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The People of Academic Medicine

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

Richard Woychik, PhD, has been named director of the NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Woychik has served as acting director of NIEHS since October 2019.

Ganesh Rao, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Rao is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine.

Kristin Myers, MPH, has been appointed executive vice president, chief information officer, and dean for information technology at Mount Sinai Health System. Myers most recently served as senior vice president for technology at Mount Sinai Health System.

Sarah Berga, MD, has been appointed professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Berga previously served as professor and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Utah School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Kathryn A. Colby, MD, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at NYU Langone Health, effective this fall. Dr. Colby serves as the Louis Block Professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Chicago.

Robert Taylor, MD, PhD, has been appointed director of the MD-PhD Program in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo. Dr. Taylor previously served as professor of obstetrics and gynecology, research director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and director of the MD-PhD Program at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Namandjé Bumpus, PhD, has been appointed director of the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Bumpus has served as associate dean for basic research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Lucio Miele, MD, PhD, has been appointed assistant dean for translational research at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine. Dr. Miele previously served as professor and head of the school’s Department of Genetics.

Martha McGrew, MD, has been named interim dean at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine effective July 1. Dr. McGrew serves as the executive vice dean at the school of medicine and is professor of Family and Community Medicine.

Meredith Landorf, MD, has been appointed assistant dean of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Northern Kentucky Campus. Dr. Landorf has practiced internal medicine and pediatrics in various regional health systems since 2012.


Jacqueline Jeruss, MD, PhD, has been appointed associate dean for regulatory affairs at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Jeruss is an associate professor of surgery, pathology, and biomedical engineering at the school.

Francisco Pelegri, PhD, has been named chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Laboratory of Genetics, effective July 1, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Pelegri is a professor of genetics and medical genetics at the School of Medicine and Public Health.

Douglas Haladay, PhD, has been appointed director of the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences and associate dean of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. Dr. Haladay most recently served as associate director and associate professor of physical therapy at the Morsani College of Medicine.

André L. Churchwell, MD, has been named vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion and chief diversity officer for Vanderbilt University. Dr. Churchwell is the Levi Watkins Jr. M.D. Chair and a professor of medicine, biomedical engineering, and radiology and radiological sciences at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and will continue in his role as chief diversity officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Cheves Smythe, MD, founding dean of McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and an early advocate of the geriatrics field, passed away at 95 in Charleston, South Carolina, earlier this month.

Xiuli Zhang, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at State University of New York Upstate Medical University College of Medicine. Dr. Zhang has served as interim chair since Aug. 2019.

Nathaniel Soper, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix and physician executive director of the General Surgery Service Line at Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix. Dr. Soper is the program director for the general surgery residency at Northwestern University and previously served as chair of the Department of Surgery at Northwestern University and surgeon-in-chief at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Bonzo Reddick, MD, MPH, has been named chair of community medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine. Dr. Reddick has served as associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and as professor of community medicine and family medicine on the Mercer University School of Medicine’s Savannah campus.

Andrew Edwards, MD, has been named interim chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, where Dr. Edwards currently serves as a professor and vice chair for education.

Robert Milner, PhD, has been appointed senior associate dean for faculty affairs at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, effective July 1. Dr. Milner is associate vice provost for professional development at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Christopher Glembotski, PhD, has been appointed director of the Center of Translational Cardiovascular Research at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix. Dr. Glembotski serves as the director of the San Diego State University Heart Institute.

Richard D’Aquila, MD, has been named director of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and senior associate dean for clinical and translational research, effective June 1. Dr. D’Aquila is the Howard Taylor Ricketts, MD, Professor of Medicine at Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine.

Sam Marzo, MD, has been appointed permanent dean of the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Marzo has been serving in the role of interim dean since January 2019.

Luanne Thorndyke, MD, has been appointed executive vice dean of the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, effective July 1. Dr. Thorndyke currently serves as vice provost for faculty affairs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and is a CFAS school rep.

Susan Naggie, MD, has been named vice dean for clinical research for the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Naggie has served as associate dean for clinical research initiatives and regulatory affairs in the School of Medicine since 2019.

Howard Hu, MD, MPH, ScD, has been named chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, effective July 1. Dr. Hu is the founding dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Mark Harbott, MD, has been named designated institutional official and senior associate dean for graduate medical education at the Baylor College of Medicine’s School of Medicine, effective July 1. Dr. Harbott is associate professor of anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine.

Mary Anne Jackson, MD, has been named dean of the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Jackson has served as interim dean since July 2018.

Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP, has been named chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Sept. 1. Dr. Howell currently serves as a professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Mark Greenwald, PhD, has been appointed the inaugural Gertrude Levin Endowed Chair in Addiction and Pain Biology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Greenwald is associate chair for research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences and also leads the Michigan Collaborative Addiction Resources and Education System efforts at Wayne State University.

Terri Finkel, MD, PhD, has been named associate chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and vice chair of clinical affairs at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Dr. Finkel has previously served as chair of pediatrics and chief scientific officer at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida, and as a tenured professor of pediatrics and biomedical sciences at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.

Camille Edwards has been named public health workforce and community engagement director for the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Edwards previously worked in roles at Indianapolis Healthy Start, Indiana Minority Health Coalition, and Powerful Health.

Barbara J. Stoll, MD, dean of McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, announced her intention to step down effective this summer. Richard J. Andrassy, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery, has been named interim executive dean while a national search gets underway. LaTanya J. Love, MD, vice president of Diversity and Leadership Development, will serve as dean of education in the interim.


Ruth S. Waterman, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Health. Dr. Waterman has served as interim chair of the department since 2018.

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