Dr. Seth Landefeld, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Landefeld was recruited to UCSF in 1997 as founding chief of the Division of Geriatrics, and later also served as associate chair for strategic planning and implementation for the Department of Medicine. Under his leadership the division has grown to over 28 faculty and 19 staff on three UCSF campuses. Several faculty have won national awards for excellence in mentoring, education, or research, and the Division has established outstanding programs, including the Hartford-UCSF Center of Excellence, the NorCal Geriatrics Education Center, and the SFVAMC Quality Scholars Program. Most recently, the division founded the Program for the Aging Century, funded by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, to catalyze the transformation of health care for older Americans and their families. Landefeld was a Rhodes Scholar, earned his medical degree from Yale, completed his residency and chief residency at UCSF, and completed a fellowship in general internal medicine from Harvard.