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The People of Academic Medicine

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

George Macones, MD, has been appointed interim dean of University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School effective Sept. 1. Dr. Macones serves as chair of the Department of Women’s Health and is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Macones succeeds S. Claiborne “Clay” Johnston, MD, PhD.
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Dino Rumoro, DO, MPH, has been appointed interim dean of Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Rumoro previously served as interim dean at the medical school from 2019-2020 and recently started as the president and CEO of Rush Oak Park Hospital.
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Thomas L. Schwenk, MD, announced plans to step down as dean and vice president of health sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, effective Aug. 31. Dr. Schwenk has served at the helm of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine for a decade.
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Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Health. Dr. Gyamfi-Bannerman previously served as the Ellen Jacobson Levine and Eugene Jacobson Professor and vice chair for faculty development in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
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Jeff LaRochelle, MD, MPH, has been named associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Dr. LaRochelle previously served as professor of medicine and assistant dean for medical education at UCF.
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David Diller, MD, MHPE, has been named assistant dean for clinical curriculum at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Tanisha Price-Johnson, PhD, has been named associate dean for student affairs at the Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Diller previously served as fellowship director for the LAC+USC Medical Education Fellowship and Dr. Price-Johnson previously served as associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine.
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Tristram G. Parslow, MD, PhD, has been named associate director of the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. Dr. Parslow is the William Patterson Timmie Professor and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of Emory University School of Medicine.

Marla Keller, MD, has been named director of the Harold and Muriel Block Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System. The institute is funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Keller also will serve as principal investigator for the CTSA program. Dr. Keller is vice chair for research in the department of medicine at Einstein and Montefiore and professor of medicine and of obstetrics & gynecology and women's health.

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Beverly Johnson-Wells has been appointed associate director of research for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Rural Research Network and UAMS Regional Programs. Johnson-Wells joined UAMS from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where she held research administration and management positions in clinical research and community outreach.
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Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD, has been named Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare. Dr. Seshamani’s most recent role was vice president of clinical care transformation at MedStar Health.

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Steven Shapiro, MD, has been appointed interim dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Shapiro currently serves as senior vice president for health affairs at USC.
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S. Claiborne “Clay” Johnston, MD, PhD, has announced plans to step down as dean of University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. Dr. Johnston has served as the dean of the medical school since 2015 and plans on staying on as dean in the short term to help ensure a smooth transition.
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KMarie King, MD, MBA, has been named chair of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Surgery at Albany Med, effective Sept. 1. Dr. King currently serves as a professor of surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine and chief of surgery and medical director for surgical quality at Grady Memorial Hospital. She is the first Black woman to serve as chair of surgery at an academic medical center in the United States.
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The Thomas Jefferson University Board of Trustees elected Patricia D. Wellenbach as the governing board chair, marking the first time in the school’s 197-year history that a woman will serve in that leadership role. Wellenbach, who is president and CEO of the Please Touch Museum, a children’s museum in Philadelphia, started her career as a registered nurse.
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Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH, has been named chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, effective Oct. 1. Dr. Muramoto previously served as chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
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Matt Mauro, MD, has been named interim chair of the University of North Carolina Department of Surgery effective, Aug. 23. Dr. Mauro serves as president of UNC Faculty Physicians and senior executive, Revenue Cycle for UNC Health. He previously served as chair of the Department of Radiology from 2007 to 2019, and has been a member of the UNC School of Medicine faculty since 1982.
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Mercer University School of Medicine announced several staffing changes and promotions, including several positions related to a newly opened Office of Student Affairs and Student Support Services, which will house a new office for underrepresented in medicine (URiM) students. Wanda Thomas will serve as chief diversity officer, senior director of underrepresented in medicine, among other new hires and promotions.
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Kate Flewelling has been appointed director of the Alumni Medical Library at Boston University School of Medicine. Flewelling previously served as executive director of the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region.
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José Antonio Capriles-Quirós, MD, MPH, has been named dean for the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine, effective July 1, 2021. Dr. Capriles-Quirós recently served as the associate dean of academic affairs, director of the Office of Accreditation and Licensing, and president of the Steering Committee of the Self-study for accreditation of the Middle States on Higher Education (MSCHE).
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Vincent Verdile, MD, has announced plans to retire as dean of Albany Medical College, effective Dec. 31, 2021. Dr. Verdile has served as dean of the medical school since 2000 and will remain at the Albany Medical Center as dean emeritus.
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K. Alicia Schulhof has been named president of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, effective July 26. Schulhof previously served as president of Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.
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Jim Hinton will retire from his position as CEO of Baylor Scott & White at the end of the year. Baylor Scott & White president Pete McCanna will take over his position on Jan. 1, 2022. Hinton has led the health system since 2017.
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David Shoham, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health. Dr. Shoham previously served as an associate professor and director of the Institute of Public Health, Public Health Programs, and the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program at Loyola University Chicago.
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Amber Barnato, MD, MPH, has been named director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. Dr. Barnato is the Susan J. and Richard M. Levy Distinguished Professor in Health Care Delivery at the Geisel School of Medicine.
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Cynthia Wolberger, PhD, has been appointed director of the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Wolberger is professor of biophysics and biophysical chemistry at the School of Medicine and leads a laboratory that focuses on proteins that package DNA into bundles within a cell.
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Christy J.W. Ledford, PhD, has been named Curtis G. Hames, MD, Distinguished Chair in Family medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at August University. Dr. Ledford is a professor and research director in the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia.
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David Steward, MD, has been named Helen Bernice Broidy Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, effective July 1, 2021. Dr. Steward is currently a professor in the department, with joint appointments in the departments of Internal Medicine and Surgery. Since July 2020, he has also served as vice chair of clinical affairs. Additionally, he has served as director of the Division of Thyroid/Parathyroid Disorders since 2004 and director of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery since 2016.
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Carolyn M. D’Ambrosio, MS, MD, has been named vice chief for fellowship training, and the pulmonary, critical care fellowship program director on July 1 at Yale School of Medicine. Before joining Yale, Dr. D’Ambrosio was associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and director of the pulmonary disease and critical care medicine fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
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Michael Waldrum, MD, MBA, has been named dean of Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University effective July 1, 2021. He will continue to serve in his role as CEO of Vidant Health in addition to this new appointment. Dr. Waldrum is also the current chair-elect of the AAMC’s Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH), and serves on the AAMC Board of Directors.
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Helen Boucher, MD, has been named interim dean for Tufts University School of Medicine and chief academic officer for Wellforce, effective July 1. Dr. Boucher is chief of the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center, professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, and a director of the Stuart B. Levy Center for Integrated Management of Antimicrobial Resistance (Levy CIMAR).
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Jack Resneck Jr., MD, has been named president-elect of the American Medical Association and will assume the presidency of the AMA in June 2022. Dr. Resneck is vice chair and professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, with a joint appointment at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.
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Julio Aguirre-Ghiso, PhD, has been named founding director of the Cancer Dormancy and Tumor Microenvironment Institute and director of the Gruss-Lipper Biophotonics Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System, effective Oct. 1. Dr. Aguirre-Ghiso is an Endowed Mount Sinai Professor of Cancer Biology in the departments of medicine, otolaryngology, and oncological sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
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Darrel S. Brodke, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine and CEO of Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Services for University of Utah Health, effective July 1. Dr. Brodke serves as executive vice-chair of the department.
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Mansour A. Parsi, MD, MPH, MBA, has been named the Hyman Professor of Medicine, chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, effective July 1. Dr. Parsi has most recently served as the chief of the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Tulane University’s School of Medicine.
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Rebecca Stetzer, MD, has been appointed assistant dean for Competency Based Assessment at Albany Medical College. Dr. Stetzer is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Albany Medical College.
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Vicki Curtis, RN, has been appointed director of women’s services for University of South Alabama Health Children’s and Women’s Hospital. Curtis previously served as a manager in the labor and delivery departments at USA Health and Thomas Hospital.
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Melina Kibbe, MD, has been named dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and chief health affairs officer for UVA Health. Dr. Kibbe serves as the Colin G. Thomas Jr. Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
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Charles Griffith III has been named acting dean of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, effective July 1. Dr. Griffith serves as a professor of medicine and pediatrics and vice dean for education at the UK College of Medicine.
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