David Skorton To Lead Smithsonian

David J. Skorton

David J. Skorton

March 10, 2014

The Smithsonian Board of Regents has elected David J. Skorton the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian. Skorton is an accomplished research scientist and an ardent and nationally recognized supporter of the arts and humanities. Since 2006, he has been the president of Cornell University. A board-certified cardiologist, he is a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the College of Engineering. Under his leadership, Cornell has launched Cornell NYC Tech, under development on Roosevelt Island in New York City, and he has raised more than $5 billion during his presidency. Skorton was president of the University of Iowa from 2003 to 2006 and a member of its faculty for 26 years. At Iowa, he completed the first billion-dollar fundraising campaign in the state. Since 1980, he has been part of a cohort of physicians around the world who specialize in caring for adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease. At the University of Iowa, he co-founded the university’s Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic. He also helped found the Society for Adult Congenital Cardiac Disease, now the International Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease. Skorton was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a jazz musician who plays the flute and the saxophone. Skorton earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his M.D. from Northwestern University. He completed his medical residency and fellowship in cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1979. David is married to Robin L. Davisson, The Andrew Dickson White Professor of Molecular Physiology at Cornell University.

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