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


Sudip Parikh, PhD, will become the next CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of journals early next year. Dr. Parikh serves now as senior vice president of Drug Information Association Global.

Marsha Rappley, MD, CEO of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System and senior vice president for health sciences at VCU, announced her retirement as of Jan. 2, 2020. Dr. Rappley was the 2016-17 chair of the AAMC Board of Directors, and during her tenure as immediate past chair, also chaired the search committee that identified the AAMC’s new president and CEO, David. J. Skorton, MD. VCU also announced this week that Peter Buckley, MD, will be named interim vice president for VCU Health Sciences and CEO of VCU Health System, and Ralph R. “Ron” Clark, MD, chief medical officer of VCU Health System, has been named interim CEO of VCU Hospitals and Clinics.

President Trump announced his intention to nominate Stephen Hahn, MD, chief medical officer of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, as the next FDA commissioner. But as the Washington Post reports, acting FDA commissioner Norman “Ned” Sharpless, MD, will return right away to his previous role as director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) rather than continue in his acting FDA role, and Brett Giroir, MD, of HHS, will oversee the FDA until Hahn’s confirmation. NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, issued a statement today welcoming Dr. Sharpless back to NIH to resume his work with NCI.

James Kochenderfer, MD, has been awarded the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health’s Trailblazer Prize for Clinician-Scientists. The award recognizes Dr. Kochenderfer’s work pioneering the development of immunotherapies that leverage CAR T-cells to treat blood cancers. Dr. Kochenderfer is an investigator in the Surgery Branch at the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute.

Matt Rizzo, MD, has been appointed chair of the American Brain Coalition. Dr. Rizzio is the Frances and Edgar Reynolds Chair of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Department of Neurological Sciences.

R. Grace Zhai, PhD, has been appointed senior associate dean for basic science research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Zhai is associate professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology at the School of Medicine.

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 was also appointed a professor of pharmacology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is associate dean for academic affairs at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Mark Smeltzer, PhD, was appointed Chair in Sciences Basic to Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Dr. Smeltzer is professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the College of Medicine at UAMS.

Anne Dixon, MA, BM BCh, has been named director of the Vermont Lung Center. Dr. Dixon is professor of medicine and division chief of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine at University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.

Peggy Kendall, MD, has been named director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology in the Department of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Kendall previously served as an associate professor of medicine and pathology, microbiology, and immunology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Edward Philbin, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine at Albany Med. Dr. Philbin, the George E. Pataki Endowed Chair in Cardiology at Albany Med since 2000, has served as interim chair of the Department of Medicine since April.

Bruce Korf, MD, PhD, has been named associate dean for genomic medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Korf serves as chief genomics officer and the Wayne and Sara Crews Finley Endowed Chair in Medical Genetics at the School of Medicine and will continue holding both positions.

Dinender Singla, PhD, has been named AdventHealth Chair in Cardiovascular Research, connecting cardiovascular research between University of Central Florida and AdventHealth (formerly Florida Hospital). Dr. Singla is professor of medicine at the Burnett School of Biomedical Science, College of Medicine, and University of Central Florida.

Ted Abel, PhD, has been named chair and departmental executive officer of the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Abel, the Roy J. Carver Chair in Neuroscience and director of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute at the University of Iowa, has served as interim department chair and departmental executive officer since November 2018.

Jerrihlyn McGee, DNP, RN, has been named vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Kansas Medical Center. McGee is a clinical assistant professor and program director for graduate leadership programs at the University of Kansas School of Nursing.

Adam Algren, MD, has been appointed interim department and academic chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Algren is an associate professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics and chair of the School of Medicine’s Council on Curriculum.

Maria F. Lima, PhD, has been named associate dean for research and chief research officer at CUNY School of Medicine in New York. Dr. Lima was previously senior vice president for research and innovation and the dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Meharry Medical College School of Medicine.

Ellen Cosgrove, MD, has been named vice dean for academic administration and the Julio Sosa, MD, Chair of the Department of Medical Education at Albany Medical College. She was most recently vice dean for academic affairs and education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Medicine, where she also was Professor of Medicine and served as CFAS school representative.

Janelle Chiasera, PhD, has been appointed dean of the School of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University. Dr. Chiasera previously served as senior executive associate dean for the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Michael Newton, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Newton currently serves as a professor in the department.

Anjon Audhya, PhD, has been appointed associate dean for basic research at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Audhya has been a faculty member of the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry at the School of Medicine and Public Health since 2008.

J.D. Day, MD, of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested Oct. 10 in the Robert Watson, M.D., Chair in Neurological Surgery. Dr. Day is chair of the Department of Neurosurgery in the UAMS College of Medicine.

John Goudreau, DO, PhD, has been appointed director of the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute at Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Goudreau is an associate professor in the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at MSU.

Kara Sawarynski, PhD, has been named vice chair of foundational medical studies at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Dr. Sawarynski previously served as assistant professor of foundational medical studies at the School of Medicine. 

Norman Beauchamp Jr., MD, MHS, dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, has been appointed executive vice president for health sciences at Michigan State University. Aron Sousa, MD, will serve as interim dean of the College of Human Medicine beginning Oct. 25, when Dr. Beauchamp begins his new position.

Harris Berman, MD, will step down as dean of Tufts University School of Medicine at the end of the year. Vice dean Peter Bates, MD, will serve as interim dean while a search for a new dean begins. Dr. Berman has served as dean since 2009. 

Arabinda Choudhary, MD, MBA, was invested in the Ernest J. Ferris, M.D. Chair in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. Dr. Choudhary is chair of the Department of Radiology in the College of Medicine. 

The American College of Physicians (ACP) awarded Robert Means Jr., MD, Mastership in the College. Dr. Means has served as a faculty member in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University, University of Cincinnati, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of Kentucky. Dr. Means also served as dean of East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine from 2014 to 2018. ACP is a CFAS-member society.

Reuben Kapur, PhD, has been appointed interim director of the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research at Indiana University School of Medicine, effective Nov. 1. Dr. Kapur is the Frieda and Albrecht Kipp Professor of Pediatrics and the leader of the Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Biology Research Group at the Wells Center.

Carmella Evans-Molina, MD, PhD, has been appointed director of the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Evans-Molina previously served as the associate director of development and community engagement and director of the islet and physiology core at the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases. 

David Walsh, MD, has been named chief of the new Division of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Walsh previously served as associate program director of the Department of Internal Medicine Residency Program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. 

Thomas File Jr., MD, has been named president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. File is Northeast Ohio Medical University Master Teacher and chair of the university’s Infectious Disease Section. 

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