Appoints Pediatric Cardiologist
Jr., Dean At Baylor College Of Medicine, To
Become Dean & Vice President At U.Va. June 25
26, 2002-- Arthur "Tim"
Garson Jr., senior vice president and academic dean for operations
at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, today was named vice president
and dean of the University of Virginias School of Medicine,
effective June 25, 2002.
President John T. Casteen III, who made the announcement at a gathering
of medical school faculty and staff, said that Garsons years
of experience in administration, teaching and research give him
an intimate understanding of the myriad challenges facing the medical
profession. "Tim Garson is a unique blend of visionary and
strategic planner," Casteen said. "He comes to us with
a strong track record in education, patient care, health policy
and business, and he is ready to lead the school into the highest
tier of academic excellence."
the dean at Baylor since 1996, said he was drawn to U.Va. because
"the University of Virginia is one of the great learning institutions
in the world. As I came to meet the faculty and administration,
both within the School of Medicine and in the University, I was
attracted to the spirit of excellence and collaboration that I already
have found to permeate the institution."
internationally respected pediatric cardiologist, Garson said he
is well aware of the challenges facing medicine but believes that
U.Va. can become a national model. "We are living in a society
that is in constant change. We must consistently predict and, in
some cases, lead that change. But we must do that in the context
of certain things such as a great university and its traditions
and the way we treat each other as people," he said. "These
are, without a doubt, the most exciting times in academic medicine,
and I cannot imagine a better place to live them."
will fill a newly expanded position that requires extensive collaboration
and planning across divisional lines. As dean with academic responsibilities,
he will report to Gene D. Block, the University provost. In his
vice presidential role, Garson will share responsibility for clinical
operations and management with R. Edward Howell, the chief executive
officer and vice president of the Medical Center. In that capacity,
both report to Leonard W. Sandridge, the Universitys executive
vice president and chief operating officer.
Garson understands the complexity of this job both the critical
need to prepare young physicians to deal with future challenges
and the importance of applying the results of research at the bedside.
These are things that distinguish the University of Virginia and
assure our patients of health care that is second to none,"
Sandridge said. "Tim brings a strong record of outstanding
clinical leadership, and we are fortunate to have a person with
his experience and expertise to guide our medical school."
the next six months, Garson said he plans to do a great deal of
listening and learning. "There are two strategic plans that
recently have been completed one for the Medical Center and
one for the medical school. As Ed Howell and I have discussed, the
medical school and the Medical Center, and we as individuals, need
to work ever more closely. And we will need to involve many members
of the University community in our discussions."
will be following in the footsteps of Robert M. Carey, M.D., during
whose 16-year tenure the school has become established as one of
the best in the nation. Under his leadership, the school also has
experienced significant expansion, Casteen said. "Not only
has Bob Carey overseen the building of four medical research facilities
and established numerous outstanding medical research centers, he
has created a collaborative atmosphere among the faculty that has
been the impetus for important interdisciplinary work with colleagues
in the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering.
His tireless contributions are valued greatly by the University."
an internationally recognized endocrinologist and recipient of the
American Heart Associations Irving Page Award for Hypertension
Research, will return to the medical school faculty full-time. During
a years sabbatical, he will develop a proposal for a groundbreaking
research center to advance his on-going study of hormonal control
of blood pressure.
tireless leadership, Bob Carey leaves us with a remarkably distinguished
and energetic group of faculty," Block said. "He has set
a trajectory that has the potential to bring us to the top tier
of research-intensive medical schools. I am confident that Tim Garson
will carry on the traditions of educational and research excellence
that Bob has fostered."
sees challenges and opportunities in a number of areas that relate
to medical education, and is particularly interested in the increasing
need to teach medical students new material and new ways of caring
for patients. "We will look closely at our curriculum, covering
certain core knowledge that we determine is needed, but recognizing
that because so much knowledge changes even by graduation, it will
be important to teach the techniques of lifelong learning early,"
Garson said. "We will help our students to understand and live
the art and feel of medicine."
53, graduated from Princeton University in 1970 and received his
M.D. from Duke University in 1974, remaining there for his pediatric
residency. In 1979, he completed a pediatric cardiology fellowship
at Baylor College of Medicine and joined its faculty in 1985. He
was named chief of pediatric cardiology in 1988. In 1992, he received
a masters degree in public health, specializing in health
policy and health care finance, from the University of Texas in
Houston, and was recruited to Duke to be associate vice chancellor
of health affairs. While there, he spent most of his time in health
policy. Three years later he returned to Houston and became senior
vice president and dean for academic operations at Baylor and vice
president of Texas Childrens Hospital. In 2000, he was the
president of the American College of Cardiology.
a native of New York City, and his wife Suzan, are the parents of
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