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E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA
Vice President for Medical Affairs
E. Albert Reece is the University vice president for medical affairs and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
He is also a professor in the departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Medicine, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He is a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences, and started a three-year term on its governing council beginning in January 2013.
Originally from Jamaica, West Indies, Reece has a bachelor’s degree from Long Island University (magna cum laude), a medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, a PhD in biochemistry from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, and an MBA from the Fox School of Business & 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. He remained on the full-time faculty at Yale for almost 10 years. In November 1990, at the age of 39, he 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, Reece served as acting president of the University.
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 a National Institutes of Health (NIH) multimillion-dollar research laboratory group studying the biomolecular mechanisms of diabetes-induced birth defects. His laboratory has determined that there are specific cytoarchitectural changes at the epithelial level of the cell associated with these anomalies. He and his colleagues also have developed the technique of embryofetoscopy for early prenatal diagnosis and eventually for curative fetal therapy.
Reece is a sought-after visiting professor and lecturer at numerous institutions both nationally and internationally. He has published extensively in the scientific literature: 12 books including revisions; five monographs; and more than 500 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, including the IOM, the NIH, the Food and Drug Administration, the Secretary of Health & Human Services Committee on Infant Mortality, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, and the Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Advisory Committee.
Dean Reece is married to Sharon Reece, MA, JD, LLM, a visiting associate professor of law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. They have three daughters: Kelie (PhD); Brynne (DDS); and Sharon-Andrea.