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The People of Academic Medicine

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

Klaus Ley, MD, and Catherine “Lynn” Hedrick, PhD, have been named co-directors of the new Center for Immunology at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Drs. Hedrick and Ley are faculty members at California’s La Jolla Institute for Immunology.
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Erin Kobetz, PhD, MPH, has been appointed the John K. and Judy H. Schulte senior endowed chair in cancer research at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Kobetz is vice provost for research and scholarship at the University of Miami and associate director for population sciences and cancer disparity at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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Stephen Bogdewic, PhD, has been named senior associate dean for faculty affairs and leadership development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Bogdewic previously served as an executive coach for faculty affairs and leadership development at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
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Pierre Morris, MD, has been named associate dean of Undergraduate Clinical Education at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Dr. Morris joined OUWB in November after 20 years at Wayne State University School of Medicine, where he simultaneously served as founding program director for the WSU School of Medicine Transitional Year Residency Program and director of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences Residency Program.
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Tracy Cothran, MBA, has been named chief operations officer of the Cancer Division at Oklahoma University Health. Cothran previously served as vice president of oncology services at OU Health.
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Diane Hup has been named president of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Hup previously served as chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services and vice president of operations at UPMC Children’s Hospital.
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Rebecca Wilcox, MD, has been appointed associate dean for faculty affairs at the Robert Larner, MD, College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Dr. Wilcox currently serves as vice chair for education in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
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Freeman Hrabowski III will retire from his position as president of University of Maryland Baltimore County on June 30 after 30 years at the helm of UMBC.
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Selwyn Vickers, MD, has been named CEO of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System and CEO of the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent’s Alliance. Dr. Vickers will continue to serve as dean of the University of Alabama School of Medicine.
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Uretz Oliphant, MD, has been named interim dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. A general surgeon, Dr. Oliphant previously served as regional dean of the Urbana division of the medical school.
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The Medical College of Wisconsin announced the formation of the joint MCW/Froedtert Health/Children’s Wisconsin Neuroscience Institute. Shekar Kurpad, MD, PhD, the Sanford J. Larson, MD, PhD, Professor and chair of Neurosurgery at MCW, has been selected as the founding director.
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Tejal Desai, PhD, a professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, has been appointed dean of Brown University’s School of Engineering, effective Sept. 1.
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Panagiotis Kougias, MD, MSc, has been appointed chair of surgery at University Hospital at Downstate Health Sciences University. Dr. Kougias most recently served as an associate division chief or vascular surgery and chief for the VA Vascular Surgery service line at Baylor College of Medicine.
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Bruce Wintroub, MD, is stepping down from his position as chair of the Department of Dermatology at UCSF School of Medicine after more than 36 years in the role. Timothy Berger, MD, a professor of dermatology at UCSF School of Medicine, will serve as interim chair of the department.
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Ivonne Z. Jiménez-Velázquez, MD, has been appointed interim dean of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Jiménez-Velázquez is a professor at the medical school and has served as director of the Department of Internal Medicine since 2011.

Richard DiCarlo, MD, was appointed interim dean of LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine. Dr. DiCarlo has been a faculty member at LSU Health New Orleans Health Sciences Center for 28 years.

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Amit Maity, MD, PhD, has been named professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology for the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Maity is a physician-scientist who currently serves as professor and executive vice chair of radiation oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Cindy Crusto, PhD, has been appointed associate dean for gender equity and director of the Office for Women in Medicine and Science at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Crusto is a professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine.
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Ambroise Wonkam, MD, PhD, has been appointed director of the Department of Genetic Medicine and the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Wonkman previously served as a professor of medical genetics and deputy dean of research and director of GeneMAP (Genetic Medicine of African Populations) at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
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Ralph Mosca, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Dr. Mosca is chief of the Division of Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery and director of the Congenital Heart Center at NYU Langone.
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A.J. Kleinheksel, PhD, has been named assistant dean of the Educational Simulation Program at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Kleinheksel is director of the simulation elective and the continuing medical education certificate series in educational simulation at MCG.
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E. Vanessa Spearman-McCarthy, MD, assistant professor of medicine and psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, has been named associate dean for learner diversity, equity, and inclusion at MCG and Tania Arora, MD, a surgical oncologist in the MCG Department of Surgery, has been named assistant dean. Dr. Spearman-McCarthy also was recently appointed to serve on the AAMC’s Constructing an Equitable, Inclusive, and Anti-racist Learning Environment Working Group.
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Diana Lautenberger has been named as the AAMC’s first-ever director of gender equity initiatives. Lautenberger has been at the AAMC for more than a decade and will continue her work across the association and with AAMC affinity groups as a subject matter expert, including in her work with CFAS and our member societies, as she also represents the AAMC in external collaborations to advance gender equity.

David Chelmow, MD, has been named interim dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and executive vice president for medical affairs at VCU Health. Dr. Chelmow has served as the Leo J. Dunn professor and department chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the VCU School of Medicine since 2010.
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David Shimp has been appointed CEO of HCA North Florida Division's Osceola Regional Medical Center. Shimp previously served as CEO of HCA Healthcare's Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso, Texas.

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Santhosh Koshy, MD, MBA, has been appointed chair of the Department of Medicine at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, effective Feb. 14, 2022. Dr. Koshy previously served as director of Interventional Cardiology, vice chair of the Department of Medicine, chief of medicine, and chief of Cardiovascular Services at the Regional One Health Hospitals and Clinics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine.
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Richard Smith, MD, has been named professor and university chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Smith has served as the interim chair of the department since February 2020.
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Richard Walker III, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UTHSC College of Medicine. Dr. Walker has served as the interim chair of the Emergency Medicine Department since 2016.
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Gerald Arthur Grant, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Duke University School of Medicine, effective April 1, 2022. Dr. Grant previously served as an endowed professor and chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Stanford University.
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Nicholas Bambakidis, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at University Hospitals (UH) Cleveland Medical Center, effective Jan. 1, 2022. He has served as vice president and director of the UH Neurological Institute since 2016.
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Elaine Majerus, MD, PhD, and Stephen Oh, MD, PhD, have been selected to co-lead the Division of Hematology in the Department of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Majerus is a professor of medicine, and Dr. Oh is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, both at WUSTL School of Medicine.
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Tariq Ahmad, MD, MPH, has been appointed director of the Yale Heart Failure Program at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Ahmad is an associate professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine.
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George Weiner, MD, will step down from his role as director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa after 24 years at the helm.
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Katrina Armstrong, MD, has been appointed CEO of Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, effective March 1, 2022. Dr. Armstrong is currently the Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine at Harvard Medical School, professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and chair of the Department of Medicine and physician-in-chief at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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Tom Gronow, EdD, has been appointed president and CEO of University of Colorado Hospital. Dr. Gronow has been serving as interim CEO since August.
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Christopher Seals, PhD, has been named assistant dean for faculty affairs and advancement and as assistant professor in the dean’s office at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Seals previously served as the coordinator of curriculum and assessment for the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and as a tenure track assistant professor of education in the veterinary clinical medicine department.
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Aruna Sarma, PhD, has been appointed assistant dean for research faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Sarma is chief and research professor in the Dow Division of Health Services Research in the Department of Urology at Michigan Medicine.
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Beth Rosemergey, DO, has been appointed chair of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, effective Jan. 10, 2022. Dr. Rosemergey is an associate professor of community and family medicine and currently serves as vice chair of the department.
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Ramesh Narayanan, PhD, MBA, has been named deputy director of the Center for Cancer Research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Narayanan is a professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology in the Department of Medicine in the UTHSC College of Medicine.
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Lawrence Tabak, DDS, PhD, has been named acting director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to temporarily replace outgoing director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, reported MedPage Today. Dr. Tabak has served as the principal deputy director and the deputy ethics counselor of the NIH since 2010. He previously served as the acting principal deputy director of the NIH in 2009 and as director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research from 2000-10. He is former senior associate dean for Research and professor of dentistry and biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Earlier in the year, Dr. Collins announced his decision to end his tenure as the NIH director by the end of 2021. His last day as director will be Dec. 19. 
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Richard Turnage, MD, has been named vice chancellor for regional campuses at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Turnage currently serves as executive associate dean for clinical affairs in the UAMS College of Medicine and is a professor in the college’s Department of Surgery.

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Scott Oliver, MD, has been named the inaugural Vitale-Schlessman endowed chair in retinal diseases at the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center. Dr. Oliver is chief of the Retina Service and director of the Eye Cancer Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
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Aaron Saguil, MD, MPH, has been named chair of the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Saguil is an Army colonel and associate dean for Regional Education-San Antonio for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine.
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Darwin Conwell, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dr. Conwell serves as a professor of medicine with tenure at University Hospital and The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, which are both affiliated with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
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Norman Ferrari, MD, has been named chief academic officer for medical education for West Virginia University School of Medicine’s MD program. Dr. Ferrari is a professor of medical education, pediatrics, and internal medicine at WVU School of Medicine and has served as vice dean for education and academic affairs and founding chair of the Department of Medical Education since 2012.
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Peter Buckley, MD, is resigning his position as dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine to become chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, effective in January. Dr. Buckley has been dean of VCU School of Medicine since 2017 and serves now as an AAMC Board of Directors member.
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Alan Boulos, MD, has been named interim dean of Albany Medical College, effective Jan. 1, 2022. Dr. Boulos is chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, the Herman and Sunny Stall Chair of Endovascular Surgery, founding director of neurovascular surgery, and professor of neurosurgery and radiology at Albany Medical College.
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Richard Isaacson, MD, has been appointed director of the new Center for Brain Health at Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. Dr. Isaacson previously served as director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic in the Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program and assistant dean of faculty development and associate professor of neurology at Weill Cornell Medicine Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian.
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Jennifer Wu, MD, MPH, has been named UNC School of Medicine’s Vice Dean for Academic Affairs effective Jan. 1, 2022. Dr. Wu currently serves as the interim vice dean for Academic Affairs, overseeing the School of Medicine’s educational programs and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development.
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Anand Devaiah, MD, has been elected to the American College of Surgeons’ Board of Governors representing the Fellows in the Society of University Otolaryngologists. Dr. Devaiah is a professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and neurosurgery at the Boston University School of Medicine. The Society of University Otolaryngologists is a CFAS-member society.
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Lisa Archer, RN, has been named chief nursing officer for Mayo Clinic Health System in southwest Wisconsin. Archer previously served as patient care director for The Mother Baby Center at United Hospital and Children’s Minnesota in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
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