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    The People of Academic Medicine

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

    Jonathan Woodson, MD, has been named president of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, effective June 21. Dr. Woodson is professor of surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine and professor of health law, policy, and management at the Boston University School of Public Health.
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    Frederick Chen, MD, MPH, has been named chief health and science officer of the American Medical Association. Dr. Chen previously served as professor and vice chair for clinical services in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
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    Steven Angus, MD, has been named interim chair of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Angus has been a faculty member in UConn’s Department of Medicine since 2001, where he is professor and vice chair for Education in the Department of Medicine and serves as the assistant dean for Graduate Medical Education and as the School of Medicine’s Designated Institutional Official. Dr. Angus also serves as a CFAS school representative from UConn and is a member of the CFAS Administrative Board.

    Rachel Hess, MD, has been named associate vice president for research at University of Utah Health. Dr. Hess is a professor in the departments of Population Health Sciences and Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
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    Ranna Parekh, MD, has been named chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Parekh currently serves as the inaugural chief diversity and inclusion officer at American College of Cardiology.
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    Michael Bowdish, MD, has been appointed vice chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Bowdish previously served as an assistant professor of surgery and the director of mechanical circulatory support in the Department of Surgery at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and the USC CardioVascular Thoracic Institute.
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    Raj Mitra, MD, has been named University of Central Florida College of Medicine’s new associate dean of Clinical Affairs. Dr. Mitra serves as the Senator Robert J. Dole Professor and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center and chief of Clinical Service at Kansas University Hospitals and Clinics in that specialty.
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    David Kanter, MD, has been named medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Howard County General Hospital at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Kanter previously served as the quality improvement chair for pediatrics at Sinai Hospital and is the current neonatal chair of the Maryland Perinatal-Neonatal Quality Collaborative.
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    Daniel Ramzy, MD, PhD, has been appointed professor and chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Ramzy previously served as director of robotic and minimally invasive cardiac surgery and as an associate professor of surgery at Cedars-Sinai.
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    Graciela Gonzalez-Hernandez, PhD, has been named vice chair of the Department of Computational Biomedicine at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Gonzalez-Hernandez previously served as an associate professor of informatics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
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    Pavan Reddy, MD, has been appointed director of the Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Reddy previously served as division chief of hematology-oncology and deputy director of the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center.
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    Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, has been named president of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) for 2022-23. Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber is a professor of medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and the University of Georgia partnership. The AMWA is a new member of CFAS.
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    Barney Graham, MD, PhD, has been named senior advisor for global health equity in the Office of the President and CEO at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Graham previously served as deputy director of the NIH’s Vaccine Research Center and will also be serving at MSM as a professor in the Departments of Medicine, Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Immunology.
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    Hye-Chun Hur, MD, MPH, has been appointed director of gynecology services at NYU Langone Hospital — Brooklyn and vice chair for faculty development in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Dr. Hur previously served as attending physician focusing on gynecologic specialty surgery and associate program director of the minimally invasive gynecologic surgery fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center.
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    Catherine Yang, PhD, has been appointed interim dean of California Northstate University College of Medicine. She recently served as vice president of academic affairs and associate dean of medical education at the medical college. Dr. Yang previously served as interim dean of the medical school from September 2021 to February 2022.
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    Bobby Miller, MD, has been appointed interim dean of Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, effective July 1. Dr. Miller serves as vice dean of medical education. He succeeds Joseph Shapiro, MD, who has served as dean of the medical school since 2012 and will assume a tenured faculty position there.
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    Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, has been named chair of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine Department of Surgery. She will begin her work in the role on Aug. 15. Dr. Greenberg is a recently appointed CFAS society rep from the American Surgical Association Foundation.
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    Christina Harris, MD, has been named vice president and chief health equity officer for Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Harris previously served as associate program director in the UCLA Internal Medicine Residency Program and as associate vice chair of equity, diversity, and inclusion for the UCLA Department of Medicine.
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    Roma Gianchandani, MD, has been appointed medical director of diabetes quality and vice chair of quality and innovation at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Gianchandani is a clinical professor of internal medicine and endocrinology at Cedars-Sinai.
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    Frank Smart, MD, has been appointed inaugural associate dean for clinical innovation and investigation at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine. Dr. Smart is the section chief of cardiology and director of the heart and vascular service line in the LSU Department of Medicine at University Medical Center.
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    David Stepp, PhD, has been appointed director of the University System of Georgia at Augusta University’s MD-PhD program. Dr. Stepp is Leon Henri Charbonnier endowed chair in Physiology at the Medical College of Georgia’s Vascular Biology Center.
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    Heide Ford, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, effective June 15. Dr. Ford is professor of pharmacology at the medical school.
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    Patricia Finn, MD, has been named dean of the University of the New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Finn is a professor and head of the Department of Medicine and associate dean for strategic initiatives at the UNM School of Medicine.
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    Amy Murtha, MD, has been appointed dean of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School effective this August. Dr. Murtha serves as professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. She will succeed Robert Johnson, MD, who has served as interim dean of the medial school since September 2019. Dr. Johnson will continue to serve as dean of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
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    Christopher King, PhD, MHSc, has been named dean of the Georgetown University School of Health when it launches on July 1. Dr. King is associate professor and chair of the Department of Health Systems Administration at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies.
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    Bruce Gelb, MD, has been appointed dean for child health research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Gelb is the Gogel Family Professor of the Child Health and Development Institute and also holds professorships in pediatrics and genetics and genomic sciences at ISMMS.
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    Amanda Simanek, PhD, MPH, has been named founding director of the Michael Reese Research and Education Foundation Center for Health Equity Research at Rosalind Franklin University. Dr. Simanek is a social epidemiologist and an associate professor in the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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    Peter Burke, MD, will step down from his position as chief of acute care and trauma surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine at the end of June. Dr. Burke has served as chief since 2008 and is succeeded by Tracey Dechert, MD, an associate professor of surgery at Boston University.
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    Norma Ojeda, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Advanced Biomedical Education at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine, effective July 1. Dr. Ojeda is professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Pediatrics at the UMMC Medical School.

    Wael Sakr, MD, has been appointed dean of the Wayne State University School of Medicine, effective May 16. Dr. Sakr has served as interim dean since March 1.
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    Alan Boulos, MD, has been named dean of Albany Medical College. Dr. Boulos, a longtime neurosurgeon and the inaugural chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the school, has served as interim dean since January.
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    Maria Sheakley, PhD, has been named associate dean for student affairs at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Dr. Sheakley is a professor of physiology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at WMed.
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    Eric Lenze, MD, has been named head of the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, effective Aug. 1. Dr. Lenze is the Wallace and Lucille Renard Professor of Psychiatry at the school.
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    Peter Konrad, MD, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Neurosurgery within the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Konrad is interim chair of the department.
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    Oliver Karam, MD, PhD, has been appointed section chief of critical care medicine for the Department of Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine and chief of pediatric critical care for Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, effective July 1. Dr. Karam previously served as the John Mickell Endowed Professor of Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University.
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    Aron Sousa, MD, has been appointed dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Sousa has served as interim dean since November 2019.
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    Wright Lassiter III has been appointed CEO of Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health, effective Aug. 1. Lassiter has led Henry Ford Health as its CEO since 2016.
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    Michael Forbes, MD, has been named chief academic officer at Akron Children’s Hospital. Dr. Forbes is professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University.
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    Karl Bilimoria, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Bilimoria is a surgical oncologist at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago and also serves as professor of surgery and vice chair for quality in the Department of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
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    Denise Monack, PhD, professor in the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, has been appointed department chair. Dr. Monack, the Martha Meier Weiland professor of the school of medicine, has served as associate chair of the department since 2019.
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    Geoffrey Curran, PhD, has been appointed the inaugural endowed chair in pharmacy practice innovation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Curran is professor of pharmacy practice in the UAMS College of Pharmacy and director of the UAMS Center for Implementation Research.
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    John Rich, MD, MPH, has been appointed inaugural director of Rush University System for Health BMO Institute for Health Equity, effective July 1. Dr. Rich most recently served as professor of health management and policy at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University.
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    Steven Lisco, MD, has been appointed chief academic officer of Nebraska Medicine and senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Lisco is chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at UNMC.
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    Simon Lee, PhD, MPH, has been appointed chair and Sosland Family Professor in Preventive Medicine in the Department of Population Health at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, effective July 1. Dr. Lee previously served as professor with tenure at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
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    Lisa Schocket, MD, has been appointed interim chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Osamah Saeedi, MD, has been appointed vice chair of the department. Drs. Schocket and Saeedi are both associate professors of ophthalmology at UMSOM.
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    Alyssa Panitch, PhD, Edward Teller Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, has been selected as the new chair of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. Dr. Panitch serves as executive associate dean of academic personnel and planning in the College of Engineering at UC Davis.
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    Erica Friedman, MD, deputy dean and professor in the Department of Medical Education and Office of Academic Affairs at CUNY School of Medicine, has been named vice dean for educational affairs at Penn State College of Medicine, effective Aug. 1.
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    Mark Gladwin, MD, has been appointed the new dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs, effective Aug. 1. Dr. Gladwin is the Jack D. Myers distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and founder of the Pittsburgh Heart, Lung, Blood, and Vascular Medicine Institute.
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    After almost 20 years of service to the AAMC and academic medicine, Elisa K. Siegel, AAMC chief communications and marketing officer, will retire June 30. Susan Cato, AAMC senior director of digital communications, will serve as the interim leader for communications and marketing while the association conducts a search for a successor.

    José Franco, MD, has been appointed senior associate dean for education in the School of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Dr. Franco currently serves as MCW’s interim senior associate dean for academic affairs.

    Matthew Gentry, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Gentry currently serves the Antonio S. Turco professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
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    Roberto Caricchio, MD, has been named the Myles J. McDonough chair in rheumatology at the University of Massachusetts T.H. Chan School of Medicine. Dr. Caricchio previously served as a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine at UMass Chan SOM. Also at UMass Chan, Michelle Kelliher, PhD, a professor of molecular, cell, and cancer biology at the medical school, was appointed the inaugural recipient of the Our Danny Cancer Fund Chair in Biomedical Research.
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    Kori Flower, MD, MPH, has been appointed division chief for General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, effective July 15. Dr. Flower serves as a professor of pediatrics at the UNC Chapel Hill SOM.
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    Wayne A.I. Frederick, MD, MBA, will retire from his position as president of Howard University by June 2024. Dr. Frederick has been a student and faculty member at the historically Black campus for decades and was appointed president in 2013.
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