MU School of Medicine Dean Inducted into Prestigious Medical Society

Patrice “Patrick” Delafontaine, MD, Hugh E. and Sarah D. Stephenson Dean of the MU School of Medicine, has been inducted into the American Clinical and Climatological Association (ACCA). Active membership in this society is limited to 250 physicians. Delafontaine is the only ACCA member at MU and one of only eight members from Missouri.

“I am delighted to join this society of outstanding physicians and scientists,” Delafontaine said. “I welcome the opportunity to use my knowledge and research to advance the scientific understanding and compassionate care of human disease.”

Founded in 1884 over concerns about tuberculosis and the effect of climate on its treatment, the ACCA has since expanded its interests to cover all aspects of internal medicine, with an emphasis on the clinical study of disease. Members are selected on the basis of their leadership, excellence in their chosen field, demonstration of a high-level of integrity and professionalism, and their yearning to nurture a spirit of warmth, diversity and friendship.

Prior to coming to MU, Delafontaine served as chief of cardiology and director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Tulane University in New Orleans. His research on cardiovascular health has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for approximately 20 years. In 2012, Delafontaine, along with researchers at Louisiana State University and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, received a five-year, $20 million grant from the NIH for the study of biomedical research, including cardiovascular disease. In addition to his research, Delafontaine has served as associate director of Clinical Services, Cardiology Division, at Emory University Hospital, and chief of cardiology at the University Cantonal Hospital in Geneva, Switzerland