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Woolliscroft named interim dean

Dr. James Woolliscroft, the Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine and executive associate dean of the Medical School, has been appointed interim dean. The appointment was approved by the Board of Regents July 21 and becomes effective Aug. 1.

"I am pleased that Dr. Woolliscroft will take on this challenging leadership role," says Provost Teresa Sullivan.
(Photo courtesy Medical School)

Woolliscroft, who is also a professor of internal medicine, has achieved international prominence in the field of medical education and has had departmental and Medical School leadership roles in both undergraduate and graduate medical education.

In 1995, he was the first recipient of the Josiah C. Macy Jr. Professor of Medical Education Endowed Professorship, awarded through a national competition. In 2001 he received the Lyle C. Roll Endowed Professorship in Medicine. He served as the chief of clinical affairs in the Hospitals and Health Centers and as assistant dean for clinical affairs. Since 1999 Dr. Woolliscroft has served as the executive associate dean, and as acting dean for four months in Dean Allen Lichter's absence.

"Dr. Woolliscroft brings tremendous breadth and depth of experience in academic medicine to this role. Through his highly capable leadership, the Medical School will be in good hands during this transition period," says Dr. Robert Kelch, executive vice president for Medical Affairs and chief executive officer of the U-M Health System.

Dr. Woolliscroft received his Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota. He completed his internship and residency at U-M, served as chief medical resident, and began his academic career here. More recently his interests have broadened to include international education and the use of technology to enhance educational experiences here and abroad. He currently serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Medical School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University; a member of the review group for Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar; and a member of the International Advisory Committee, Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, China. He has published nearly 100 juried manuscripts and authored or contributed to eight books.

Woolliscroft's appointment, which will continue until a permanent dean for the school has been identified, follows Lichter's resignation. He is leaving to serve as chief executive officer of the American Association of Clinical Oncologists in Alexandria, Va.

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