Reaction From Colleagues and Community Leaders

"Brad Berk is one of the most outstanding physician leaders in the country. He has a remarkably diverse portfolio of talents that will ensure his success as the leader of the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Berk is a terrific choice and I congratulate him and the University."

R. Wayne Alexander, M.D., Ph.D.
R. Bruce Logue Professor and Chair
Department of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine

Eugene Braunwald, M.D.

"Dr. Berk is one of the strongest academic leaders in this country. He is a creative investigator, a brilliant clinician, an inspiring educator and a fair, decisive administrator. He is a splendid choice for CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and is certain to move this prestigious institution to even higher levels of excellence."

Eugene Braunwald, M.D.
Distinguished Hersey Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Victor J. Dzau, M.D.

"Brad Berk is a premier physician-scientist whose work has contributed significantly to our understanding of cardiovascular disease. He is also a caring and compassionate clinician. In addition, he is a proven leader in his recent role as Chair of Medicine. Dr. Berk is an outstanding choice to lead the University of Rochester Medical Center."

Victor J. Dzau, M.D.
Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University
President and CEO, Duke University Health System

C. McCollister Evarts, M.D.

"As a Rochester native and an alumnus of this Medical School, Brad understands our culture and values. He appreciates how this institution interfaces with the community. I am convinced that this Medical Center is poised for greatness and Brad Berk is the ideal person to lead us there."

C. McCollister Evarts, M.D.
Distinguished University Professor
Former Senior Vice Provost for Health Affairs and CEO,
University of Rochester Medical Center

Roger B. Friedlander

"Brad Berk has been a part of the fabric of this Medical Center since his career start as a medical student here. His personal investment in the future of the University of Rochester Medical Center and his broad understanding of the Rochester community clearly made Dr. Berk the most qualified candidate for the position. It is paramount that a path of succession be enacted when there is a premier, high-quality candidate within an organization."

Roger B. Friedlander
Member and Former Chair,
University of Rochester Medical Center Board

Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D.

"Congratulations to the University of Rochester Medical Center community and to Brad. Dr. Berk is not only an outstanding physician-scientist but a visionary leader who will guide the Medical Center to new levels of excellence. The Medical Center is extraordinarily lucky to have an individual of Brad's talents, inspired leadership and strong management skills at its helm."

Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D.
Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

William A. Peck

"The University of Rochester Medical Center has been fortunate to have a long history of superior leadership. In appointing Dr. Brad Berk as Senior Vice President and CEO, the greater Rochester community and the nation can be assured of outstanding leadership for the Medical Center well into the future. Dr. Berk, whom I know, has brilliant academic and clinical credentials, excellent leadership experience as Chair of the Department of Medicine, the University’s largest department, and a wonderful persona well attuned to the extensive demands of the position. He is the right person at the right time to lead the significant future advances of this first class medical center."

William A. Peck, M.D.
Director, Center for Health Policy, Washington University
Member, University of Rochester Board of Trustees & Chair of Health Affairs Committee

Thomas Richards

"I could not be more pleased at the selection of Brad as the new leader of the Medical Center. His strong commitment to the success of Medical Center and its important place in the community are well established. I am sure that his record of successful professional and leadership accomplishments will continue and be reflected in continued success and growth at the Medical Center."

Thomas Richards
Corporation Counsel, City of Rochester
URMC Board

Marschall S. Runge,  MD., Ph.D.

"Dr. Bradford Berk is one of the most outstanding academic leaders in America. I’m absolutely certain he will continue his incredible success as CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center. Brad is a true academic triple threat, as a world-leading investigator, an outstanding clinician and wonderful teacher. More than that, he has shown his exceptional skills as an administrator as a center director, a division chief and a department chair. I believe that Brad Berk will continue the outstanding tradition of leadership at the University of Rochester Medical Center and will take the institution to even higher levels of excellence, achievement and recognition in all missions – clinical care, research and teaching. Rochester has done well to choose such an outstanding person."

Marschall S. Runge, MD., Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Department of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jay H. Stein, M.D., MACP

"Brad Berk is a wonderful choice with the perfect balance of research, clinical, and administrative experience and skills – a man who can lead the Medical Center for the next two decades. He’s an alumnus of the UR who returned home after 20 years of success after success on the national scene."

Jay H. Stein, M.D., MACP
Senior Vice President and Dean of Clinical Affairs,
Baylor College of Medicine
Former CEO, URMC

JG. Robert Witmer, Jr.

"I commend President Seligman on leading a very successful search for the next leader of our Medical Center, which is easily the largest component of the University. The selection of Dr. Berk marks an important day for both the University and our community. It is impressive and reassuring that one of the Medical Center's leading physicians emerged from a field of truly impressive national candidates. Dr. Berk's vision, vigor, winning personality, and knowledge and love of the institution will make him an outstanding leader of the Medical Center. I very much look forward to working with him and President Seligman as the Medical Center continues its exciting path."

G. Robert Witmer, Jr.
Senior Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP
Chair, University of Rochester Board of Trustees