The Carl Vernon Weller Professorship in Pathology
|Jay Hess (right) with wife, Robin, and children, Andrew and Leah
Photo: Mark Deming
Jay Hess, M.D., became the Carl Vernon Weller Professor of
Pathology May 25 at the Towsley Center. Hess, who became the fifth chair of
the Department of Pathology 75 years after Weller was chair, is an expert on
the genetic and molecular changes that lead to cancer, and is leading the expansion
of molecular diagnostics, proteomics and informatics within the department.
Board-certified in hematology and in anatomic pathology, Hess was a charter
member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Cancer and Molecular Pathobiology
Study Section. He is principal investigator or co-investigator for several current
NIH-funded research studies.
Carl Vernon Weller, M.D., is an important figure in the history of the Department of Pathology and in the Medical School. By 1931, the Pathology Service in University Hospital was made full-time, and Weller became chair of the department, a position he held until his death in 1956. Weller expanded the diagnostic aid and consultation service in tissue pathology for the physicians of the state of Michigan. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Weller saw his son, Thomas H. Weller, M.D., share a 1954 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on viral research.