Paul and Allene Russell Professor
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, Division of the Biological Sciences
Dean, Pritzker School of Medicine
Mark Anderson oversees the medical and biological research, education, care delivery, and community engagement enterprise for the University of Chicago Medicine, the Division of the Biological Sciences, and the Pritzker School of Medicine. Working closely with institutional leadership, he leads a transformation agenda aimed at driving the growth of the health system and integrating the academic and clinical programs to leverage the strengths of each and enhance their impact. A vital part of these duties is leading efforts to enhance community health, health equity, and access to care for communities in Chicago’s South Side and beyond.
An expert on the mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure, his scholarly research is focused on the role of the calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II in heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias, which are a common cause of sudden cardiac death. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine,
After receiving his undergraduate degree in biology with honors from Macalester College, Anderson earned a PhD in physiology and an MD from the University of Minnesota. At Stanford University, he completed an internal medicine residency and fellowships in cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology, before joining the medical faculty at Vanderbilt University. He then led the Cardiovascular Research Center and the Department of Medicine at the University of Iowa. Most recently, he served as the director of the Department of Medicine and the William Osler Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital.