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The People of Academic Medicine

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

Amir Mesarwi has been named AAMC’s new chief financial and administrative officer. Bernard Jarvis previously held the role prior to his retirement earlier this month. In his new role, Mesarwi oversees all AAMC financial operations, including the accounting, business services, financial systems, procurement, budget, and payroll functions, in addition to the AAMC’s operating and capital budgets, investment portfolio, and real estate and facilities.
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Yves Lussier, MD, has been named chair of biomedical informatics at University of Utah School of Medicine. Lussier serves as associate vice president for health sciences and chief knowledge officer at University of Utah School of Medicine and is also director for the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics and associate director for informatics at the university’s Bio5 Institute.
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U.S. Army Colonel and Veterinary Medicine Leader Dawn C. Fitzhugh, VMD, MPH, DACLAM, has been named director of program in comparative medicine and veterinary resources and attending veterinarian at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, effective July 1. Fitzhugh has served as an appointed consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General for the specialty of laboratory medicine since 2019.
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The University of Michigan Medical School announced three new leadership changes: Santiago Schnell, DPhil., is chair of the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, effective March 1; Srijan Sen, MD, PhD, is director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, effective Jan. 1; and Henry L. Paulson, MD, PhD, is interim director of the Michigan Neuroscience Institute (MNI), effective March 1.
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Sommer Aldulaimi, MD, has been appointed co-director of the Global and Border Health Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson. Dr. Aldulaimi is associate professor of family and community medicine at the UA College of Medicine Tucson.
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Pamela Ling, MD, MPH, has been appointed director of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. Ling has been on the faculty at UCSF since 2002.
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Lindsay Abernethy, MMSc, has been appointed interim program director of the Master of Medical Science-Physician Assistant Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Abernethy previously served as assistant director of clinical education with the South University Physician Assistant Program in Savannah, Georgia.
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Jill RachBeisel, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Marlyand School of Medicine. Dr. RachBeisel has served as interim chair of the department for the past two years.
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Daniel Hamstra, MD, PhD, has been appointed professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Baylor College of Medicine and Radiation Oncology Lead at the Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Hamstra previously served at the University of Michigan and the William Beaumont Oakland University School of Medicine.
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Claudette Jones Shephard, MD, has been named founding associate dean of diversity and inclusion for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine. Dr. Shephard serves as associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the College of Medicine.
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Michael McDermott, MD, has been named chief of the Division of Neuroscience at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Dr. McDermott serves as chief medical executive of Miami Neuroscience Institute at Baptist Health.
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Samantha Lemus-Martinez has been named director of teaching and learning for the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Dr. Lemus-Martinez has served as interim director of the Student Academic Success Program for the past year.
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President Biden will appoint Susan Orsega, RN, to serve as acting surgeon general, reported the Washington Post. Orsega is an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service corps and an infectious disease specialist.

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Mark Laret announced he will retire from his position as president and chief executive officer of UCSF Health on Dec. 31, 2021. Laret has served at the helm of UCSF Health since 2000, and was chair of the AAMC Board of Directors in 2011-12.
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Michael Manley, RN, named the chancellor’s chief of staff at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Manley previously served as director of clinical services integration and development at the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus.
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Nita Ahuja, MD, MBA, has been appointed interim director of the Yale Cancer Center and physician-in-chief of Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven after Charles S. Fuchs, MD, MPH, announced he will be leaving Yale at the end of February. Dr. Ahuja is the chair of the Department of Surgery at Yale School of Medicine and a CFAS Administrative Board member and school rep from Yale School of Medicine.

Elizabeth Morris, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Radiology at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Morris previously served at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as chief of breast imaging services, professor of radiology at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Larry Norton Endowed Chair.

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Stanley M. Berry, MD, has been named interim chair and Frank P. Iacobell Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Wayne State University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, effective March 15. Dr. Berry is a professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.
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Ebony Boyce Carter, MD, MPH, has been named director of the Division of Clinical Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Carter is a maternal-fetal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology doctor at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
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William Wertheim, MD, was appointed interim dean of Stony Brook University’s Renaissance School of Medicine, effective Feb. 1. Dr. Wertheim currently serves as vice dean for graduate medical education and designated institutional official at the Renaissance School of Medicine.

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John Paul Sánchez, MD, has been named executive associate vice chancellor in the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Dr. Sánchez previously served as assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
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Sherard Tatum, MD, was named chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Upstate Medical University College of Medicine. Dr. Tatum has served as interim chair of the department since April 2018.
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Margaret Maimone, PhD, wasnamed interim chair of cell and developmental biology at Upstate Medical University College of Medicine. Dr. Maimone has been on the faculty of Upstate Medical University for almost 30 years and has served as course director in the College of Health Professions and College of Medicine and as assistant dean of student affairs for College of Medicine Advising.
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Christopher Filippi, MD, was named the Alice Ettinger – Jack R. Dreyfuss Chair of Radiology and chair of the Department of Radiology at the Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Filippi previously served as radiologist-in-chief at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts Children’s Hospital.
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Chaur-Dong Hsu, MD, MPH, was appointed chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, effective March 15. Dr. Hsu previously served as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University School of Medicine.
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Kathryn E. Glas, MD, MBA, was named chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, effective March 8. Dr. Glas is a professor in the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at Emory’s Department of Anesthesiology.
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Paula Termuhlen, MD, has been appointed dean of the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, effective May 1. Dr. Termuhlen previously served as regional dean for the Duluth Campus at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

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Darrin D’Agostino, DO, MPH, has been named provost and chief academic officer at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, effective April 2. Dr. D’Agostino serves as the executive dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and vice provost of health affairs at Kansas City University.
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Eric Perakslis, PhD, has been appointed chief science and digital officer at Duke Clinical Research Institute, effective Feb. 1. Dr. Perakslis previously served as a Rubenstein fellow at Duke University and a lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School.
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Cynthia J. Brown, MD, has been appointed head of the Department for Internal Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine. Dr. Brown is professor of medicine and director of the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care at the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UAB).
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Borden Lacy, PhD, has been named director of the Vanderbilt Center for Structural Biology at the Vanderbilt University. Dr. Lacy has been associate director of the center since 2017.
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Silke Niederhaus, MD, associate professor and transplant surgeon in the Department of Surgery, and Ada Offurum, MD, assistant professor and leader of the Hospitalists Program in the Department of Medicine, will co-lead the University of Maryland School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development as associate dean and assistant dean, respectively.
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Shyoko Honiden, MD, has been named director of the medical intensive care unit at Yale School of Medicine’s Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Honiden previously served as associate professor of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine at the Yale School of Medicine.
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Pedro Falci has been named director of student affairs at Boston University School of Medicine. He previously served at the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground.
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Frank LoVecchio, DO, MPH, has been named medical director of clinical and community translational research at Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions. Dr. LoVecchio holds research scholar professorships at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Creighton University School of Medicine and is also an attending physician in the Department of Medical Toxicology at Banner University Medical Center.
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Amy Waer, MD, has been appointed dean of Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Waer served as interim dean since September 2019.
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Elizabeth “Betsy” Nabel, MD, is stepping down from her position at Brigham Health after 11 years at the helm.
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Caprice Greenberg, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Greenberg, who is the Morgridge distinguished chair in health services research in the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, will begin her new role in the spring.
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Craig van Horne, MD, PhD, has been named chair for the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dr. van Horne most recently served as a professor and vice chair of neurosurgery there.
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James Cook, MD, has been named assistant dean for clinical learning at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Columbia. Cook currently serves as a clinical associate professor of OB-GYN there.
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Dustin Fulton, EdD, has been named assistant dean for admissions in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine.
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Melissa Rethlefsen has been named executive director for the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center at the University of New Mexico. Rethlefsen previously served as associate dean and director of the Health Science Center Libraries at the University of Florida.
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Robin Liston, MPH, has been named executive director of the UAMS Translational Research Institute. Liston previously served as assistant administrative director at Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
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Anindya Dutta, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Genetics at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. Dutta previously served as chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
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Jedan Phillips, MD, has been named associate dean for minority student affairs at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. Dr. Phillips is associate professor of family, population, and preventive medicine at the Renaissance School of medicine.
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Tamas A. Gonda, MD, has been named director of the Pancreatic Disease Program in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at NYU Langone Health. Before joining NYU Langone, Dr. Gonda served on the faculty at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was medical director of the Pancreatic Cyst Surveillance Program, director of endoscopic research, and director of gastroenterology services at the Pancreatic Center.
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Katie Prentice has been named executive director of the Texas Medical Center Library in Houston. Prentice previously served as associate director of the Schusterman Library at the University of Oklahoma - Tulsa.
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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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