Past EVPMAs

Michael M.E. Johns, M.D.
Interim 2014-2015

Dr. Johns

Dr. Johns, a Detroit native who graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, is an internationally recognized head and neck cancer surgeon and leader in academic medicine. Dr. Johns previously served as Emory University's fifth chancellor, after more than a decade leading the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center. Prior to his roles at Emory, Dr. Johns was dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and vice president of the Johns Hopkins medical faculty. Dr. Johns was professor and chair of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins, a department he built into one of the country's largest and most prestigious.

 


Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D.
2009-2014

Dr. Pescovitz

During her tenure as the University of Michigan's first female EVPMA, the Health System expanded its impact as a statewide resource via new affiliations and partnerships, opened the new C.S. Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women's hospitals, achieved the health system's highest-ever patient satisfaction scores, exceeded expectations in developing the North Campus Research Complex, launched the health system's $1B Victors for Michigan campaign, and created the UMHS Office of Health Equity & Inclusion to establish diversity as a priority for the institution. A nationally recognized pediatric endocrinologist and researcher, Dr. Pescovitz previously served as executive associate dean for Research Affairs at Indiana University School of Medicine, president and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and interim vice president for Research Administration at IU.

 


Robert P. Kelch, M.D.
2003-2009

Dr. Kelch

In his role as executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Michigan, Dr. Kelch has overseen major capital projects, including a new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital, and has defined a strong strategic direction in patient care, education and research. Dr. Kelch was previously at the University of Iowa, where he had been dean of the Carver College of Medicine and member of the pediatrics faculty. A native of Detroit and a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Kelch is nationally noted for his work as a pediatric endocrinologist. Dr. Kelch specialized in basic and clinical research on neuroendocrine regulation of human growth and sexual maturation and is widely published in the field.

 


Lazar J. Greenfield, M.D.
Interim 2002-2003

Dr. Greenfield

Dr. Greenfield was appointed the Frederick A. Coller Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan in 1987, after heading surgery at the Medical College of Virginia for 13 years. A graduate of Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Greenfield is best known for developing an eponymous vena caval filter to protect patients from pulmonary embolism, an invention used in hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide. During his 15-year tenure as chair of surgery at the University of Michigan, Dr. Greenfield developed new programs in surgical oncology, vascular surgery, emergency medicine and trauma, as well as greatly expanding research.

 


Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D., Ph.D.
1997-2002

Dr. Omenn

As the University of Michigan’s first executive vice president for medical affairs, Dr. Omenn is credited with building an integrated, financially stable health system, strengthening research, laying the ground-work for capital expansion, and representing the university nationally on issues of science, medicine and health policy. Dr. Omenn had previously served as dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Washington and been a member of the medical faculty there. He had received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and a Ph.D in genetics from the University of Washington. Dr. Omenn has served in a number of governmental scientific positions, written extensively on chemoprevention of cancers, and done research on protein biomarkers for early diagnosis of cancers.

 


Rhetaugh Graves Dumas, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Health Affairs
1994-1997

Dr. Dumas

A renown scholar in nursing and health care, Dr. Dumas received her M.S. in psychiatric nursing from Yale and a Ph.D. in social psychology from the Union Institute and University. The first African American female faculty member to receive tenure at Yale, Dr. Dumas designed pioneering clinical experiments using randomized control trials to study clinical problems in patient care. She was the first woman, and the first nurse, to serve as deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, and the first African American to be elected president of the National League of Nursing. Dr. Dumas became dean of the University Of Michigan School of Nursing in 1981, providing during her tenure a powerful vision for collaborative programs in the health sciences.

 


George D. Zuidema, M.D.
Executive Vice Provost for Medical Affairs
1984-1994

Dr. Zuidema

Dr. Zuidema’s tenure as the University of Michigan executive vice provost for medical affairs was the first as leader of an integrated health system. His leadership oversaw the establishment of Cancer and Geriatric Centers, many outpatient clinics, M-Care and a marked expansion of research facilities. Dr. Zuidema received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University, served as director of the Section of Surgical Sciences at Johns Hopkins for 20 years, and held a number of prestigious teaching, writing and leadership roles in the American Board of Surgery and the major surgical societies. He was a founding member of the Association of Academic Surgery and served as its president in 1968.