Dr. Leon Fine serves as Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Director of Graduate Research Education at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is a former Dean of the University College of London, and immediate past Harveian Librarian at the Royal College of Physicians. He was Chief of the Division of Nephrology at UCLA from 1978 to 1991. He joined the staff of Cedars-Sinai in 2007, having completed his term as and Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Dean of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences at University College London (UK) from 1991 to 2002. His record of training and mentoring clinician scientists includes serving as Director of an NIH training grant encompassing four UCLA campuses and overseeing a series of NIH physician-scientist awards in his division. As Chief of Medicine and Dean, he was responsible for oversight of career development of junior faculty across multiple disciplines, wrote formal review processes for evaluating progress, and instituted plans for optimizing success in peer-reviewed funding, research networking, and scientific visibility of clinical research scientists. He also presided over a PhD program in the Department of Medicine and a number of Masters degree programs in the School of Medicine. As the Chair of the recently formed Department of Biomedical Sciences, he aims to advance the academic research enterprise, support development of translational and clinical investigators, and provide researchers in the basic biomedical sciences with physician partnerships to accelerate the translation of basic science discoveries towards clinical evaluation and, eventually, clinical practice. Towards this end, he has already achieved several key objectives. Specifically, he has: 1) established the first graduate program at Cedars-Sinai, the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine; 2) developed and deployed a new Clinical Scholars program, which aims to foster development of promising young physician-scientists into independently-funded academic clinical and translational research careers through a program that includes a one year didactic curriculum, mentoring, and institutional financial support for research (16 physician-scientists are currently enrolled); and 3) established the first Cedars-Sinai Professorial Series. He will serve on the CTSI Grants Review Committee that oversees the grants to be funded by the CTSI, help organize Ad Hoc reviewers from Cedars and other partner institutions, oversee Cedars Faculty engagement with the CTSI and participate in collaborative interdisciplinary projects. As a leader of the CTSI Pilot/Collaborative Research Program, he will assist in identifying co-funding opportunities for CTSI grants with Cedars seed grant funding.