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Leadership Announcements

I am delighted to announce that we are moving forward in implementing President Kaler’s vision, a University-wide unit dedicated to advancing our clinical mission, including clinical services, clinical research and clinical training. Today, I write with our first leadership announcements for the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs (OACA).

Bruce Blazar, MD, is the head of our Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), a critically important part of the OACA, and has agreed to resume his role as Associate Vice President for Clinical and Translational Science Programs. Bruce is a mentor of mine and a strong national voice in his field. His leadership and guidance will be a critical part of moving our work forward.

The OACA will also have an Associate Vice President. We are working to determine the position description and responsibilities. I look forward to input from the Deans and faculty across the University in both designing the role and nominating new leaders for this position Bobbi Daniels, MD, will be our Senior Strategy Advisor. Dr. Daniels will play a key role in defining the goals and building capability on this team. She will work to leverage collaborators across the University, develop a strategic plan, with all stakeholders, for the OACA, work on a leadership enhancement program for faculty from all disciplines, and broaden our community engagement. Bobbi has been integral in advancing our clinical work over the past decade in her role as CEO of UMPhysicians and the Medical School’s Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs. I am grateful she is willing to bring these skills to this new opportunity.

Tucker LeBien, PhD, will serve as Senior Advisor for Research Operations (SARO). Tucker has played a key role in advocating for and supporting the research mission of the Academic Health Center (AHC), and is well-positioned to take on this responsibility. The SARO will serve as the grants program officer for the Mayo Partnership and other important funding programs, direct the Office of Discovery and Translation and serve on the CTSI leadership team, manage shared resources in the OACA including cores such as flow cytometry and mouse genetics, participate in programmatic development and interdisciplinary initiatives, and manage the research and office space. This is a key role in supporting the clinical research mission of the OACA.

I am grateful to my colleagues for joining me in this new endeavor and I look forward to all we will accomplish together.

I am grateful to my colleagues for joining me in this new endeavor and I look forward to all we will accomplish together.

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