David M. Stern, MD, who for the past six years has served as Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), last month assumed the new position of Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs for Statewide Initiatives,.
Dr. Stern, who was also the J. Kaplan Executive Dean, now will focus on new initiatives involving health problems in Tennessee as well as on the direction and expansion of initiatives already underway. One new initiative focuses on rural health.
During the past six years, Dr. Stern has recruited more than 30 nationally recognized chairs or directors and 65 research-engaged faculty. He led the creation of five new departments, including the first Department of Emergency Medicine in West Tennessee, and oversaw efforts leading to the reaccreditation of the UTHSC College of Medicine.
Working with faculty and community partners, including state government at the highest levels, Dr. Stern developed and obtained funding for a mobile unit for the rapid treatment of patients with stroke in Memphis, one of only five such units in the United
Dr. Stern created a College of Medicine Advisory Board of community and business leaders to help identify and address the needs of the community, and has been very engaged with the college's Alumni Council. Philanthropic support for the College of Medicine has increased steadily and significantly each year from $11.5 million when he first joined UTHSC in 2011, to $38.2 million in 2016.
UTHSC Chancellor Steve J. Schwab, MD, has assumed the duties of executive dean of the College of Medicine and vice chancellor for clinical affairs. A national search for Dr. Stern's successor is underway.