Yale Medicine’s leadership team.
Robert J. Alpern, MD
Dean, Yale School of Medicine
Robert J. Alpern, MD, was appointed dean of Yale School of Medicine in June 2004, continuing a career that has combined his interests in research, clinical practice and teaching. As dean, he has provided oversight for Yale Medicine during a period of expansion, while steering one of the world’s leading institutions for biomedical research and advanced medical care. Dr. Alpern attended college at Northwestern University, where he majored in chemistry. A board-certified nephrologist, he received his MD degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and then received residency training in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. Following this, he was a postdoctoral fellow in nephrology in the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Before coming to Yale, Dr. Alpern held faculty positions at UCSF and at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he served first as chief of nephrology and then as dean from 1998 to 2004.