Medical Center Taps Its Own Expert

Senior Advisor Assumes Greater Role in Overseeing Operations

June 24, 2003

University of Rochester provost Charles Phelps has named C. McCollister "Mac" Evarts, M.D., as acting senior vice president, with operational authority for the University of Rochester Medical Center. The appointment is effective July 1, 2003.

Evarts recently retired after serving as CEO of The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and senior vice president and dean of Penn State's College of Medicine. He has been with the University of Rochester Medical Center for the last several months, serving as senior advisor to the Medical Center CEO. 

The move enables Phelps to return to his role as provost of the University while leading the search for a permanent successor to Jay H. Stein, M.D., who resigned on May 16. Phelps will continue as acting CEO of the Medical Center, providing broad policy perspective on Medical Center strategic direction and coordinating operations with the University. 

"The University is indeed fortunate to have within its own ranks an individual with nearly 14 years' experience at the helm of an academic health center," Phelps said. "Mac has a clear grasp of the academic and health system issues and enjoys the respect of his colleagues at the Medical Center, throughout the University, and nationally. By naming him as acting senior vice president, we can ensure a smooth transition for Medical Center strategic initiatives, and I can continue to devote necessary energy to my full-time role as the University's chief academic officer."

Evarts is uniquely qualified to oversee the operation of the Medical Center while the search progresses. He began his medical career as a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, before serving his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital. In 1964, he joined the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and, over the next decade, headed that institution's Orthopaedic residency training program, and ultimately served as chair of its department of Orthopaedics. 

Evarts returned to the University of Rochester Medical Center in 1974 as chair of Orthopaedics, Dorris H. Carlson professor of Orthopaedics, and orthopaedist-in-chief at Strong Memorial Hospital. Here, he is credited with transforming the Medical Center's Orthopaedics department into a national hub for research and clinical care.

In 1987, Evarts was recruited to serve as chief executive officer, senior vice president for Health Affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine at The Pennsylvania State University and The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. During his tenure, Evarts presided over the expansion of clinical services, the tripling of both the organization's faculty and its research funding, the construction of a seven-story biomedical research facility and the initiation of a new medical school curriculum that led to a steady rise in applicants from a national pool. 

After serving as CEO, senior vice president and dean, Evarts became one of two named Penn State University professors participating in teaching, writing, and consulting. He continues to be involved in numerous societies and organizations, corporate boards, as well as playing an active role in the Association of Academic Health Centers. He and his family relocated home to Rochester last fall when he rejoined the University of Rochester Medical Center as senior advisor to then-CEO Stein. 

"I have long had a great affection for this Medical Center and am pleased to be able to contribute to its continued success," Evarts said. "I look forward to working with this superb administrative and academic team to continue its growth momentum."

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