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

Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, has been named senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Shekhar is executive associate dean for research affairs and associate vice president for university clinical affairs and research at the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine and executive vice president of academic affairs for clinical research at IU Health.

Marc Kahn, MD, MBA, has been named dean of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Medicine, effective April 1. A hematologist, Dr. Kahn is now senior associate dean for admissions and student affairs at Tulane University School of Medicine and has been active in the AAMC Group on Student Affairs for many years.

Mary Nettleman, MD, announced she will retire from her position as dean of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and vice president for health affairs in July after eight years of service leading the School of Medicine.

John Yoo, MD, has been appointed dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University in Ontario for a term beginning May 1, 2020, and running through June 30, 2025. Dr. Yoo serves the School of Medicine as interim chair and chief of the Department of Paediatrics, as fellowship director for the Department of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery), and as a professor of otolaryngology and oncology.

Lara Jehi, MD, has been named the inaugural chief research information officer at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Jehi is a professor of neurology at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and co-director of Network Capacity for the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland.

Leigh Neumayer, MD, has been named chair of surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville. Dr. Neumayer previously served as chair of surgery, interim senior vice president for health sciences, and interim executive dean at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. She is a former member of the Council of Academic Societies (the forerunner to CFAS) and represented the Association for Surgical Education.

Greg Ogrinc, MD, has been named senior vice president of certification standards and programs of the American Board of Medical Specialties. Dr. Ogrinc previously served as the senior associate dean for medical education at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.

Aaron Berkowitz, MD, PhD, has been appointed founding director of global health at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, which will welcome its first class of medical students this summer. Dr. Berkowitz previously served as director of the Global Neurology Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.

Davy Cheng, MD, has had his appointment as acting dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University extended for an additional four-month term, concluding on April 30.

Mallary Myers has been named vice president and chief innovation officer for Augusta University Health, effective Jan. 3. Myers most recently served as the system vice president of operational improvement and innovation at Baptist Health.

Panayiotis Varelas, MD, PhD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Neurology at Albany Med. Dr. Varelas, a neurointensivist, previously served as director of the neuro intensive care unit, which he established, at Henry Ford Hospital.

Joseph Ouzounian, MD, MBA, has been appointed permanent chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Dr. Ouzounian has been serving as interim chair since Nov. 1, 2018.

Neal Weintraub, MD, has been appointed chief of the Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Weintraub is associate director of the Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia.

Anne Becker, MD, PhD, has been named dean for clinical and academic affairs at Harvard Medical School, effective April 1. Dr. Becker serves as the Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School.

Wendy Chung, MD, PhD, has been named chief of the Division of Clinical Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Chung is the Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia.

Sethuraman Panchanathan, PhD, an Indian-born computer engineer and executive vice president of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise and Chief Research and Innovation Officer at ASU, will be nominated as the next director of the National Science Foundation, succeeding France Córdova, PhD, whose term ends this coming spring.

Cliff A. Megerian, MD, has been named as the next CEO of University Hospitals, reported Crain’s Cleveland Business. Dr. Megerian, president of UH Physician Network and UH System Institutes, will succeed Thomas F. Zenty III, who announced he will retire in January 2021 after leading the health system for nearly 18 years. Dr. Megerian is professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Steven Kalkanis, MD, has been named CEO of Henry Ford Medical Group, effective Jan. 1. Dr. Kalkanis, who is medical director of the Henry Ford Cancer Institute, will succeed William Conway, MD, who has retired after four decades with the Detroit-based health system.

Yoon Kang, MD, has been appointed associate dean for program development and operations of medical education at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Kang previously is the Richard P. Cohen, M.D. Associate Professor of Medical Education in the Division of General Internal Medicine and previously served as assistant dean for clinical curriculum at Weill Cornell Medicine.

The American Association for Women in Radiology awarded Yoshimi Anzai, MD, MPH, the Marie Slodowska-Curie Award, the highest honor presented to women in radiology and radiation oncology disciplines. Dr. Anzai served as president of AAWR from 2013 to 2014 and is associate chief medical quality officer and a professor of radiology at University of Utah School of Medicine. She is also a CFAS rep for the American College of Radiology.

Patrick White, MD, has been named the inaugural Stokes Family Endowed Chair in Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. White serves as director of the Division of Palliative Medicine at the School of Medicine and chief medical officer of BJC Hospice.

G. Thomas Frazier, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested in the inaugural G. Thomas Frazier, M.D. Chair in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. Dr. Frazier joined UAMS in 2017, and specializes in hand and microsurgery.

The AMA awarded William Hester, MD, the Benjamin Rush Award for Citizenship and Community Service in recognition of a lifetime of service to his country and community. Dr. Hester is assistant dean of medical education for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Columbia’s Florence Regional Program.

Suzanne Maselli has been appointed to associate dean for development at the Boston University (BU) School of Medicine. Maselli has served as assistant dean for development at the BU School of Medicine since July 2015.

Cynthia Egan has been appointed chair of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Board of Visitors. Egan is a corporate governance professional and is currently a director of the Hanover Group and a director of the BlackRock Fixed Income Fund complex. She has been an active member of the UMSOM Board since 2013.

Joshua Denny, MD, has been named CEO of the NIH's All of Us Research Program. Dr. Denny is vice president of personalized medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Stephen Nimer, MD, has been named the inaugural Oscar de la Renta Endowed Chair in Cancer Research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Nimer is director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Griffith Parks, PhD, has been appointed associate dean for research at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Parks will continue to serve as director of the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences.

Joseph Szot, MD, has been named associate dean for continuing and integrated medical education at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Szot is a clinical professor of internal medicine and has served as the vice chair for education in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Carver College of Medicine.

Greg Beilman, MD, has been named associate dean for clinical administration at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where Dr. Beilman is a professor in the Department of Surgery.

Dongsheng Duan, PhD, has been appointed to the National Academy of Inventors 2019 Fellows Program. Dr. Duan is the Margaret Proctor Mulligan Professor in Medical Research at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

K. Craig Kent, MD, has been appointed executive vice president for health affairs at the University of Virginia, effective Feb. 1, 2020. Dr. Kent now serves as dean of The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

F. Charles Brunicardi, MD, has been named senior vice president and dean of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Brunicardi serves as the Medical College of Ohio Alumni Endowed Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Andrew Filak Jr., MD, has been appointed dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and senior vice president for health affairs, effective Jan. 1. Dr. Filak has been serving in the role on an interim basis since August 2018.

Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, a public health leader and advocate for health equity and social justice, died Nov. 29 at the age of 77. Dr. Mullan served as a professor of health policy and management and pediatrics at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where he co-founded the GW Health Workforce Institute in 2015. The GW Health Workforce Institute has been renamed the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity in the wake of Dr. Mullan’s death.

Neil Osheroff, PhD, has been appointed president of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, a CFAS-member society. Dr. Osheroff is a professor of biochemistry, medicine, and the John G. Coniglio Chair in Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a CFAS rep for the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Cletis Earle, MS, has been named senior vice president and chief information officer for Penn State Health and the Penn State College of Medicine, effective Dec. 30. Earle previously served as senior vice president and chief information officer at Kaleida Health/Great Lake’s Health of Western New York.

Lynn Schnapp, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Schnapp is a professor at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Erik Hess, MD, MSc, has been named interim chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. Hess serves as vice chair for research and a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UAB School of Medicine.

Ronald Sorensen, MS, has been appointed executive director of community engagement at the University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine. Sorensen previously served as director of community health partnerships at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California.

The Association for Clinical and Translational Science announced the appointment of Lars Berglund, MD, PhD, to succeed George Mashour, MD, PhD, as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science effective Jan. 1, 2020. Dr. Berglund serves as associate vice chancellor for Biomedical Research and the vice dean for research at University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He is also a past chair and long-standing participant in the AAMC Group on Research Advancement and Development (GRAND). Dr. Mashour has recently been appointed as the Robert B. Sweet Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Philip Ozuah, MD, PhD, has been named CEO of Montefiore Medicine. Dr. Ozuah previously served as president of Montefiore Health System and as physician-in-chief of the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.

Catherine Todero, PhD, RN, has been named vice provost of Health Sciences Campuses for Creighton University. Dr. Todero will continue in her position as dean of the Creighton University College of Nursing.

Cleveland Clinic has named James Merlino, MD, to the newly created position of Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, effective Dec. 1, 2019. Dr. Merlino will oversee the Office of Patient Experience, Enterprise Quality & Safety and the Office of Continuous Improvement. Dr. Merlino most recent served as Chief Transformation Officer at Press Ganey.

Lee Beers, MD, has been elected president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, effective in January. Dr. Beers is medical director of community health and advocacy at the Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children’s National Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Carolyn Smith, PhD, has been appointed dean of the Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Smith is a professor of molecular and cellular biology at Baylor College of Medicine and has served as interim dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences since July.

Vivian Sanchez, MD, has been appointed assistant dean for student affairs at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Sanchez is director of bariatric surgery and a staff surgeon at VA Boston Healthcare System.

Greg Ordway, PhD, has been named associate dean for research and graduate education at East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine. Dr. Ordway previously served as interim associate dean for graduate studies at the College of Medicine.

Subha Raman, MD, has been appointed chief of the Division of Cardiology for Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine and vice president of IU Health Cardiovascular Services, effective Feb. 1. Dr. Raman is the Joseph M. Ryan, MD, Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Jonathan Ting, MD, MBA, has been appointed chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at IU School of Medicine, effective Dec. 1. Dr. Ting has served as interim chair since March 1.

Jay A. Perman, MD, the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, has been appointed the fifth chancellor of the University System of Maryland. Dr. Perman is a former chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and served as dean at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Scott Strobel, PhD, has been named provost of Yale University, effective Jan. 1. Dr. Strobel is the Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale and a professor at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Bernard Tyson, MBA, the CEO of Kaiser Permanente since 2013, died on Sunday. He was 60 years old and still serving as chief executive of Kaiser.

Robert Nobles, PhD, has been appointed vice president for research administration at Emory University, effective Dec. 1. Dr. Nobles previously served as interim vice chancellor for research and engagement and associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Tennessee.

Hannah Hazard-Jenkins, MD, has been named interim director of the West Virginia University Cancer Institute, effective in Jan. Dr. Hazard-Jenkins is associate chair for cancer services at the West Virginia University School of Medicine.

Douglas Grider, MD, has been named vice chair of the Department of Basic Science Education at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Dr. Grider is an associate professor in the department.

Anna Penn, MD, PhD, has been named chief of the Division of Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics and associate professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and chief of neonatology at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, effective Jan. 1. Dr. Penn is currently an associate professor of pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and an attending neonatologist at Children’s National Hospital.

Nancy Bjorklund, EdD, has been appointed director of the Office of Continuing Education at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Dr. Bjorklund serves as an instructor in the Global and International Studies Program at Western Michigan University.

Mohan Suntha, MD, MBA, has been named president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System, effective Dec. 1. Dr. Suntha has served as president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center, the system's flagship academic medical center in downtown Baltimore, since 2016 and previously was president and CEO for University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.

Paul B. Roth, MD, MS, chancellor for health sciences at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and dean of the UNM School of Medicine, announced his retirement this week. Dr. Roth has served for 26 years as the dean of the School of Medicine and 14 years as chancellor. In a statement, he said he plans to focus on mentoring medical school students. James Holloway, UNM provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, will chair a search committee for Dr. Roth's replacement. Dr. Roth will remain as chancellor until the search is complete.

Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, executive vice president for health affairs at Emory University, and president, CEO, and chairman of the Board of Emory Healthcare, received the National Medical Fellowships Pioneer Award, which recognizes those who advance diversity and inclusion in the health professions and lead efforts in the commitment to health equity for all.

David A. DiLoreto Jr., MD, PhD, was named chair of the University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology and director of the Flaum Eye Institute. He succeeds Steven Feldon, MD, MBA, who will transition to associate vice president and director of the Office of Biomedical Research Development. Dr. Feldon is a CFAS representative for the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology and has been especially active in CFAS studying educational needs around surgical subspecialty training in academic medicine.

Susan Anderson, MD, has been named the first dean of rural medicine at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. This new position recognizes the importance of rural medicine in South Dakota, the school noted in a statement. Dr. Anderson will continue to serve in her role as chair of the Department of Family Medicine.

Catherine B. Soehner, MLS, has been appointed associate dean for research and director of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah.

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP, will join the faculty of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and establish the GW Center for Culinary Medicine. Dr. Harlan serves as associate dean for clinical services at Tulane University School of Medicine, medical director of the Tulane University Medicine Group, and executive director of the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane.

Kristen L. Carroll, MD, was awarded the Sherman S. Coleman, MD Presidential Endowed Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedics in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah. Dr. Carroll is a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and chief of staff and a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Sudip Parikh, PhD, will become the next CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of journals early next year. Dr. Parikh serves now as senior vice president of Drug Information Association Global.

Marsha Rappley, MD, CEO of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System and senior vice president for health sciences at VCU, announced her retirement as of Jan. 2, 2020. Dr. Rappley was the 2016-17 chair of the AAMC Board of Directors, and during her tenure as immediate past chair, also chaired the search committee that identified the AAMC’s new president and CEO, David. J. Skorton, MD. VCU also announced this week that Peter Buckley, MD, will be named interim vice president for VCU Health Sciences and CEO of VCU Health System, and Ralph R. “Ron” Clark, MD, chief medical officer of VCU Health System, has been named interim CEO of VCU Hospitals and Clinics.

President Trump announced his intention to nominate Stephen Hahn, MD, chief medical officer of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, as the next FDA commissioner. But as the Washington Post reports, acting FDA commissioner Norman “Ned” Sharpless, MD, will return right away to his previous role as director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) rather than continue in his acting FDA role, and Brett Giroir, MD, of HHS, will oversee the FDA until Hahn’s confirmation. NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, issued a statement today welcoming Dr. Sharpless back to NIH to resume his work with NCI.

James Kochenderfer, MD, has been awarded the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health’s Trailblazer Prize for Clinician-Scientists. The award recognizes Dr. Kochenderfer’s work pioneering the development of immunotherapies that leverage CAR T-cells to treat blood cancers. Dr. Kochenderfer is an investigator in the Surgery Branch at the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute.

Matt Rizzo, MD, has been appointed chair of the American Brain Coalition. Dr. Rizzio is the Frances and Edgar Reynolds Chair of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Department of Neurological Sciences.

R. Grace Zhai, PhD, has been appointed senior associate dean for basic science research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Zhai is associate professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology at the School of Medicine.

Senthil Kumar Rajasekaran, MD, has been appointed senior associate dean for curricular affairs and undergraduate medical education in the Office of Medical Education at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Rajasekaran was also appointed a professor of pharmacology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is associate dean for academic affairs at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Mark Smeltzer, PhD, was appointed Chair in Sciences Basic to Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Dr. Smeltzer is professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the College of Medicine at UAMS.

Anne Dixon, MA, BM BCh, has been named director of the Vermont Lung Center. Dr. Dixon is professor of medicine and division chief of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine at University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.

Peggy Kendall, MD, has been named director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology in the Department of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Kendall previously served as an associate professor of medicine and pathology, microbiology, and immunology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Edward Philbin, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine at Albany Med. Dr. Philbin, the George E. Pataki Endowed Chair in Cardiology at Albany Med since 2000, has served as interim chair of the Department of Medicine since April.

Bruce Korf, MD, PhD, has been named associate dean for genomic medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Korf serves as chief genomics officer and the Wayne and Sara Crews Finley Endowed Chair in Medical Genetics at the School of Medicine and will continue holding both positions.

Dinender Singla, PhD, has been named AdventHealth Chair in Cardiovascular Research, connecting cardiovascular research between University of Central Florida and AdventHealth (formerly Florida Hospital). Dr. Singla is professor of medicine at the Burnett School of Biomedical Science, College of Medicine, and University of Central Florida.

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