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

Badrinath Konety, MBBS, MBA, has been appointed dean of Rush Medical College, effective July 1. Dr. Konety serves as associate dean for innovation at University of Minnesota Medical School.

Daniel Yoshor, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Neurosurgery in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and vice president of clinical integration and innovation for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Dr. Yoshor serves as the Marc J. Shapiro Endowed Professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine.

Hasan Alam, MD, has been named the Loyal and Edith Davis Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, effective Sept. 1. Dr. Alam is the Norman W. Thompson Professor of Surgery and section head for general surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Paul Diamond, MD, has been appointed the Catherine and Vladislav P. Hinterbuchner Professor and Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York Medical College and director of rehabilitation medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan. Dr. Diamond previously served as director of neuro-rehabilitation and associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Virginia Health System.

Robert Ryu, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Radiology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, effective May 1. Dr. Ryu serves as the Dr. David A. Kumpe Chair and Division Chief of Interventional Radiology in the Department of Radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Jonathan Holmes, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, effective July 31. Dr. Holmes serves as the Joseph E. and Rose Marie Green Professor of Visual Sciences and Professor of Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minnesota.

Adrienne Lahti, MD, has been appointed interim chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. Lahti serves as the F. Cleveland Kinney Endowed Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology at the UAB School of Medicine.

Elma Ireland LeDoux, MD, has been appointed associate dean for admissions and student affairs at the Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. LeDoux is a professor of medicine and course director of clinical diagnosis at the Tulane University School of Medicine.

Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, has been appointed chair of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Board of Directors. Dr. Bakewell-Sachs is dean and vice president for nursing affairs at Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing.

Rebecca Spyke Keiser, PhD, has been appointed to the newly created position of chief of research security strategy and policy at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Keiser has served as leader of the NSF Office of International Science and Engineering since 2015.

Gary Desir, MD, has been appointed vice provost for faculty development and diversity at Yale University. Dr. Desir is chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine.

Lynda Heaney has been named vice chancellor for medical advancement at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Heaney previously served as assistant vice president for principal and transformational gifts at Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs.

Thomas Mauger, MD, has been appointed associate chief medical officer for ambulatory care at WVU Medicine. Dr. Mauger also leads the WVU Eye Institute and is chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the West Virginia University School of Medicine.

Christa Zehle, MD, has been appointed senior associate dean for medical education at the Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Dr. Zehle previously served as interim senior associate dean for medical education at the Larner College of Medicine.

William Anderson, MD, will be leaving his position as senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Columbia and chief medical officer for the USC School of Medicine Educational Trust at the end of March. Dr. Anderson will assume the role of senior vice president of a multispecialty medical group in Virginia.

Mehra Golshan, MD, MBA, has been appointed the inaugural deputy chief medical officer for surgical services at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center, professor of surgery at Yale School of Medicine, and interim director of the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital. Dr. Golshan serves as the Dr. Abdul Mohsen and Sultana Al-Tuwaijri Distinguished Chair in Surgical Oncology at Yale University School of Medicine.

Guenther Koehne, MD, PhD, has been named professor and chair of the Department of Translational Medicine at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Dr. Koehne is the deputy director and chief of blood and marrow transplantation and hematologic oncology at the Miami Cancer Institute (MCI) at Baptist Health South Florida.

Rachel Vreeman, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Global Health and Health System Design and director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Vreeman previously served as interim director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health.

Heidi Lane, PhD, has been promoted to assistant dean for clinical skills assessment and education at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Dr. Lane is an associate professor of interprofessionalism and senior director of clinical skills assessment and education at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

Beena Sood, MD, has been appointed associate dean for professional development in the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. Dr. Sood is professor of pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Niyum Gandhi has been appointed chief financial officer of the Mount Sinai Health System. Gandhi has served as executive vice president and chief population health officer at Mount Sinai since 2015.

Alexa Stoneman has been appointed the director of the Jay Sexter Library at Touro University Nevada. Previously, she held professional library positions at a number of higher education institutions including Sofia University, Dominican University of California, Clemson University, London College of Communication, and the University of Toronto.

Jeffrey Quinlan, MD, has been named chair and departmental executive officer of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, effective Oct. 15. Dr. Quinlan is a United States Navy captain who currently serves as professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine.

J. Jeremy Thomas, MD, MBA, has been appointed chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Thomas previously served as a tenured professor and executive vice chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine.

Chen Liu, MD, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Pathology and the Anthony N. Brady Professor of Pathology at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Liu is also the new chief of pathology at Yale New Haven Hospital. He previously served as professor and chair of pathology, immunology, and laboratory medicine at the Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Rajabrata Sarkar, MD, has been appointed director of faculty group practice operations for the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Sarkar previously served as interim chair for the Department of Surgery, vice chair of clinical operations, and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Jim Porter, PhD, has been named associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where he is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, has been named director of the National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health. Dr. Gopal is associate professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and associate professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is also a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases.

Gloria Reeves, MD, has been appointed vice chair for research in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Reeves previously served as associate professor in the department.

Francine LoRusso, RN, has been appointed vice president and executive director for heart and vascular services at the Yale School of Medicine. LoRusso previously served as executive director of the Heart and Vascular Center and the Transplantation Center at the Yale School of Medicine.

Stan Gerson, MD, has been appointed interim dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and interim senior vice president for medical affairs at Case Western Reserve University, effective July 1. Dr. Gerson previously served as director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Mark Williams, PhD, has been invested in the M. Joycelyn Elders, MD, Chair in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Williams is dean of the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at UAMS.

Jason Marr, CPA, has been named assistant dean of the Financial Affairs Office at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, effective March 23. Mr. Marr serves as the senior director of finance at Banner – University Medical Group.

Danielle Powell, MD, MSPH, has been appointed interim chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama (UAB) School of Medicine, effective March 1. Dr. Powell serves as associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Douglas Gould, PhD, professor of anatomy and neuroscience and chair of the Department of Foundational Medical Studies at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, has been named a fellow of the American Association for Anatomy (AAA). The AAA is a CFAS-member society.

Ronald Berry, MD, has been named director of the University of Florida Student Health Care Center. Dr. Berry has served as interim director since February 2019 and is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Herb Chen, MD, has been selected as the new editor-in-chief of American Journal of Surgery. Dr. Chen is surgeon-in-chief and chair of the Department of Surgery at the UAB School of Medicine.

Carol Gomes, MS, has been appointed CEO of Stony Brook University Hospital. Gomes has been serving as chief operating officer of the hospital for the past six years.

Anne C.  Mosenthal, MD, has been named chief academic officer at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, effective March 2020. Dr. Mosenthal is professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and is a CFAS senior society representative from the Society of Surgical Chairs.

Robert Fujinami, PhD, has been appointed vice dean for faculty and academic affairs at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Fujinami is a professor in the Department of Pathology and an adjunct professor in the Department of Neurology, where he served as chair of the Promotion, Retention, and Tenure Faculty Review Committees in Neurology.

Alison Volpe Holmes, MD, MPH, has been named associate dean for student affairs at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Holmes is an associate professor of pediatrics, medical education, and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She is also a CFAS Affiliate Member.

Mark Notestine, PhD, has been named senior associate dean for development and alumni relations at Indiana University School of Medicine, effective March 16. Dr. Notestine most recently served as associate vice chancellor of advancement and president of the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation at East Carolina University.

Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, effective April 1. Dr. Verduzco-Gutierrez is vice chair of quality, compliance, and patient safety in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and program director of the brain injury medicine fellowship at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Sam S. H. Wu, MD, MPH, MBA, has been named chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Wu previously served as chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation and director of the medical spine program at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

Montgomery Douglas, MD, has been named chair of the Family and Community Medicine Department at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, effective March 1. Dr. Douglas has served as chief of service for the Department of Family Medicine at UConn Health since 2016.

Norrina Allen, PhD, has been named director of the Center for Epidemiology and Population Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Allen is also an associate professor of preventive medicine in the Division of Epidemiology there.

Michelle Ng Gong, MD, has been named chief of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System. Dr. Gong is currently chief of the Division of Critical Care Medicine at Einstein and Montefiore, as well as leader of the unified Jay B. Langer Critical Care Network.

Queen’s University in Canada announced that Jane Philpott, MD, MPH, will serve as its next dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and director of the School of Medicine. Dr. Philpott is a family physician, educator, and global health expert who has held senior cabinet positions with the government of Canada. She will be the first woman to hold this position at Queen’s University.

Theodore Betley, PhD, and Dan Kahne, PhD, have been appointed to serve as interim chairs of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University following charges brought up against former chair Charles Lieber, PhD, reported the Boston Globe. At Harvard, Dr. Betley is director of graduate studies and the Erving Professor of Chemistry and Dr. Kahne is the Higgins Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Dr. Lieber, the former chair, was arrested for allegedly lying to investigators about his links to a Chinese university.

Senthil Kumar Rajasekaran, MD, has been appointed senior associate dean for curricular affairs and undergraduate medical education in the Office of Medical Education at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Rajasekaran is a professor of pharmacology and previously served as associate dean for academic affairs at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Philip Kroth, MD, has been named founding chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Dr. Kroth previously served as a tenured professor in the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

Scott Dickson, MD, was named Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, George K. Mitchell, MD, Endowed Chair in Primary Care at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Dr. Dickson is assistant professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine and is chief of staff at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Haifan Lin, PhD, has been elected vice president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. Dr. Lin is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Cell Biology and a professor of genetics, obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive sciences, and dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine.

Evelyn Hsieh, MD, PhD, has been named co-chair of the American College of Rheumatology’s Global Strategic Task Force. Dr. Hsieh is an assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at Yale School of Medicine and chief of rheumatology for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.

Stephen Christiansen, MD, has been named the Helen L. and Sherwood J. Tarlow Chair of Ophthalmology at the Boston University School of Medicine, effective March 1. Dr. Christiansen previously served there as chief and chair of ophthalmology and professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics.

Nancy Brown, MD, has officially started as the first woman dean of Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Brown came to Yale from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where she was Hugh J. Morgan Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine. CFAS News first reported her appointment back in September.

At Weill Cornell Medicine Medical College, Katherine Hajjar, MD, has been named senior associate dean for faculty, and Judy Tung, MD, has been appointed associate dean for faculty development. Currently, Dr. Hajjar serves as vice chair for research in the Department of Pediatrics, and Dr. Tung is an associate professor of clinical medicine. Dr. Hajjar is also a CFAS school rep from Weill Cornell Medicine.

Christopher Hill, PhD, has been named vice dean for research at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Hill previously served there as co-chair of the biochemistry department.

John Butterworth, MD, will step down from his position as chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine at the end of this academic year. Dr. Butterworth has served as professor and chair of the department since 2011.

Kirsten Wilkins, MD, has been named director of medical student education in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, and Matthew Goldenberg, MD, has been named psychiatry clerkship director. Drs. Wilkins and Goldenberg are both also associate professors of psychiatry at Yale.

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