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Kathleen E. Squires, MD, Invested as the W. Paul and Ida H. Havens Professor of Infectious Diseases

Kathleen E. Squires, MD, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Jefferson, was invested in April 2014 as the W. Paul and Ida H. Havens Professor of Infectious Diseases.

The professorship was established in honor of W. Paul Havens, Jr., MD, and his wife, Ida. Havens was the first director of Jefferson’s Division of Infectious Diseases and a faculty member for 30 years. Havens was particularly renowned for his studies of viral hepatitis and cirrhosis. A graduate of Harvard Medical School who completed an internship at Lankenau Medical Center and a residency at Jefferson, he served with the U.S. Army Medical Corps in World War II, surveying hepatitis among allied troops in the Sahara. He was among the first scientists to detect different types of hepatitis caused by different viruses. After the war, the Army sent him to Yale University for two years to continue his work, and then he returned to Jefferson.

Although Dr. Havens passed away in 1992 and Mrs. Havens in 1996, their legacy of love and family values lives on thanks to the establishment of the professorship by sons Peter and John and their wives, Louise and Wendy. Previously, the couples also helped to create the W. Paul Havens Jr., MD, Scholarship Fund, which benefits students at Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

An active clinician and investigator, Squires brings both clinical and scientific expertise that reinforces Jefferson’s national leadership in research and patient care. Her work in the field of HIV research and clinical care has led to the development of important antiretroviral drugs and novel therapies as well as the provision of compassionate care to thousands of patients in profound need.

Squires completed her medical degree and residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She pursued fellowship training in infectious diseases at Cornell University Medical Center-New York Hospital. She and her husband, Matthew H. Carabasi, MD, professor of medical oncology at Jefferson and associate director of clinical investigations at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, live in Newtown Square, Pa.

To read more about her achievements, click here.


Mark L. Tykocinski, MD, Anthony F. and Gertrude M. DePalma Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College; Louise A. and Peter H. Havens; Kathleen E. Squires, MD; and Stephen K. Klasko, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and TJUH System.

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