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The People of Academic Medicine

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A list of leadership appointments, promotions, and departures in academic medicine.

Alan Miller, MBA, will step down from his position as CEO of Universal Health Services. Miller founded UHS in 1979.
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Lynette Chappell-Williams, JD, has been named Penn State Health’s first vice president and chief diversity officer. Chappell-Williams previously served as the inaugural chief diversity officer for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and associate dean for diversity and inclusion for the Penn State College of Medicine.
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Claire Henchcliffe, MD, DPhil, has been appointed chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, effective Oct. 1. Dr. Henchcliffe has served for the last 7 years as vice chair for clinical research in neurology and chief of neurodegenerative disorders in the Department of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College.
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Scott Strayer, MD, MPH, has been appointed chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Dr. Strayer previously served as professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Columbia.
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Harinder Dhindsa, MD, MPH, MBA, has been appointed chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Dr. Dhindsa previously served as interim chair of the department.
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Steven Brooks, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Brooks is chief of pediatric ophthalmology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
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Seah H. Lim, MD, PhD, has been named chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University Hospital of Brooklyn, which is part of State University of New York Downstate Health Sciences University. Dr. Lim previously served as director of hematology, acting chief in the Division of Hematology and Hemostasis, and associate director of the hematology and oncology fellowship program at Westchester Medical Center.
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AAMC Chief Academic Officer John Prescott, MD, will be retiring at the end of 2020 after 40 years as a practicing physician and medical school dean and 12 years of service at the AAMC. Additionally, AAMC President and CEO David Skorton, MD, announced a decision to combine two AAMC clusters, Academic Affairs and Medical Education, now led by Alison Whelan, MD, into a new cluster under her leadership.

Steven Varga, PhD, has been selected to serve as chair of the Virology B Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review at the NIH. Dr. Varga is a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.
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Dean Seehusen, MD, MPH, has been named chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Seehusen has served as interim chair of the department since July.
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Mary Nan S. Mallory, MD, MBA, has been elected president of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Mallory is vice dean for clinical affairs at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
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John Krouse, MD, executive vice president of health affairs and dean of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, has announced he will step down from his administrative posts at the end of August 2021 to join the faculty in the School of Medicine.
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Milagros Rosal, PhD, has been appointed vice provost for health equity at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School. Dr. Rosal is a professor of population and quantitative health sciences in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at UMass Medical School.
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Kimberly Yonkers, MD, has been appointed chair and professor of psychiatry at the UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care, effective Nov. 1. Dr. Yonkers is currently a professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.
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Gregory Howell, MD, and Brook Nelson, MD, have been appointed assistant deans for graduate medical education at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine. Dr. Howell is an associate professor of medicine and program director for the critical care fellowship and Dr. Nelson is an assistant professor of surgery and general surgery residency program director at the UMKC School of Medicine.
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Gregg Kokame, MD, has been appointed chief of the Division of Ophthalmology in the Department of Surgery at the University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Kokame previously served as a clinical professor of the Department of Surgery.
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The American Osteopathic Association elected Thomas Ely, DO, as its new president. Dr. Ely has experience in hospital leadership, working as chief of medical staff, director of medical affairs, and chief medical officer at the Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Dane Peterson, MBA, has been appointed president of Emory Healthcare, effective Sept. 1. Peterson will continue in his current role as chief operating officer of Emory Healthcare after he assumes his new role.

Rick Fought, EdD, has been appointed assistant vice chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Health Sciences Library. Dr. Fought previously served as professor and director of the library.

Lemuel Russell Waitman, PhD, has been appointed associate dean for informatics, vice chair for informatics, and professor in the Department of Health Management and Informatics at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, effective Oct. 1. Since 2010, Dr. Waitman has served as a professor of internal medicine, director of the Center for Medical Informatics and Enterprise Analytics, and associate vice chancellor for enterprise analytics at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Richard Kasser, PhD, has been named interim chair and program director for the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Health Professions. Dr. Kasser will continue in his role as assistant dean for student affairs in the College of Health Professions along with his new role.

Leon McDougle, MD, MPH, has been named president of the National Medical Association. McDougle is associate dean for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Thomas Jackiewicz, MPH, has been appointed president of the University of Chicago Medical Center and chief operating officer of the UChicago Medicine health system, effective Aug. 31. Jackiewicz previously served as senior vice president and CEO of Keck Medicine at the University of Southern California.

Karen Restifo, MD, JD, has been named regional vice dean of Drexel University College of Medicine’s Tower Health campus, effective Sept. 1. Restifo previously served as associate dean of student affairs at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Leann Lesperance, MD, PhD, has been named associate dean for undergraduate medical education in the State University of New York Upstate Medical University College of Medicine. Lesperance is a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics and has served as interim associate dean of undergraduate medical education since August 2019.

Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH, has been appointed the first executive director for health equity at the University of North Carolina Health System. Cené is an associate professor in the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Ana Núňez, MD, has been appointed inaugural vice dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Minnesota Medical School, effective Aug. 31. Núňez serves as associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion and professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Miriam Laufer, MD, MPH, has been appointed assistant dean for medical student research education at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Laufer is a professor of pediatrics and associate director for malaria research at the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health.

Richard Wender, MD, has been named chair of family medicine and community health at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Wender serves as a professor of family and community medicine at Thomas Jefferson University.

Krystle Kuhs, PhD, MPH, has been appointed co-leader of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program. Kuhs previously served as an assistant professor in Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Medicine.

Valerie Weber, MD, has been appointed dean of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, effective Nov. 1. Dr. Weber is professor of medicine and the Deborah J. Tuttle, MD and John P. Piper, MD senior vice dean for educational affairs at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Nirvana Manning, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Dr. Manning previously served as director and medical director of women’s health services at UAMS.

Emma Guttman-Yassky, MD, PhD, has been named chair of the Kimberly and Eric J. Waldman Department of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Health System, effective Jan. 1. Dr. Guttman-Yassky currently serves as the Sol and Clara Kest professor and vice chair of research at the Department of Dermatology, director of the Center for Excellence in Eczema, and director of the Laboratory of Inflammatory Skin Diseases at Mount Sinai.

Matthew Davis, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Davis currently serves as the A. Todd Davis, MD professor of general academic pediatrics at Feinberg.

Cheryl Holder, MD, has been named interim associate dean of diversity, equity, inclusivity, and community initiatives at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Dr. Holder is an associate professor in the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP program and serves as president of the Florida State Medical Association.

Arthur Kellerman, MD, MPH, has been appointed senior vice president for health sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and CEO of VCU Health System, effective Oct. 1. Dr. Kellerman now serves as dean of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine.

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Medicine Dean Raymond DuBois, MD, PhD, will take on the additional role as director for the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center. Dr. DuBois will assume the added leadership role effective Aug. 17, reported Moultrie News.

Mardell Wilson, EdD, has been named provost at Creighton University, effective Oct. 1. Wilson currently serves as professor and dean of the Edward and Margaret Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University.

E. Sander Connolly Jr., MD, has been named chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and neurosurgeon-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Connolly currently serves as the Bennett M. Stein professor of neurological surgery, vice chair of neurological surgery, director of the Cerebrovascular Research Laboratory, and surgical director of the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Nancy Moreno, PhD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Education, Innovation and Technology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Moreno has served as associate provost of faculty development and institutional research at Baylor College of Medicine since 2015 and is also director of Baylor’s Center for Educational Outreach and professor in the School of Health Professions and Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Martin Matzuk, MD, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Matzuk has served as interim chair of the department since March 2019.

Jeffrey Golden, MD, has been appointed vice dean of research and graduate education and director of the Burns and Allen Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai, effective Nov. 1. Dr. Golden is the Ramzi S. Cotran professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School and chair of the Department of Pathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Earle Chambers, PhD, MPH, has been appointed director of the Division of Research in the Department of Family and Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System. Dr. Chambers serves as associate professor of family and social medicine and of epidemiology and population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Robert A. Montgomery, MD, DPhil, director of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute, has been named chair of the Department of Surgery at NYU Langone Health. He will assume his new post Sept. 1. Dr. Montgomery joined the faculty of NYU Grossman School of Medicine in 2016 from The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

David Dhanraj, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Dhanraf joins the Boonshoft School of Medicine from TriHealth in Cincinnati, where he served as director of operations for the Faculty Medical Centers.

Sheila Crow, PhD, has been named associate dean of faculty affairs and professional development at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Crow most recently served as assistant vice president at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

Edward Chu, MD, has been named director of the NCI-designated Albert Einstein Cancer Center, vice president for cancer medicine at Montefiore Medicine, and the Carol and Roger Einiger Professor of Cancer Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Chu currently serves as deputy director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Hillman Cancer Center.

Matt Orr, PhD, has been named assistant dean of continuous professional development and strategic affairs at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Orr has served as the senior associate in the Office of Continuous Professional Development and Strategic Affairs since 2015.

Kenneth Moise Jr., MD, has been appointed director of the Fetal Care Center at Dell Children’s Medical Center and a professor in the Department of Women’s Health at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School.

Debbie Lee Bennett, MD, has been named chief of breast imaging for Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Bennett most recently served as an associate professor at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Latha Chandran, MD, MPH, has been named executive dean of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and founding chair of the Department of Medical Education at the Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Chandran previously served as vice dean for academic and faculty affairs at Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has created a Medical Response Office to direct the university’s COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, reporting procedures, and isolation and quarantine protocols. John Williams, MD, Henry L. Hillman endowed chair in pediatric immunology and professor of pediatrics at the medical school and chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, will direct the new office.

Sohail Contractor, MD, has been named the J.T. Ling MD endowed chair of radiology at the University of Louisville College of Medicine. Prior to joining University of Louisville, Dr. Contractor was professor of radiology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine has appointed Daniel Maluf, MD, as the new director of the Program in Transplantation, and Valeria Raquel Mas, PhD, as head of the newly created Division of Surgical Sciences.

Kerri Thom, MD, has been named associate dean for student affairs at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Thom previously served as professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Maria Garcia, MD, MPH, has been appointed assistant vice provost for diversity and student success at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School. Dr. Garcia is a professor of medicine at the UMass Medical School.

Albany Medical College has named Rebecca Rogers, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Rogers previously was at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, where she was professor and associate chair for clinical integration and operations.

Macarena de la Fuente, MD, has been appointed neuro-oncology clinical service leader for the Oncology Service Line at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and chief of the Neuro-Oncology Division in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. de la Fuente previously served as interim chief of the Neuro-Oncology Division and was most recently named director of the Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program.

Oluwaferanmi Okanlami, MD, has been named interim director of services for students with disabilities and director of adaptive sports at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Okanlami currently serves as an assistant professor of family medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation in the University of Michigan Medical School.

Amanda Thatcher has been appointed director of the Office of Communication in the University of Michigan Medical School. Thatcher will continue her role as academic chief of staff for the University of Michigan Medical School.

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