Archive for Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Internal candidate named new executive vice chancellor at KU Medical Center

December 26, 2012, 1:35 p.m. Updated December 27, 2012, 8:50 a.m.


Douglas Girod, senior associate dean for clinical affairs and chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at the Kansas University School of Medicine.

Douglas Girod, senior associate dean for clinical affairs and chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at the Kansas University School of Medicine.

Internal candidate Douglas Girod will take over the top job at the Kansas University Medical Center, KU announced Wednesday.

Girod, currently the senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the KU School of Medicine, will become the Medical Center’s new executive vice chancellor on Feb. 1.

A surgeon, Girod joined the faculty at KUMC in 1994. He is also the chairman of the medical school’s Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.

One of Girod’s first tasks after stepping in as the new KUMC leader is likely to be to begin a search for a dean of the School of Medicine. Barbara Atkinson, who retired in June, had served as both medical-school dean and the executive vice chancellor for the campus. But KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little indicated a desire to split the jobs, and a search for a dean had already begun when Atkinson announced in April she would be leaving KU earlier than expected. That search morphed into an effort to hire a new executive vice chancellor instead.

Girod and two external candidates — medical leaders at the University of Washington and Louisiana State University — were announced as finalists for the job in November. The three finalists were selected by a search committee and took part in town hall meetings on the KUMC campus. After that, the hiring decision was in Gray-Little’s hands.

“Dr. Girod has been a steadfast leader during a time of profound transformation at the University of Kansas Medical Center, playing crucial roles over the last several years as we saw dynamic growth in all of our educational, clinical, research and community engagement missions,” Gray-Little said in a release. “He is enormously respected by his colleagues, his students, his fellow physicians and our community, and his vision will undoubtedly lead to more significant transformation in the years ahead.”

The Journal-World was unable to reach Girod on Wednesday. A KUMC spokeswoman said he was busy in surgery all day.

In a release, Girod said, “As we train future generations of health care professionals and continue to make world-changing discoveries in our laboratories and in our communities, we will be faced with tremendous challenges and opportunities — and we are blessed with extraordinary support from citizens, community leaders, donors, alumni and policymakers throughout the state of Kansas and across the state line in Missouri. I look forward to strengthening and expanding those relationships in an effort to improve the health of all.”

Girod, 54, earned his medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco in 1985 and completed two residencies and a National Institutes of Health research fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle.

He has also published dozens of scholarly journal articles, given nearly 50 presentations for national and international groups, received numerous professional honors and has helped with international medical missions in countries including Uganda, Guatemala and the Philippines.

Ed Ellerbeck, KUMC’s preventive medicine and public health chairman and the leader of the search committee for the EVC position, said Girod impressed the committee with the job he’d done building the otolaryngology department, which he said excels in clinical service, research and education.

Girod has the respect of his peers at KUMC and nationally, Ellerbeck said, having been chosen for leadership spots at the Medical Center and for national organizations.

“He’s got a longstanding history as a well-recognized leader at KUMC,” Ellerbeck said.

Girod has shown an ability to build a successful clinical enterprise, Ellerbeck said, and clinical work will be very important to the medical center’s future.

Bob Page, president and CEO of the KU Hospital, said Girod played a key role in the hospital’s high spot on the U.S. News and World Report rankings of best hospitals for ear, nose and throat care — No. 20 on the most recent list.

Girod lives in Mission Hills with his wife. More of Girod’s career information is posted on a KUMC Web page set up to track the executive vice chancellor search.


KU_cynic 5 years, 4 months ago

WHATEVER will Dolph carp about henceforth in his Saturday column?

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 5 years, 4 months ago

Now that they got rid of that Atkinson woman they're starting to hire decent candidates not political hacks like the disgraced Republican state senator she made a Vice Chancellor.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 5 years, 4 months ago

Not sure what some of you guys are talking about with Dolph and KU Med. Atkinson always seemed to me to be a stooge for the country club Republicans in the legislature. That's how she wound up with the putz who won Ralph Nader's investigative report as poster child for political corruption in Kansas. Dolph was the only one who griped about it.

KU_cynic 5 years, 4 months ago

No, Atkinson had to go, and it took way to long to show her the door. On that count Dolph was spot on. Since then, however, his constant carping about the search process for a new KUMC head has been ill-informed and, well, annoying.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 4 months ago

Girod appears to be a good choice. Outside blood is always good, but Girod seems capable. Time will tell.

As to Mr. Simons's criticism of KU, trying to rationalize it or apply some consistent standard is a fool's errand. He will always find much to criticize in every decision made by KU (especially by the chancellor). It is my impression that Mr. Simons greatly desires to be a Regent and will not be happy until that happens.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 5 years, 4 months ago

Was he this critical during Gene Budig's tenure as Chancellor? I don't recall any issues that he raised during that era, but then again , Budig was competent and I don't think the same thing can be said for his two successors. Am I wrong?

LJD230 5 years, 4 months ago

The medical school is the weakest component of KUMC. It will be important to choose a new dean who will have the clinical chops combined with the requisite leadership and management skills to increase the reputation of the school and focus on the education of physician-scientists. Great medical schools are not factories that produce country doctors.

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