UR Med School Dean Named University of Florida's Top Physician Leader

Rochester Names Interim Dean

May 28, 2009

David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D. (l), Elizabeth R. McAnarney, M.D. (r)

David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., the ninth dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, will leave the School to take a position as the senior vice president for Health Affairs at the University of Florida and president of UF&Shands Health System.

The national search for a successor to Guzick, who has led the school since 2002, will be directed by University Provost Ralph W. Kuncl. Meanwhile, Elizabeth R. McAnarney, M.D., chair emerita of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, will serve as acting dean while a national search is conducted for a permanent replacement.

“It’s no surprise that another university has recognized David’s talents,” said Medical Center CEO Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D. “David’s vision led to our being one of the first institutions in the nation to receive a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health. His abilities as a clinician, educator and clinical scientist and his leadership in clinical and translational research not only have helped to shape the Medical Center’s strategic direction, they also have positioned us as national leaders in this important area of research. We wish him continued success in Florida.”

Record of Leadership and Research

McAnarney served in dual roles as chair of the Department of Pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief of the Golisano Children’s Hospital for 13 years, stepping down at the end of 2006. She was the sixth chair of the department, and the first woman. Since 2006, she has continued at the Medical Center, primarily conducting research as professor of Pediatrics.

McAnarney also is known nationally and locally for her research and community volunteer efforts. Between 1972 and 1993, she was chief of Adolescent Medicine and oversaw the training of 22 post-residency fellows, the majority of whom have pursued academic careers. McAnarney’s research focuses on adolescent nutrition.

In 2000, McAnarney was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition, she has served as the president of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs, and the American Pediatric Society. She is the author or co-author of nearly 200 papers, chapters, and scholarly communications.

Dean’s Successful Programs

In his new position, Guzick will be responsible for integrating the University of Florida Health Science Center, which encompasses six colleges that enroll more than 6,000 students annually in the study of medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, public health and veterinary medicine with Shands HealthCare, a private, not-for-profit system comprising more than 13,000 employees and almost 2,000 licensed hospital beds. He will serve as chair of board of directors of Shands-UF Teaching Hospital and Clinics, Inc. and on the University of Florida senior cabinet, reporting directly to the University of Florida President.

“This is not only a deserved and great recognition of David Guzick, but also a deserved and great recognition of our Medical Center,” said University President Joel Seligman. “Because of the leadership of David, Brad Berk and many others, the Medical Center is making significant progress in basic and clinical research, clinical care and education. Other health care systems understandably want to reach out to leaders of successful programs. David has been a great dean here. He should be a great senior vice president for health affairs in Gainesville. I wish him the very best.”

In 2008, Guzick was elected to the Institute of Medicine, one of the nation’s highest honors in the fields of medicine and health. In addition to serving as dean, Guzick has been the director of the University’s Clinical and Translation Science Institute. He was principal investigator for the Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health in 2006 when the NIH selected the School of Medicine and Dentistry as one of the first 12 institutions in the country to receive this award. The $40 million grant from NIH is the largest grant ever from NIH to the University. Since Guzick became dean, the value of NIH grants and contracts to the School of Medicine and Dentistry has increased more than 30 percent to $155 million annually, resulting in an NIH rank of 24 among 130 medical schools, the highest ranking for the School since 1992.

In 2004, under Guzick’s leadership, the Association of American Medical Colleges selected the School of Medicine and Dentistry for its Outstanding Community Service Award. In 2005, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) gave the school an unprecedented six-year accreditation for its residency programs, making the school the first to get the extended accreditation. It is still the only institution to receive one. In 2008, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) awarded the school a full eight-year accreditation with high praise for the dean’s outstanding leadership and a commitment to medical education and medical students. As dean, Guzick also has led a sustained and highly successful campaign to raise funds for scholarships and reduce medical student debt. He joined the faculty in 1995 as the Henry A. Thiede professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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