By Mary Beth Reilly
U-M President Mary Sue Coleman has selected Dr. Lazar J. Greenfield, professor of surgery at the U-M Medical School, to serve as the University's interim executive vice president for Medical Affairs. Coleman will submit her recommendation to the U-M Board of Regents at its Sept. 19 meeting. If approved, the appointment will be effective retroactive to Aug. 19 and Greenfield will serve until a new permanent executive vice president takes office.
"Dr. Greenfield is an outstanding academic physician, scholar and administrator. I thank him for his willingness to assume this important role and I look forward to working with him on behalf of the University and the Health System," Coleman says.
Greenfield will have responsibility for the leadership and management of the U-M Health System, which comprises the Hospitals and Health Centers, Medical School, M-CARE and the Michigan Health Corp. He will serve as the Health System's interim chief executive officer, reporting directly to the president. He will be a member of the senior leadership group and work closely with the provost and other vice presidents. The dean of the Medical School, the executive director of the Hospitals and Health Centers, and the president of M-CARE will report to Greenfield.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as interim EVPMA and look forward to working with President Coleman during the leadership transition. Our Health System is a leader among academic health centers based upon our exemplary teaching and training programs, our coordinated delivery of cost-effective patient care and our contributions to advances in knowledge through research," Greenfield says. "My goals are to work with the faculty, administration and staff to bring these discoveries to the bedside, to continue to recruit the best talent available and to manage our resources to assure fiscal accountability."
A leading vascular and thoracic surgeon, Greenfield is the author of 128 book chapters, more than 360 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and two major textbooks of surgery. Greenfield is renowned for his development of an intracaval filter device, which bears his name, used to prevent pulmonary embolism. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1999 Rice University Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has served on 15 scientific editorial boards and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Greenfield has been a member of the U-M faculty since 1987, when he became chair of the Department of Surgery - a position he held until earlier this year. Previously, he was the Stuart McGuire Professor and chairman of surgery at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his medical degree, with honors, from Baylor University College of Medicine. He trained in surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
As interim EVPMA, Greenfield will fill the vacancy created by the departure
of Dr. Gilbert S. Omenn, whose five-year term as EVPMA ended July 31, 2002.