The coming months will see an important period of transition for Duke Medicine as Chancellor Victor Dzau prepares to assume the presidency of the Institute of Medicine on July 1. With help from you all, Victor has led Duke Medicine through challenging times with extraordinary success. His selection to head the IOM is a recognition of the stature he has attained as a leader in health care and academic medicine both nationally and around the world, and his appointment is an honor for Duke as well. I know you join me in offering him congratulations and our thanks.
I am pleased to report that G. Richard Wagoner Jr., the immediate past chair of the Duke University Board of Trustees, has agreed to chair the search for the next Chancellor for Health Affairs. By custom a distinguished faculty member is appointed as vice chair of such committees, and I'm grateful that Barton F. Haynes, M.D., Frederic M. Hanes Professor of Medicine, Immunology and Global Health and director of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute, has agreed to serve in that role. The other members of the search committee include:
Jack O. Bovender Jr., Vice Chair of the Duke University Board of Trustees and a member of the Duke University Health System Board
Kyle Cavanaugh, Vice President for Administration
Mary T. Champagne, PhD, RN, FAAN, Laurel Chadwick Distinguished Professor, Dean Emerita of the School of Nursing, and Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine, School of Medicine
Helen L. Egger, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology and Neuroscience, and Pediatrics, and Head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, School of Medicine
Matt Kan, MD-PhD student, School of Medicine
Michael S. Krangel, PhD, Professor and Chair of Immunology, School of Medicine
M. Susan Lozier, Ph.D., Ronie-Richele Garcia-Johnson Professor of Physical Oceanography, Nicholas School of the Environment
Thomas A. Owens, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President for Medical Affairs for Duke University Health System
Theodore N. Pappas, MD, Distinguished Professor of Surgical Innovation, Chief of General and Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery, and Vice Dean for Medical Affairs, School of Medicine
Nimmi Ramanujam, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Pratt School of Engineering and Director of the Center for Global Women's Health Technologies
Benjamin D. Reese Jr., PsyD, Vice President of the Office for Institutional Equity at Duke University and Duke University Health System and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Community & Family Medicine, ex officio
Richard Riddell, PhD, Vice President and University Secretary, ex officio
Pam Sutton-Wallace, Senior Vice President for Hospital Operations, Duke University Hospital
The search committee will be charged with identifying candidates who are devoted to the research and teaching missions of a world-class academic medical center and who deeply understand the business of health care, and who can ensure that these potentially rival activities serve and support each other in complementary fashion. Since the landscape of health care and research support are changing in fundamental ways, the new chancellor will also need the vision to lead us in creative adaptation and a keen sense of the values that are critical to protect. I expect the search to begin right away and to conclude in late 2014, with the new chancellor taking office as early in 2015 as can be arranged.
Following Victor's departure on June 30, we will implement an interim management structure until the new chancellor arrives. During this period, William J. Fulkerson Jr., MD, executive vice president of DUHS, will have broad leadership on clinical and Health System activities, and Nancy Andrews, MD, PhD, Dean of the School of Medicine, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Nanaline H. Duke Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology, will have parallel responsibilities for education and research matters in the School of Medicine. The two leaders will collaborate on issues that involve both entities. Both will report to me on an interim basis, and I will be involved in system-wide decision-making. As you may know, a new Dean for the School of Nursing is being recruited this spring. During the interim, the Dean of Nursing will report to the President and play an appropriate role in wider management functions.
Our institution is in excellent shape to weather this transition and to move forward with continued momentum and success. I am grateful to our staff and faculty, whose continued commitment to excellence and devoted care for our patients makes Duke Medicine a beacon of hope and inspiration around the world.
With thanks and best wishes,
Richard H. Brodhead