November 13. 2012 11:00AM - Last modified: November 13. 2012 11:20AM

Lane will be new chief pediatrician at Children’s Hospital

Robert Lane, M.D., M.S., has been named chair of the department of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and pediatrician-in-chief at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Lane will assume both roles on Jan. 28, 2013, pending approval by the MCW board of trustees at its Nov. 16 meeting.
Lane comes to MCW and Children’s Hospital from the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, where he is chief of neonatology; and the August L. Jung, M.D., and Presidential Professor in the division of neonatology, department of pediatrics. He also serves as associate chair for basic research in the University of Utah School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics.
Lane is a prominent researcher in the fields of epigenetics (the study of heritable alterations in gene expression caused by mechanisms other than changes in DNA sequence) and uteroplacental insufficiency (insufficient blood flow to the placenta during pregnancy). He has received several national grants, including awards from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and from the American Diabetes Association.
Joseph Kerschner, M.D., executive vice president and dean of MCW’s Medical School, cited Lane’s experience as a faculty leader, researcher and educator as key factors in his appointment.
“Dr. Lane’s leadership experience and clinical expertise will further strengthen our robust pediatrics department. Additionally, he has served as a mentor for dozens of students and brings strong educational skills to our institution,” Kerschner said.
“We are delighted that Dr. Lane has accepted this key leadership position. He is an experienced clinician, teacher and researcher who is passionate about improving the health of children.  He will play a key role in enhancing our collaborative efforts and providing the best care possible,” said Peggy Troy, president and chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital and Health Systems.