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“America’s Medical School" dean will depart after distinguished tenure

Two men in white medical coats shaking hands Dr. Arthur Kellermann will depart USU to become VCU Senior VP for Health Sciences and CEO, VCU Health System

Dr. Arthur Kellermann, dean of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, has announced he will leave for a new position at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

Kellermann, who has served as - “America’s Medical School” - dean at USU for the past seven years, will begin his new role October 1, 2020, as VCU’s Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, overseeing the university's schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and College of Health Professions and VCU’s Massey Cancer Center. He will also serve as CEO of the VCU Health System, including the VCU Medical Center, Community Memorial Hospital; Children's Hospital Richmond at VCU; and the MCV Physicians practice plan.

“Serving as dean of ‘America’s Medical School’ for the past seven years has been the greatest honor and privilege of my career,” stated Kellermann. “I arrived with no military experience and depart with a true sense of the culture, values, community and family that comprise our uniformed services. I am in awe of the intelligence, talent and dedication of the men and women who comprise America’s Military Health System. They literally transformed combat casualty care during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, resulting in the lowest fatality rate from combat injury in this history of warfare. It is one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of American medicine. The commitment to a career of selfless service by our students, faculty, staff and alumni to our nation’s service members, retirees, veterans and their families inspires me every day.”

Kellermann and his team dramatically strengthened the School’s expertise and capabilities in health professions education by establishing a center and corresponding graduate program in the field, and sending teams of health educators to military treatment facilities across the country to give multi-day faculty workshops to military health officers who want to develop their skills as educators. Under his leadership, the School’s research centers were more clearly aligned to target the major health challenges facing Service members and a Council of Center Directors was established to enhance integration. Kellermann also oversaw a significant expansion in School of Medicine research by recruiting nationally-recognized physicians, health care professionals and scientists, as well as expanding research opportunities for students in areas such as traumatic brain injury and other neurosciences, infectious diseases, and more. These and other measures helped the School of Medicine increase its research funding three-fold between 2013 and 2020.

“Dr. Kellermann has distinguished himself as a leader, a role model and a tireless advocate for his students, faculty and alumni. Under his leadership as dean, the School of Medicine has made significant advances in education, clinical care, research and diversity. His depth of expertise and knowledge have been invaluable to building a strong and respected school that continues to attract world-class faculty and highly-motivated medical and graduate students,” said USU President Dr. Richard Thomas in an announcement to the university community, July 29.

In 2017, while serving as dean, Kellermann and Navy Capt. (Dr.) Eric Elster co-edited “Out of the Crucible: How the U.S. Military Transformed Combat Casualty Care in Iraq and Afghanistan.” The book, published by the U.S. Army’s Borden Institute, chronicles more than 28 major innovations that were introduced or dramatically expanded during the conflicts, and are now improving trauma care throughout the United States.

“VCU Health is unique as an academic health system that is focused on caring for every member of the community, giving young people from all walks of life a great education and generating knowledge and discoveries that will improve the health of Virginians and contribute to the state’s economy,” explained Kellermann. “I look forward to joining their team.”

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