The first invitation has been issued for a candidate for the position of vice president for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine to visit the University of Washington campus for formal interviews later this month.
Dr. Arthur H. Rubenstein, 59, chair of the Department of Medicine and Lowell T. Coggeshall Distinguished Service Professor of Medical Sciences at the University of Chicago, is scheduled to be on the UW campus April 28-30.
In preliminary interviews, Rubenstein, a noted expert on diabetes and conditions of the endocrine system, emerged as the first candidate the nine-member search committee recommended come to the campus for more extensive interviews with faculty, students, UW President Richard L. McCormick and others. Time also will be scheduled for reporters to meet the candidate.
Candidates were required to submit personal letters of interest to the committee by March 1. According to search committee chair, Dr. Paul B. Robertson, dean of the School of Dentistry, others will be invited to participate in this round of interviews on a rolling basis. The search process is targeted to end by late spring.
The person named to the position will succeed Dr. Philip J. Fialkow, who, along with his wife, Helen, died last fall while vacationing in Nepal.
The vice president for medical affairs provides leadership for the UW Academic Medical Center, an entity that includes one of the nation’s top medical schools and its regional medical education, research and clinical patient care activities involving 1,336 full-time faculty along with 698 medical students, more than 650 residents (physicians-in-training), and nearly 400 graduate students in the basic sciences. It also includes overall responsibility for the UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center, which the UW has operated for King County since 1967, and associated clinics; and oversight responsibility for the planning and delivery of medical services by University of Washington Physicians.
The UW School of Medicine ranked first among all public medical schools in receipt of federal research funding in 1994-95 and has never ranked less than eighth among all 125 schools in the nation. It also is among the top 10 institutions nationally in technology transfer. Its faculty includes three Nobel laureates, 21 members of the National Academy of Sciences and 28 members of the Institute of Medicine.
The school’s 25-year-old WAMI program of regionalized medical education is a world model for excellence in increasing primary care physicians and broadening educational experience through the efficient use of community resources, including partnerships with other universities in the WAMI states of Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho and educational systems at all levels.