David H. Perlmutter, MD, has been named executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of Washington University School of Medicine effective Dec. 1. Dr. Perlmutter is a distinguished professor and the Vira I. Heinz Endowed Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He also is physician-in-chief and scientific director of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He succeeds Larry J. Shapiro, MD, who is stepping down after leading the school for 12 years. Prior to 2001, Dr. Perlmutter spent 15 years as a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Perlmutter earned his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine.