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The People of Academic Medicine

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

Cynthia Brincat, MD, PhD, has been named interim dean of Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Brincat is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rush Medical College.
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Yolanda Haywood, MD, has been named senior associate dean for diversity and faculty affairs at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Haywood has most recently served at the GW SMHS as senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion since 2017 and interim senior associate dean for faculty affairs since 2019.
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Robert Miller, PhD, has been appointed vice dean for research and academic affairs at the GW SMHS. Dr. Miller has been serving in this role on an interim basis since early 2020.
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Larissa Rodríguez, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Urology at Weill Cornell Medicine and urologist-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, effective Jan. 1. Dr. Rodríguez is a professor of urology and obstetrics and gynecology, vice chair of academics, and director of the Division of Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.
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Maryellen Gusic, MD, has been named senior associate dean of education at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Dr. Gusic has served in senior-level administrative positions on the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine, and is a former chief medical education officer at the AAMC.
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Martin Katzenstein, MD, has been appointed assistant dean for clinical affiliations at the New York Medical College, where he is associate professor of pediatrics.
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Nathan Carlin, PhD, has been named director of the John P. McGovern MD Center for Humanities and Ethics at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, effective Nov. 1. Dr. Carlin is professor and Samuel E. Karff DHL Chair of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics.
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Oren Becher, MD, has been appointed chief of the Jack Martin Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, the Steven Ravitch Chair in Pediatric Hematology, and professor of pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Becher joins the ISMMS where he served on the faculty in the department of pediatrics and the department of biochemistry and molecular genetics.
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Richard McIndoe, PhD, has been appointed director of the Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. McIndoe is a bioinformatics expert who has served for nearly two decades as associate director of the Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine.
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Harold “Hal” Paz, MD, MS, has been named executive vice president for health sciences at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, effective Oct. 4. Dr. Paz is executive vice president and chancellor for health affairs at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and chief executive officer for the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.
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Dan Lundergan, MHA, has been appointed CEO of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics. Mr. Lundergan is COO at University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics, and has served as interim CEO since February.
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Shiva Bidar-Sielaff has been named the inaugural associate dean for diversity and equity transformation for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Bidar-Sielaff is also the UW Health Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and this is an expansion of her role.
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Brian Pogue, PhD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Medical Physics at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Pogue has served as a professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering at Dartmouth College for 25 years.
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Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine has announced two new leadership appointments. Amalia Landa-Galindez, MD, will serve as interim chair of the Department of Translational Medicine. In addition to her new role, she will continue serving as division chief for Internal Medicine and Internal Medicine clerkship director. Dr. Landa-Galindez is a CFAS representative from HWCOM. And Jorge Camilo Mora, MD, has been named associate dean for Faculty Affairs. In this role, Dr. Mora will develop department-specific promotion guidelines and build on existing faculty career development programs.
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Matthew Layne, PhD, has been named assistant dean for research at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Layne is associate professor of biochemistry at Boston University.
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Edward Kaftan, PhD, has been appointed associate Cancer Center director for Research Affairs at Yale Cancer Center, effective Jan. 1. Dr. Kaftan is assistant Cancer Center director for translational science at Yale Cancer Center.
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Lisa Pino has been appointed director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights. Pino is a former senior executive official appointed by President Barack Obama and most recently served as the New York State Department of Health's Executive Deputy Commissioner.
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Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, has been named president and dean of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, executive vice president, and chief academic officer, effective Jan. 1, 2022. She succeeds Steven Scheinman, MD, who has served as president and dean of the college since 2012. Dr. Scheinman is set to retire at the end of this year. A professor of pediatrics, Dr. Byerley has been with UNC School of Medicine since 2002, serving recently as vice dean for academic affairs. Since January 2021, she has also served as interim dean of the UNC Adams School of Dentistry.
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Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, has been appointed president and CEO of The Joint Commission, effective March 1, 2022. Dr. Perlin will continue his role as clinical operations and chief medical officer at HCA Healthcare in Nashville, Tennessee, through the end of the year.
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Margaret Pastuszko has been named president and chief operating officer of Mount Sinai Health System, making her the first woman president of a large academic health system in New York, according to Modern Healthcare. Pastuszko previously served as executive vice president, chief operating officer, and chief strategy officer at Mount Sinai Health System.
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Adhi Sharma, MD, has been appointed president of Mount Sinai South Nassau. Dr. Sharma previously served as the hospital’s chief medical officer and executive vice president for clinical and professional affairs.
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Jeannine Grinnell has been named chief executive officer at Valley Medical Center, which is a University of Washington Medicine hospital. Grinnell has served as interim CEO since January.
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Another UW Medicine hospital, Harborview Medical Center, appointed a woman as CEO. Sommer Kleweno Walley, who previously served as senior associate administrator for surgical, emergent, integrated clinical services, has been named president of the hospital.
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Shiva Bidar-Sielaff has been named the inaugural associate dean for diversity and equity transformation for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Bidar-Sielaff previously served as vice president of community partnerships for UW Health and as UW Health chief diversity officer.
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Brian Pogue, PhD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Medical Physics at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Pogue has been a professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering there for 25 years.
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Francis Chan, MD, FAAP, FACP, has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Chan joined the Loma Linda faculty in 2005, currently serves as associate professor of medicine and pediatrics, and previously served as vice chair for the Department of Pediatrics.
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Julia Cron, MD, has been appointed chief and vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, effective Oct. 1.
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Stanton “Stan” L. Gerson, MD, has been named dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and senior vice president for medical affairs of the university effective Oct. 1. Dr. Gerson has served as interim dean since July 1, 2020. Dr. Gerson additionally has served as director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center since 2004 and has been a medical school faculty member since 1983.
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Melissa Piasecki, MD, has been named acting dean of the University of Nevada, Reno, (UNR) School of Medicine and chief academic officer for Renown Health. Dr. Piasecki is a professor of psychiatry and previously served as executive associate dean of UNR School of Medicine.
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Mark Sevco, MBA, MHA, has been appointed president of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Hospitals, and Joon Lee, MD, has been appointed president of UPMC Physician Services. Sevco currently serves as president of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Dr. Lee serves as senior vice president of UPMC.
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Amy Perry will join Banner Health as president and chief operating officer on Nov. 1, assuming the role held by Becky Kuhn, who retires on Nov. 3. Perry joins Banner from New Jersey-based Atlantic Health System, where she served as executive vice president of integrated care delivery and CEO of the Hospital Division.
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Ian Hoppe, MD, has been appointed surgeon-in-chief at Children’s of Mississippi as of Sept. 1. Dr. Hoppe will continue to lead the pediatric craniofacial plastic surgery team at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
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Cooper Medical School of Rowan University appointed Amit R. T. Joshi, MD, as associate dean for graduate medical education and Andrew Nyce, MD, as assistant dean for GME.
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Sheritta Strong, MD, has been named assistant vice chancellor of inclusion at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Strong has served as director of inclusion since July 2020 and had been interim director since February 2020.
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Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH, MBA, has been appointed senior vice president of Northwell Health’s Medicine Service Line. Dr. Ibrahim will also serve as chair of the Department of Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Dr. Ibrahim has been a CFAS school representative for Weill Cornell Medicine.
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Kelly Brown, MBA, has been named interim associate dean and chief information officer for the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (SOM). Brown has served as director of client services and support there since 2017.
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Yolanda Scarlett, MD, has been named director for underrepresented trainee access and success at the UNC Chapel Hill SOM’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Dr. Scarlett is a graduate of the UNC Department of Internal Medicine Residency and Gastroenterology Fellowship.
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David Brown, MD, has been named president of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and executive vice president at Mass General Brigham, effective Sept. 8. Dr. Brown currently serves as chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at MGH, interim president of Cooley Dickinson Health Care, and the MGH Trustees professor of emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Brown succeeds Peter Slavin, MD, who has served as hospital president since 2003.
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David Jacoby, MD, has been appointed interim dean of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine, effective Oct. 1. Dr. Jacoby is currently professor and chair of medicine there.
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King Li, MD, MBA, the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of Carle Illinois College of Medicine, is retiring after serving at the helm for five years.
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Susan Gurley, MD, PhD, has been appointed interim chair of medicine at OHSU School of Medicine. Dr. Gurley is currently associate professor and division head of nephrology and hypertension there.
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William Steinbach, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Pediatrics and associate dean for child health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and pediatrician-in-chief of Arkansas Children’s, effective Jan. 15, 2022. Dr. Steinbach is currently the Samuel L. Katz distinguished professor of pediatrics, a professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Duke University.
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Jane Gibson, PhD, has been appointed associate dean for faculty affairs, and Annette Khaled, PhD, has been appointed assistant dean for faculty affairs at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Gibson is currently a tenured professor of pathology and serves as chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences there, and Dr. Khaled is a tenured professor of medicine there who also serves as head of the Division of Cancer Research at the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences.
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Wendy Maury, PhD, has been appointed to the Mark Stinski chair in virology at the University of Iowa (UI) Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Maury is currently a professor of microbiology and immunology there.
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Alexander Bassuk, MD, PhD, has been named chair and departmental executive officer of the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics in the Carver College of Medicine and physician-in-chief of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bassuk currently serves as a professor in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics and is director of the department’s Division of Pediatric Neurology.
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Kalpaj Parekh, MBBS, has been appointed interim chair and departmental executive officer of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Carver College of Medicine. Parekh has led the Department of Surgery’s cardiothoracic surgery division since 2016.
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Mohammed Kazimuddin, MD, has been named associate dean for graduate medical education at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s Bowling Green Campus. Dr. Kazimuddin currently serves as assistant dean for undergraduate medical education at the Bowling Green Campus.
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