized orthotopic lung transplantation in mice.

In addition to work on transplantation, he has focused extensive efforts on

understanding and reversing immunological dysfunction associated with cancer.

Through this research, contributions have been made in describing the role of

natural killer cells in controlling lung cancer development and progression, as

well as advancing the understanding of immunological factors that limit natural

killer cell function in malignancies. Based on this understanding, a rationally

designed retargeted cytokine has been developed to activate natural killer cells

and CD8+ cytotoxic lymphocytes. These efforts are now being advanced toward

human applications with an IND application in progress, GMP drug production

initiated, and clinical trials planned for summer of 2022. Dr. Krupnick’s work

over the last several years has also focused on chronic lung allograft dysfunction

and methods of its development and control.

Dr. Krupnick is a member of several professional societies, including the

American Association of Immunologists, the American Association for Cancer

Research, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American

Association for Thoracic Surgery, International Society for Heart and Lung

Transplantation, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He is also a

reviewer for numerous journals, such as The Journal of Immunology, American

Journal of Transplantation, and Translational Research.


Mary Pooton

Associate Dean for Development

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Christine L. Lau, MD, MBA

Dr. Robert W. Buxton Chair of Surgery

University of Maryland School of Medicine


E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA

Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, UM Baltimore

John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and

Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine


Larry Kaiser, MD, FACS

Professor, Thoracic Medicine and Surgery

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Temple University

Ankit Bharat, MBBS

Harold L. and Margaret N. Method Research Professor of Surgery

Chief, Thoracic Surgery

Director, Lung Transplantation

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Eric Lazear, PhD

Senior Principal Scientist

Director, Protein Therapeutics

Valo Health


E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA


Alexander Sasha Krupnick, MD

The Peter Angelos Distinguished Professor of Surgery


Christine L. Lau, MD, MBA


The first endowed professorships were established more than 500 years ago with

the creation of the Lady Margaret chairs in divinity at Oxford and Cambridge

Universities. The original endowed chairs were sponsored by Lady Margaret,

countess of Richmond, and grandmother of Henry VIII in 1502. Subsequently,

private individuals began making financial contributions to establish other

endowed professorships and chairs such as the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics,

which Sir Isaac Newton held beginning in 1669. Professor Stephen Hawking, the

internationally renowned physicist and recipient of the 2010 US Medal of

Freedom, was another prominent holder of this endowed chair.

The honor associated with appointment to an endowed position has remained

unchanged for the last 500 years and is recognized as one of the highest tributes

that an academic institution can bestow upon its most distinguished faculty.

These endowed professorships and chairs continue to reward exceptional scholars

uninterrupted to the present time.

The Office of Development is charged with securing private gifts to ensure the

School’s tradition of excellence is sustained through robust research, clinical, and

educational programs and initiatives. The University of Maryland School of

Medicine is fortunate to have nearly 85 endowed chairs & professorships in

various stages of completion and held by esteemed faculty members.


Peter G. Angelos is a 1961 graduate of the

University of Baltimore School of Law and the

President and Managing Principal of the Law

Offices of Peter G. Angelos, PC. He has also

served as Chairman of the Board and Chief

Executive Officer of the Baltimore Orioles

since 1993. As an attorney for more than 50

years, he has devoted his professional life to

representing those who have suffered from

exposure to harmful asbestos fibers, defective

products, medical malpractice, and personal injury. Mr. Angelos is a

passionate advocate and a tireless champion for Baltimore, his hometown.

Mr. Angelos is admitted to practice law in Maryland, Tennessee, and

District of Columbia, before the US Tax Court, Fourth Circuit Court of

Appeals, and the US Supreme Court. Mr. Angelos serves as a member of

the board for numerous colleges, hospitals, and civic organizations and has

been widely honored for his commitment to higher education and civic

causes. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Mount Saint

Mary's College, Loyola College in Maryland and the University of

Baltimore. He is a member of the Business-Higher Education Forum, the

Supreme Court Historical Society, the American Academy of Achievement

and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Society. He is also a recipient of the

AFL-CIO Social Justice Award.

In addition to serving as an Emeritus Board Member of the University of

Maryland School of Medicine Board of Visitors, Mr. Angelos presently

serves as a board member of the following institutions and foundations:

Johns Hopkins University, George Meany Center-National Labor College,

Loyola College in Maryland, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He is

also a member of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Visitors, the

University of Baltimore (UB) School of Law Advisory Board, and the

University of Baltimore (UB) Board of Visitors.

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