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The People of Academic Medicine

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

Mantosh Dewan, MD, has been named president of the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University. Dewan has served as interim president of SUNY Upstate since November 2018.
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Serpil Erzurum, MD, has been appointed chief research and academic officer at Cleveland Clinic and Donald Malone Jr., MD, has been named president of Ohio Hospitals and Family Health Centers. Dr. Erzurum has served as chair of the Lerner Research Institute of Cleveland Clinic since 2016 and Dr. Malone serves as president of Lutheran Hospital.
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Katherine Julian, MD, has been named associate dean for graduate medical education at the University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) School of Medicine, effective Jan. 1. Dr. Julian is a professor of medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine.
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Susan Goldsmith, MD, has been appointed associate dean for student affairs at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, effective Jan. 1. Dr. Goldsmith is assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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Barbara Gordon will retire from her position as executive director of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) in early 2021. She has served as executive director of the ASBMB since 2003. The ASBMB is a CFAS member society.
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Wendy Horton, PharmD, MBA, has been named CEO of UVA Medical Center, reported Modern Healthcare. She will begin her new role Nov. 15.

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Tony Avellino, MD, has been appointed assistant vice president for health sciences and chief clinical and medical officer at Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Avellino has served as assistant provost for student health, wellness and safety, chief medical officer, and interim director of athletic medicine at MSU since 2018.
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Adam Bass, MD, has been appointed founding director of the Center for Precision Cancer Medicine and director of gastrointestinal oncology at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian, effective Jan. 1. Dr. Bass is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a faculty member of the cancer program at the Broad Institute, and a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
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Steven L. Bernstein, MD, has been appointed chief research officer and associate dean of clinical research at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Bernstein serves as professor and vice chair of research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and professor of public health (chronic disease epidemiology) in the Yale School of Public Health.
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David C. Adams, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Anesthesia at Indiana University School of Medicine, effective Jan. 1. Dr. Adams currently serves as executive vice chair of Montefiore Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology and professor of anesthesiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
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McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston named eight faculty members as inaugural vice chairs for diversity and inclusion: Omonele O. Nwokolo, MD; Yolanda R. Villarreal, PhD; Omowunmi Aibana, MD, MPH; Nicole R. Gonzales, MD; Syed S. Hashmi, MD, MPH, PhD; Elaheh Ashtari, PsyD; Louis A. Faillace, MD; Rodrick C. Zvavanjanja, MD; and Ritha M. Belizaire, MD.
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Peter Rosenquist, MD, has been named Leon Henri Charbonnier Endowed Chair in Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Rosenquist previously served at the Medical College of Georgia as the executive vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior.
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Maurice M. Solis, MD, has been appointed senior associate dean for the Mercer University School of Medicine’s Columbus campus. Dr. Solis is a professor of surgery at the Mercer University School of Medicine.
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Matthew Ogrodnik has been appointed director of the joint Boston University Medical Campus/Boston Medical Center (BUMC/BMC) Office of Research Affairs, effective Dec. 24. Ogrodnik previously served as director of the joint BUMC/BMC institutional review board.
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Stephen Ray Mitchell, MD, MBA, has received the 2020 LCME Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Mitchell is a former chair of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and dean emeritus at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.
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Duane Mezwa, MD, has been named the Stephan Sharf dean of Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Dr. Mezwa, a former CFAS rep, has served as interim dean since February 2019.
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The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation, in partnership with the New York Academy of Medicine, will recognize Vivian Pinn, MD, with the presentation of the Alma Dea Morani, MD Renaissance Woman Award. In addition to accepting the award, she will deliver remarks titled “Women in Academic Medicine: Leadership and Intersectionality Matter.” Dr. Pinn was a plenary presenter on gender equity in academic medicine at the most recent in-person CFAS spring meeting in Atlanta. The free event will take place via Zoom on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. Registration is required.
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Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, chancellor of the University of Nebraska, will step aside from the university and take on the role of systemwide executive vice president and provost on July 1, 2021, retaining his role as chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
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Jabbar Bennett, PhD, has been named vice president and chief diversity officer at Michigan State University. Dr. Bennett most recently served as associate provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Northwestern University.
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Keith Choate, MD, PhD, has been appointed inaugural associate dean for physician-scientist development at the Yale School of Medicine, effective Dec. 1. Dr. Choate is a professor of dermatology, pathology, and genetics; director of research for the Department of Dermatology; and co-director of the Department of Dermatology’s physician-scientist development program at the Yale School of Medicine.
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Glenn Flores, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Flores previously served as director of the Health Services Research Institute at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and professor of pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
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Coleen Cunningham, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California (UC), Irvine, School of Medicine and senior vice president and pediatrician-in-chief for CHOC Children’s, effective March 1, 2021. Dr. Cunningham previously served as professor, chief of the Division of Global Health, and vice chair for research in the Department of Pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine.
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Kristen Kelly, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Dermatology at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Kelly has served as a dermatologist and professor at the UC Irvine School of Medicine for more than 20 years.
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Ali Baaj, MD, has been appointed inaugural chief of spine surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix and Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix. Dr. Baaj previously served as associate professor of neurological surgery and co-director of the Spinal Deformity and Scoliosis Program at Weill Cornell Medicine Medical College.
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Cristin Gavin, PhD, has been named assistant dean for undergraduate biomedical programs at the University of Alabama (UAB) School of Medicine. Dr. Gavin currently serves as an assistant professor in the Departments of Neurobiology and Psychology at the UAB School of Medicine.
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Colleen Koch, MD, has been named dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine, becoming the first woman to hold the appointment in the school’s 64-year history. Dr. Koch is the Mark C. Rogers professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine, and she is also anesthesiologist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was additionally an AAMC Council of Deans Fellow in the 2018-19 program year. Dr. Koch succeeds J. Adrian Tyndall, MD, who has served as interim dean of the medical school since July 2018 and is a former CFAS representative. Dr. Koch will begin her new role in Florida on Jan. 10, 2021.
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Wayne Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, has been named chair of the New York Academy of Medicine’s Board of Trustees. Riley is president of the State University of New York Downstate Health Sciences University.
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Glenn Flores, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Flores is currently the director of the Health Services Research Institute at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
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The chair of the AAMC’s Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR), Allison Webb, MD, has won the 2020 International Resident Leadership Award. Webb is a Captain in the U.S. Army and a recent graduate from the combined internal medicine – psychiatry program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
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Aditi Sharma, MD, a dermatology resident at the University of California, Irvine, has received the 2020 ORR Community Service Recognition Award for producing more than 20,000 face shields and 10,000 masks.
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David Wilkes, MD, dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

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Fernando Ferrer, MD, has been appointed chief operating officer of Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital, vice chair of hospital operations in the Department of Pediatrics, and network medical director for pediatric services for the Mount Sinai Health System. Dr. Ferrer previously served as surgeon-in-chief and senior vice president at Omaha Children’s Hospital and professor of surgery and cell biology at the University of Nebraska.
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Kristen M. Kelly, MD, has been named chair for the University of California (UC), Irvine, School of Medicine Department of Dermatology, effective Sept. 6, 2020. A faculty member at UC Irvine, Dr. Kelly is also past president and board member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
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Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University made several new leadership announcements: Gary Cohen, MD, has been appointed the Herbert M. Stauffer chair in diagnostic imaging; Thomas Fekete, MD, has been appointed the Thomas M. Durant chair in medicine; Enrique Hernandez, MD, has been appointed the J. Robert Willson chair in obstetrics and gynecology; Karen Lin, MD, has been appointed the Abraham Roth chair in preventative medicine; and Henry Parkman, MD, has been appointed the Stanley H. Lorber chair in gastroenterology.
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Kelvin Lee, MD, has been named director of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Lee will also hold the titles of senior associate dean of cancer research at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the H.H. Gregg professor of oncology. He previously served as the Jacobs Family chair in immunology at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York.
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Richard Redett, MD, has been appointed director of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Redett has served as the department’s interim director since February 2019.
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Rosemarie L. Fisher, MD, professor emerita of medicine, emerita director of Resident/Fellow Well-being, and Title IX Deputy Coordinator in the Office of the Provost, is the inaugural recipient of the newly established American College of Physicians (ACP) Connecticut Chapter Female Physician Leadership Award. Dr. Fisher is a past chair of CFAS and a past member of the AAMC Board of Directors. She is a CFAS representative from the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine. ACP is a CFAS member society.
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Thomas J. Fuchs, DSc, has been named dean of artificial intelligence and human health and co-director of the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Health at Mount Sinai and professor of computational pathology and computer science in the Department of Pathology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Fuchs previously served as director of the Warren Alpert Center for Digital and Computational Pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and associate professor at Weill Cornell Graduate School for Medical Sciences.
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Mark Hamrick, PhD, has been named senior associate dean for research at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Hamrick is the principal investigator on a $1.2 million grant from the Department of the Army and a principal investigator for an $11.2 million NIH Program Project grant.
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Erica Taylor, MD, has been named assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Taylor previously served as pediatrics clerkship director at the school.
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David Hinkle, MD, has been named the Oliver and Carroll Dabezies Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology at the Tulane School of Medicine. Dr. Hinkle returns to Tulane from West Virginia University School of Medicine, where he served as an associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences.
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Ahmed A. Sallam, MD, PhD, an eye inflammation and retinal specialist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, has been invested with the John W. Nutt Chair in Ophthalmology. Dr. Sallam is director of the uveitis service, associate professor of ophthalmology, and director of the ophthalmology residency program.
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Vikas Dharnidharka, MD, and Margaret Lozovatsky, MD, have been appointed vice chair of clinical investigation and vice chair of clinical informatics, respectively, of the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Dharnidharka is a professor of pediatrics, and Dr. Lozovatsky is an associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of Hospitalist Medicine at the school.
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Manish A. Parikh, MD, has been named chief of cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Dr. Parikh has served as an associate professor of medicine, associate director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory, and director of business development at the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center for the past 10 years.
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