Dr. James P. Kushner, professor of internal medicine at the University of Utah's School of Medicine, has been named the first holder of the Maxwell M. Wintrobe presidential endowed chair in internal medicine and hematology-oncology.

A member of the medical school faculty since 1970, Kushner directs the Medical Center's clinical research center and is chairman of the division of hematology-oncology.An authority on blood diseases and cancer and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Kushner is the author of nearly 100 scientific papers and abstracts. He is the principal investigator or program director of five research or training programs in the medical school.

Wintrobe, who died in 1986, is considered the founder of hematology - the study of blood - as well as one of the founders of the U.'s four-year medical school. He came to the U. in 1943, serving as chairman of the department of medicine. He also served as physician-in-chief of the Salt Lake County General Hospital.

He introduced precise measurement to hematology. His textbook, Clinical Hematology, in print for nearly 50 years, defined the study of blood for generations of medical students.