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William Kettyle appointed director of MIT Medical


William M. Kettyle, MD, has been named medical director of MIT Medical, effective August 1. Dr. Kettyle has served as associate medical director since 1995 and has worked in the department for seven years.

The medical director is responsible for the organization and supervision of all clinical care and clinical services within MIT Medical, and also serves as advisor to the president and administration on health standards and concerns at the Institute. Dr. Kettyle replaces Dr. Arnold Weinberg, who retired as medical director after 14 years in the position.

Vice President Laura Avakian, who is responsible for MIT Medical, said, "The unanimous endorsement of the search committee echoes the high esteem in which Dr. Kettyle is held both on campus and throughout the greater Boston medical community."

The search committee, chaired by Professor Henry Jacoby of the Sloan School, noted the qualities they were looking for in the medical director. These included "a respected clinician who will lead by having the respect of his or her colleagues, a doctor who can sustain good relations with the hospitals that serve our patients, an able leader and manager who understands the complexities of a medical department within a university and who has good business sense, and a person who identifies students as a priority concern for MIT Medical.

"Dr. Kettyle is an exemplary clinician, recognized as an outstanding teacher, with long experience at Harvard Medical School, Mount Auburn Hospital and MIT, and he has deep experience with the MIT medical department and its relation to the wider Institute," the committee wrote.

Dr. Kettyle is board-certified in internal medicine, in endocrinology and metabolism, and in gerontology. He is a staff physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Mount Auburn Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital. In addition, he is an endocrine consultant at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and has been an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School since 1982.

"I'm thrilled with this appointment," Dr. Kettyle said. "And I look forward to working with everyone at MIT Medical to make the care and service that we provide to the Institute community even better than they are already."

"I'm very pleased about Dr. Kettyle's appointment as medical director," Annette Jacobs, executive director of MIT Medical, wrote to the staff. "I admire his values, his clinical ability and his commitment to excellence," she said.

Dr. Kettyle, who will continue to provide patient care, is a native of Tacoma, WA. He did his undergraduate work at Dartmouth College and earned his MD at Harvard Medical School. He is married and has two children.

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