Ken Mahaffey Leaves DCRI for Stanford

Shelley Wood

May 16, 2013

STANFORD, CA — Dr Kenneth Mahaffey is quitting his post as professor and faculty associate director at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) to take up the position of vice chair of medicine for clinical research at Stanford.

Dr Kenneth Mahaffey

Mahaffey is joining another longtime Duke clinician and academic, Dr Robert Harrington, who joined Stanford in January 2012 as chair of the department of medicine.

This is a coming-full-circle move for Mahaffey, who completed his BSc at Stanford in 1985 before enrolling at the University of Washington for his MD and completing his residency at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He then completed his cardiology fellowship at Duke, subsequently joining the faculty there and remaining at Duke for 17 years.

"We are thrilled that Ken has agreed to join us at Stanford to lead the clinical-research activities across the department of medicine here," Harrington told heartwire . "Ken has a unique skill set as an accomplished clinician scientist and research administrative leader. His work at the DCRI in leading the cardiovascular and clinical events classification groups provides him with the skills to help us build a world-class academic department here at Stanford. As he is a Stanford graduate, we are also pleased to welcome him and his family 'home.' "

An announcement posted on the Stanford website notes that Mahaffey "led the development of the field of cardiovascular clinical-event detection and adjudication as critical methods in the conduct of randomized clinical trials" across multiple disease categories. He also helped the US FDA to standardize cardiac-event definitions for cardiac events in clinical trials.

Mahaffey's appointment begins August 1, 2013.


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