To the Editor.—

Dr Brent's article on academic chairmen (Pediatrics. 1992;90:50-57) was terrific—insightful, helpful, and much needed. If I may be so bold as to add one further insight and suggestion: When chairmen of academic departments are selected, invariably it seems to be done by the "weight of the c.v." approach. An outstanding researcher does not necessarily make an outstanding chairman. (In fact, one could argue that there are skills needed for bench or clinical research that are antithetical to those needed to chair an academic department.)

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