By SAM CHOLKE
At the beginning of October, Dr. Kenneth Polonsky will leave his post as chair of the Department of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis to head the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Polonsky will also serve as dean of the medical school.
The job is something of a homecoming for Dr. Polonsky. Though born and schooled in Johannesburg, South Africa, he completed his residency at the now-defunct Michael Reese Hospital and then came to the University of Chicago for a fellowship in endocrinology and to lead the university’s diabetes research in 1981.
The children of Polonsky and his wife, Lydia, all grew up in Hyde Park and attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, and two of their three children attend the university.
“Kenneth Polonsky’s deep knowledge and embrace of the intellectual values of the university make him a perfect partner as we strive to attract the most talented research scientists, clinicians, and educators to Chicago,” said Thomas Rosenbaum, provost of the university, in a prepared statement. “We are excited to have him back.”