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June 2011 Issue

Thomas Boat, MD
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New Dean Seeks to Strengthen Basic Science Programs, Collaborations

By Katie Pence
Published June 2011

Thomas Boat, MD, was appointed dean of UC’s College of Medicine and vice president for health affairs on May 18. The appointment is effective July 1.

Boat has served as executive associate dean for the College of Medicine since April 2008 and as chief executive officer of University of Cincinnati Physicians since July 2008.

"After a thorough national search for the right candidate to fill this important position, it is clear that the best person for the job is right here at home,” said UC President Gregory H. Williams during the internal announcement in Kresge Auditorium.

Boat says that his previous experience has given him a chance to know the clinical activities and departments in the College of Medicine but that he will be working to learn more about the challenges and opportunities within the basic science departments.

"I am also not as familiar with the college’s education programs, but Dr. (Andrew) Filak is going to return to his role as senior associate dean for academic affairs and as chair for the department of medical education. He will be taking on expanded roles in these leadership positions and will provide educational leadership as he always has done so well,” he says.

Boat, a professor of pediatrics, adds that he hopes to strengthen relationships with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as well as learn more about other Academic Health Center affiliates, like the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Shriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati. Collaboration with other health systems in the region is also a goal.

"Clinically, I feel that we are in a good situation with a unified agenda as far as the UC Health system goes,” he says. "Our collaborative efforts create a very strong and well functioning system that has an academic agenda—an important element that is in line with the goals of the College of Medicine.”

But Boat says he knows there are many challenges ahead for him.

"Much of my attention will be focused on our research programs—to take out the redundant and non-productive costs and support productive investigators and supportive investigative infrastructures,” he says. "I feel like UC Health is a good model, with an integrated faculty practice that is growing every day.

"I will spend time assembling a leadership management team that will work to keep faculty connected with college of medicine goals and communicate well.”

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Boat says it’s not as simple as finding a new CEO of University of Cincinnati Physicians.

"This person will also be senior associate dean of the College of Medicine and the senior vice president for UC Health, overseeing the ambulatory practices,” he says. "This is a big job.”

Boat says he and Chief Executive Officer of UC Health Jim Kingsbury will identify candidates in coming months and the boards for UC Physicians and UC Heath will also be involved in selecting someone for this position.

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