Dr. Daniel Hollander, the state's highest paid employee, resigned as executive dean of KU's School of Medicine.
Another senior Kansas University Medical Center official fell victim Monday to backlash from mismanagement of the heart transplant program.
Dr. Daniel Hollander, executive dean of the KU School of Medicine, resigned from his $253,000-a-year administrative job. He will retain a faculty appointment in internal medicine.
"I've determined at this point in my career to take the opportunity to leave administration for the time being and concentrate on teaching and full-time patient care," he said in a statement.
On Sunday, the Journal-World reported KUMC Executive Vice Chancellor Donald Hagen gave Hollander an ultimatum: resign or accept a new job.
Hagen said Monday that Hollander provided valuable leadership to the medical school in Kansas City, Kan. He didn't comment on the heart transplant program.
"We're glad he will remain on faculty and will continue to serve our patients," Hagen said.
He said an acting executive dean would be appointed soon.
It was just one month ago that Glenn Potter, vice chancellor for hospital administration at KUMC, agreed to step down effective June 1996.
Potter and Hollander fell victim to administrative housecleaning resulting from bitter controversy surrounding the medical center's defunct heart program.
In April, KUMC pulled the plug on the transplant operation. In May, Hollander and Potter blamed problems on surgeon Jon Moran, who has since left the medical center.
Three subsequent investigations determined top KUMC officials failed to take appropriate administrative action to fix the heart program.
"They didn't exercise any oversight of the heart transplant program," state auditors said in a September report.
Investigators found KUMC rejected 45 donor hearts and performed no successful transplants from May 1994 to March.
Patients lined up for transplants at the medical center were never informed hearts were being refused. Patients continued to be added to a transplant waiting list while KUMC medical staff knew no operations were being performed.
Two months ago, KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway promised a review of personnel involved in the heart program. He declined to comment Monday on Hollander's resignation.
Hollander, 56, had been executive dean since February 1994. He previously was senior associate dean for clinical affairs at University of California College of Medicine in Irvine, Calif.
At KUMC, Hollander said his accomplishments included curriculum reform, formation of a centralized practice organization for doctors and acquisition of a $15 million grant to support education of primary-care physicians.