January 12, 2011
Alon Kahana, M.D., Ph.D., earns career development professorship
ANN ARBOR, MI - Alon Kahana, M.D., Ph.D., member of the Eye Plastic, Orbital and Facial Cosmetic Surgery Service at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, has been named the Helmut F. Stern Career Development Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.
Dr. Kahana investigates the biology and development of the extraocular muscles surrounding the eye as well as neural crest-derived stem cells in the orbit. His work could help improve care in orbital cancer, craniofacial syndromes, congenital eye disorders, and thyroid-related eye disease.
"I am deeply honored," said Dr. Kahana, who was named the first Stern Professor and will hold that professorship for five years. "A career development professorship supports a junior faculty member at the beginning of his or her career, when resources are desperately needed and hard to come by. It's a tribute to Mr. Stern that he had the foresight to make these investments."
Dr. Kahana earned his Ph.D., in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, in 1998 and his M.D. in 2001, both from the University of Chicago. He then went on to complete his residency (2005) and two fellowships – in Facial Cosmetic Surgery (2007) and Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (2007) – from the University of Wisconsin. He joined the faculty at Kellogg in 2007.
The Stern Professorship was established by Mr. Stern, an Ann Arbor businessman and philanthropist. Mr. Stern grew up in Germany and settled in Ann Arbor in 1942, where he served as president of Industrial Tectonics and later as president of Arcanum Corporation. He generously supports numerous schools and projects at U-M and he believes in bolstering the university's excellence as a whole. He is a longtime supporter of the mission of the Kellogg Eye Center and served as Chairman of the Community Advisory Board for the recent Kellogg expansion campaign.