AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2013 June 28

The current issue of AAMC News and Leadership Announcements is now available:

Dr. Jack Elias, a physician-scientist specializing in immunobiology and pulmonary medicine, has been named the new dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown. Dr. Elias is currently the chair of internal medicine at Yale Medical School and physician-in-chief at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He assumes the responsibilities of dean on September 1, succeeding Dr. Edward Wing, who announced earlier this year plans to step down as dean on July 1. Provost Mark Schlissel will serve as interim dean during July and August.

Joe G. N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, has been appointed senior vice president for health sciences at the University of Arizona. Dr. Garcia, who also will serve as an endowed UA professor of medicine, will assume his new duties Sept. 1. He joins the UA from the University of Illinois, where he served as the vice president for health affairs and the Earl M. Bane Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Garcia is an authority on the genetic basis of lung disease and the prevention and treatment of inflammatory lung injury.

John E. Maupin Jr., D.D.S., president of the Morehouse School of Medicine, on Friday announced his planned retirement. Effective July 1, 2014, after the end of the upcoming academic year, Dr. Maupin will be succeeded by Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D., a obstetrician and gynecologist, who was named as executive vice president and dean in 2011. Dr. Montgomery Rice will retain the position of dean when she becomes president next year. According to the school, “With this announcement, Dr. Montgomery Rice becomes the nation’s first African-American woman to lead a free-standing medical school as chief executive officer.”

Dr. Christopher J. Molloy, who has managed Rutgers University’s impending integration with most of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), has been named interim chancellor of the new Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, beginning July 1. Dr. Molloy, a molecular and cellular pharmacologist, has served as interim provost for biomedical and health sciences at Rutgers since October 2011. He joined Rutgers as dean of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in 2007. Most of the schools and institutes that make up UMDNJ will become part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences on July 1.

Denise V. Rodgers, M.D., who has been president of UMDNJ since January 2012, will become vice chancellor for interprofessional programs at the new Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences on July 1. Dr. Rodgers also will begin serving as director of the Rutgers Urban Health and Wellness Institute. In addition, she was recently named to the Hunterdon Endowed Chair in Interprofessional Education at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where she has a faculty appointment. Robert Wood Johnson Medical School will become part of Rutgers on July 1.

A new AAMC Analysis in Brief examines current and projected U.S. medical student first-year enrollment as one aspect of progress towards increasing the physician workforce. It also examines institutional policies and practices designed to encourage student interest in careers in primary care.

A new study in Health Services Research finds wide geographic variation in the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by ambulatory health care sites, ranging from a high of 88 percent to a low of just 8 percent. In 2011, 30 percent of ambulatory health care settings, accounting for 43 percent of outpatient providers, used electronic health records. Providers in large metropolitan areas were less likely to have implemented electronic health records than providers in smaller metro and rural areas.

A new study posted by JAMA found that, “Regions with high primary care physician supply had higher preventable spending for high-cost patients.” The article further reported, “Among a sample of patients in the top decile of Medicare spending in 2010, only a small percentage of costs appeared to be related to preventable ED visits and hospitalizations. The ability to lower costs for these patients through better outpatient care may be limited.”

NIH issued a Request for Information on Thursday “to inform the development of an NIH LGBTI Research Strategic Plan.” Comments are due by October 28th.

Aaron E. Carroll, MD, MS, a health services researcher and the Vice Chair for Health Policy and Outcomes Research in the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, wrote an essay posted on the JAMA Forum web site this week. Dr. Carroll asserted that it is “important to recognize that although we may have too few generalists, that doesn’t mean we have too few specialists.”

On June 26, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced in the Federal Register an August 28 public meeting “to seek public input and comment on how certain provisions of the Federal policy for the protection of human subjects should be applied to research studying one or more interventions which are used as standard of care treatment in the non-research context.” The HHS scheduled the meeting following the OHRP’s controversial determination regarding the Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Oxygenation Randomized Trial (SUPPORT).

Dr. Robert N. Golden, dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, authored a persuasive commentary in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this week on the need for a sustained national commitment to biomedical research even in an era of fiscal challenges.

Dr. Deborah Johnson has been named dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. She joins Baylor from the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, where she has served as associate dean for graduate affairs since 2007.

Dr. Kerri Remmel has been named the new chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She has served as interim chair since March.

Kevin Shea, J.D., was appointed Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on June 18, after serving as Acting Administrator since June 2012. He served as Associate Administrator since September 2004. APHIS has responsibility for enforcing the Animal Welfare Act and its related regulations.

Registration is now open for PRIM&R’s 2013 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference on November 7-9, with 11 intensive pre-conference programs on November 6, in Boston, MA. This year’s program features 16 plenaries and 125 breakout sessions that focus on best practices and key strategies for confronting longstanding and late-breaking challenges in human subjects protections. (The early bird registration rate ends July 15.)

An article in the new issue of The Washington Monthly is titled, “First Teach No Harm.” The article asserts, “The U.S. spends $13 billion a year subsidizing graduate medical education. Yet almost all of this money winds up producing the wrong kinds of doctors in the wrong places, with America’s most elite teaching hospitals being the worst offenders.”

The National Institutes of Health on June 26 announced that it has accepted the key recommendations made by an advisory council for implementing recommendations made by an Institute of Medicine for the use of chimpanzees in NIH-funded research. Specifically, NIH plans to retain but not breed up to 50 chimpanzees for future biomedical research. In 2001, the IOM estimated that there were 612 chimps supported by NIH and that NIH had funded 110 projects that utilized chimps between 2001 and 2010.

Fifteen individuals from across the nation have been selected as winners of a video competition that will provide free, online resources to help students prepare for the revised Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) that will be administered in 2015. The contest was sponsored by the AAMC, Khan Academy, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The new collection of tutorials created by the trainees to help undergraduate and pre-med students prepare for health care professions are expected to be available in the fall of 2013 through Khan Academy’s online learning library, as well as the Pre-health Collection of the AAMC’s MedEdPORTAL iCollaborative.

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial HealthCare have announced a number of major appointments:
+ Pete McCanna has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. He previously served as the CFO of Presbyterian Healthcare in New Mexico.
+ Jay Anderson has been named Chief Information Officer for Northwestern Medicine and retains his position as Senior Vice President for Performance.
+ Carl Christensen has been named Chief Technology Officer for Northwestern Medicine and continues as CIO of the Feinberg School of Medicine.
+ Rob Christie, Vice president of External Affairs will add communications and media relations to his portfolio that currently includes government relations and community affairs.
+ Jim Adams, MD, has been named to the newly created position of Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine. He will continue to serve as Chair of the Emergency Medicine Department.
+ Gary Noskin, MD, has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He earlier served as both Associate Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Staff at the hospital.
+ Lastly, the institutions announced their intent to name David Mahvi, MD, as President of the Northwestern Medical Group and Norm Botsford to the new position of Senior Vice President, Northwestern Medicine Executive for the Patient Experience, should the clinical alignment agreement between the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation and Northwestern Memorial HealthCare be approved. Dr. Mahvi currently serves as Chief of Gastrointestinal and Oncologic Surgery and as the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Surgery. He is also the incoming Chairman of the American Board of Surgery. Mr. Botsford is currently the Northwestern Medicine Executive for the Patient Experience.

Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta have appointed Michael Davis, PhD, as director of the Center for Cardiovascular Biology (CCB) in the Emory + Children’s Pediatric Research Center. Dr. Davis is currently associate professor of biomedical engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. He has a joint appointment in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Catherine C. Skae, M.D., D.Sc., has been appointed vice president for Graduate Medical Education at Montefiore Medical Center and will be named associate dean for Graduate Medical Education for Montefiore at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Skae’s experience in medical education leadership at Montefiore spans more than a decade. She has served as assistant chief of service, residency training director and vice chair for education in the Department of Pediatrics for Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) and Einstein. Dr. Skae is an attending physician in the Department of Pediatrics at CHAM and associate professor of clinical pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics at Einstein.

Albert Di Rienzo has been named the first-ever Executive Director of the Biomedical Institute of the Americas in El Paso, Texas. Mr. Di Rienzo is the co-founder, president and CEO of technology accelerator Blue Highway Inc. at Syracuse University. The Biomedical Institute of the Americas is promoting biomedical industry innovation and growth in the El Paso bi-national region.

Edward J. Markey was elected to the US Senate on Tuesday to take the seat formerly held by Secretary of State John F. Kerry. Congressman Markey has served in the House since 1976. He is married to Dr. Susan J. Blumenthal, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Women’s Health. According to the Huffington Post, “She is currently the Director of the Health and Medicine Program at the Center for the Study of the Presidency where she co-chairs its Health Commission, a Clinical Professor at Georgetown and Tufts Schools of Medicine, and Chair of the Global Health Program at the Meridian International Center. She also is the Senior Policy and Medical Advisor at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.”

And finally…An Armed Forces Press Service article reports, “Ten years after being wounded in Iraq, Army Capt. (Dr.) Christian Labra has completed medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and is about to graduate from a three-year residency at the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia. Now he is preparing for his first assignment as a board-certified family physician in Germany.” It is a terrific and inspirational story.

Tony Mazzaschi

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