Andrew Filak Jr., MD, has been appointed by UC President Neville Pinto, PhD, to serve as the interim senior vice president for health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine, effective Aug. 2.
Filak currently serves as senior associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Medicine and vice president for education for UC Health. He also is chair of the Department of Medical Education and designated institutional official (DIO) for graduate medical education for the College of Medicine and UC Medical Center. He previously served as interim dean of the college and UC vice president for health affairs from August 2010 through June 2011.
"With over three decades of experience at the UC College of Medicine and the Academic Heath Center, we are fortunate to have someone as knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated as Dr. Filak to lead the College of Medicine and our Academic Health Center forward during this transition,” Pinto said. "In the days ahead, he will be working with Dr. William Ball, the current senior vice president for health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine, to ensure a smooth transition in leadership.”
Pinto announced April 10 that Ball would be stepping down as dean Aug. 1. He served initially as interim vice president for health affairs and dean from Nov. 1, 2014 until April 15, 2015 when he was named senior vice president for health affairs and dean.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Pinto and the leadership of the College of Medicine as we continue to move forward in our missions of education, research and clinical care. I have been proud to be a Bearcat for the past 40 years. We have an outstanding faculty that continues to explore and advance each of our three missions. Our students are exceptional and have unlimited potential,” Filak said.
"I have great confidence in our administrative leadership including our dean’s staff and our department chairs. I look forward to working with our many partners within the university, in the health care sector and in the community. The College of Medicine is a tremendous resource for and asset to greater Cincinnati and I am fully committed to our continued success and advancement,” he added.
In his capacity as senior associate dean, Filak’s responsibilities have included oversight of the Offices of Medical Education, Student Affairs and Admissions, Graduate Medical Education and Continuous Professional Development. He holds academic appointments as professor of medical education and family and community medicine.
Filak received his medical degree from George Washington University in 1978. He completed his training in family medicine at the College of Medicine from 1978 to 1981, after which he joined the family medicine faculty. He served as director of the Family Medicine Residency Training Program for several years. He was appointed associate dean for graduate medical education and DIO in 1987 and assumed responsibility for the medical student education program in 1991. In January 2009 he became the founding chair of the College of Medicine’s newly formed Department of Medical Education.
Filak continues to practice family medicine, teach medical students and residents and serve on many national, state and university committees. In 2011 he was appointed to the Advisory Panel on Medical Education of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is a past president of the Association for Hospital Medical Education. Filak is an alumnus of the Harvard Macy Program for Leaders in Medical Education. The current vice chair of the board of directors of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, he serves as a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Institutional Review Committee.
Last month, Filak received the Daniel Drake Medal from the UC College of Medicine, the college’s highest honor. Other honors he has received include the Educator of the Year Award from the Ohio Academy of Family Medicine, the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the John C. Leonard Award from the Association for Hospital Medical Education and the UC President’s Award for Excellence.