Jordan Scott Orange, MD, PhD, Named Chair of Pediatrics at Columbia

November 9, 2017

Jordan Scott Orange, MD, PhD, professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, has been named chair of pediatrics in the College of Physicians & Surgeons and pediatrician-in-chief of NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. The appointment, effective next spring, was announced by Lee Goldman, MD, executive vice president and dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine and chief executive of Columbia University Medical Center, and Steven J. Corwin, MD, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian.

Dr. Orange will succeed Lawrence R. Stanberry, MD, PhD, who joined Columbia in 2008 and asked university and hospital leadership last year to begin a search for his successor.

Dr. Orange is also director of the Pediatrician-Scientist Training and Development Program at Baylor, the Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic and Research Center for Primary Immunodeficiency at Texas Children’s Hospital, and the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Human Immunobiology. He also serves as chief of immunology, allergy, and rheumatology at Baylor and the Louis and Marybeth Pawleek Endowed Chair at Texas Children’s. Before moving to Houston in 2012, he served for nearly 10 years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

As a physician-scientist, Dr. Orange has built a career of combining novel disease discovery with basic cell biological research to translate underlying biological mechanisms of disease into clinical applications. He is recognized as an international leader in pediatric primary immunodeficiency and the immunobiology of human natural killer cells and has been continuously supported via NIH funding, publishing more than 250 papers.

He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and immediate past president of the Clinical Immunology Society. He has received many awards, including the 2017 E. Mead Johnson Award from the Society for Pediatric Research.

Dr. Orange received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brown University, where he also received PhD and MD degrees. After training in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he completed a clinical fellowship in allergy, immunology, and rheumatology at Boston Children’s Hospital and a postdoctoral research fellowship in molecular and cell biology at Harvard.