Department of Medicine Announces Three New Vice-Chairs

Jan. 4, 2022

The department of Medicine continues to evolve its leadership with the appointment of three new vice-chair positions. Previously, these areas were led by Stephen Hammes, M.D., Ph.D., the Louis S. Wolk Distinguished Professor in Medicine. Since Hammes has been promoted to executive vice-chair of the department, these positions have been redesigned to be more robust roles, focusing on building research infrastructure and programs while promoting faculty development. Each new role is part of the department Executive Committee that oversees all aspects of our missions.

Meet our new vice-chairs!

Laura Calvi, M.D., Vice-Chair for Basic and Translational Science

Laura Calvi
Laura Calvi, M.D.

Laura Calvi is the SKAWA Foundation’s Professor of Medicine in the division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, and holds appointments in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and in Pharmacology & Physiology. She currently serves as associate director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Research P30 grant and co-directs the Musculoskeletal T32 Training Program. Her research is focused on bone biology and the tumor micro-environment. 

As vice-chair, Calvi will work on building basic and translational research within the department. This includes recruitment, faculty development, and revitalization of departmental grant processes. She will work closely with the CTSI and other institutes to harmonize research personnel. Along with new vice-chair for clinical research, Valentina Kutyifa M.D., Ph.D., they will work closely with Hammes to create a strong, centralized, and collaborative research infrastructure within the department, and also foster connections with other research-oriented departments.

“I am deeply honored to join the leadership team in the department of Medicine,” said Calvi. “I look forward to leveraging the innovative and highly collaborative research environment at the UR to strengthen and accelerate the work of basic and translational investigators in the department.”

Calvi obtained her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital, before joining the UR faculty. 

Valentina Kutyifa, M.D., Ph.D., Vice-Chair for Clinical Research

Valentina Kutyifa MD
Valentina Kutyifa, M.D., Ph.D.

Valentina Kutyifa is an associate professor of Medicine at the Clinical Cardiology Research Center. She currently serves as the director of Clinical Trials at the Clinical Cardiovascular Research Center, and director of the Clinical Trial Enrollment Unit in the division of Cardiology, overlooking over 50 single and multicenter clinical trials. She is the co-director of the Cardiology Fellows Research Training Program, and a major contributor of the newly developed department of Medicine Research Training Program. Her research work encompasses studies related to sudden cardiac death, heart failure, new disruptive implanted and wearable device technologies, and increasing diversity in clinical trials.

As vice-chair, Kutyifa will oversee all aspects of clinical research within the department, including recruitment and clinical trial conduct. She will foster faculty development in clinical research, will work to expand investigator-initiated trials and will help enhance accrual to clinical trials. She will also work with Calvi in harmonizing department of Medicine personnel with CTSI. Overall, she will collaborate with Calvi and Hammes to create a more robust research infrastructure.  

“My goal as vice-chair is to advance and diversify our clinical research portfolio,” said Kutyifa, “and contribute to the training of the next generation of physician-scientists. I am honored to become part of the department of Medicine leadership team.”

Kutyifa received her medical degree in Szeged, Hungary. She completed her residency, and cardiology and EP fellowships at the Semmelweis University, Hungary, where she earned her Ph.D. in cardiac electrophysiology, and her Master’s​ degree in health care management. She also holds a certificate in clinical research from Harvard Medical School, and a certificate in Executive Women in Leadership from Cornell.

Supriya Mohile, M.D., M.S., Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs

Supriya Mohile, M.D., M.S.

Supriya Mohile is the Philip and Marilyn Wehrheim Professor in the division of Hematology & Oncology with appointments in the department of Surgery and the Wilmot Cancer Institute. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Geriatric Oncology, and co-leads the Cancer Prevention and Control program. Known as a strong mentor for junior faculty, she studies geriatric oncology and has led multiple clinical trials in this area. 

As vice-chair, Mohile will oversee academic affairs and lead the department’s efforts regarding promotions and tenure. She will be a permanent member of the department Promotion Committee. Mohile will play an integral role in faculty development.

“I am excited to work with the entire leadership team of the department of Medicine,” said Mohile, “to continue our successful efforts ensuring that faculty are supported through the process of promotions and tenure, and to enhance support and processes through principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

Mohile received her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College and completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowships in hematology/oncology and geriatrics at the University of Chicago, prior to joining our faculty.


Hammes will continue to be actively engaged in overseeing these three areas. “I am beyond excited about the opportunity to work with Drs. Calvi, Kutyifa, and Mohile, who are all international leaders in their respective fields, as well as strong leaders within the University of Rochester,” said Hammes. “Their collective knowledge and experience will help our department of Medicine, as well as the School of Medicine and Dentistry as a whole, continue to develop and grow as we strive to be the best academic medical center that we possibly can.”