E. Albert Reece
Physician, Scientist, Administrator, National Academy of Medicine Member
Dr. Reece. Courtesy of Dr. Reece.
E. Albert Reece is the vice president for medical affairs, University of Maryland; the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor; and dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is also professor in the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medicine, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Originally from Jamaica, West Indies, Dr. Reece completed a bachelor of science degree with honors (magna cum laude) from Long Island University. He then earned an M.D. degree from New York University School of Medicine; a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica; and an M.B.A. degree from the Fox School of Business and Management of Temple University. He completed an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center, and a postdoctoral fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine.
In November 1991, after ten years and several promotions in rank at Yale, Dr. Reece was recruited by Temple University to serve as the Abraham Roth Professor and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Between 2001 and 2006, he served as vice chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and dean of the College of Medicine. In 2006, he was recruited by the University of Maryland to serve in his current capacity. In 2010, Dr. Reece served as acting president of the University of Maryland.
In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he is actively involved in research and education. His research focuses on diabetes in pregnancy and birth defects. He directs an NIH multi-million-dollar research laboratory group studying the bio-molecular mechanisms of diabetes-induced birth defects, where he has made a number of discoveries, thus constituting the dominant understanding in the patho-mechanisms. He is a sought-after visiting professor and lecturer at numerous institutions, both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Reece has published extensively in the scientific literature: twelve books, including revisions; five monographs; and more than five hundred articles, chapters, and abstracts. He recently served as chair of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He serves or has served on many governmental and civic organizations and committees, such as the FDA, the IOM, the NIH, the Secretary of Health and Human Services Committee on Infant Mortality, The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, the Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Advisory Committee, and the Board (chairman) of the Nelly Berman Classical Music Institute. His special recognitions and awards include the Distinguished Leadership Award in 2009 and the 2010 Berson Medical Alumni Achievement Award in Health Sciences from his alma mater, New York University School of Medicine, and the 2010 Distinguished Service Award from Loma Linda University.
Dr. Reece is married to Sharon Reece, a visiting associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. The Reeces have three adult daughters: Kelie (Ph.D.), Brynne (D.D.S.), and Sharon-Andrea.
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Profile of Dr. Reece from University of Maryland School of Medicine