Robert Cantrell to Retire from U.Va. Vice Presidency
21, 2001 -- Dr. Robert W. Cantrell, vice president and provost for
health sciences at the University of Virginia since July 1994, announced
Feb. 20 that he will leave his administrative posts when his term
ends June 30.
internationally respected otolaryngologist, medical educator and
researcher who has served as governor of the American College of
Surgeons, he will return to his faculty duties after a year's sabbatical.
have reached this difficult decision after several months of thought
and consultation with others," he told the medical and nursing faculties.
"I am honored to have served the University as a vice president
over the past six years. At this point in my career, I believe it
is best for the Health System, for my family, and for me not to
seek another term."
67, joined the U.Va. faculty in 1976, when he was appointed professor
and chair of the department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.
In addition to his work at the University, he has served as president
of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery,
is the author or co-author of more than 200 professional publications,
and has been a consultant to the U.S. Surgeon General, the National
Institutes of Health and other federal and state agencies. At U.Va.,
he also directed the Medical Center's ambulatory care services,
overseeing the improvement and expansion of outpatient medical services,
before succeeding Dr. Don E. Detmer as vice president and provost.
Cantrell has been a strong and committed leader during a time of
enormous challenges for academic medical centers, our own included,"
said U.Va. President John T. Casteen III. "We are grateful for his
dedication, as well as for his understanding of a range of the most
complex issues ever seen in our health care system, his efforts
to find solutions, and his advocacy on behalf of the U.Va.
Health System. I am especially pleased for Dr. Cantrell and
for his thousands of colleagues that it was on his watch that the
hospital was first recognized as ranking among the nation's very
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