University of Iowa moves ahead with search for new medical vice president and dean

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Twenty-one members of the University of Iowa Health Care community, UI administration, or Board of Regents have been appointed to a committee to find the campus’ next vice president for medical affairs and dean of its Carver College of Medicine.


The search committee to replace outgoing Vice President and Dean Brooks Jackson also has chosen the executive search firm of Wittkieffer to assist in the national hunt for a successor.


The university hasn’t yet signed a contract with Wittkieffer or agreed how much to pay the firm. Wittkieffer, according to its website, currently is helping UI find administrators for its College of Public Health, and find new chief analytics and chief quality control officers for UI Hospitals & Clinics.


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Jackson, 68, last month announced he was stepping down after four years leading UI’s $1.2 billion health care operation — which includes its hospitals and clinics, with more than 16,500 employees, students, and volunteers caring for more than 32,800 inpatients and thousands more outpatients annually in its 860-bed hospital and clinics.


He’s also leaving his dual role atop UI’s Carver College of Medicine — which employs more than 1,000 faculty. They instruct more than 600 medical students, 50 physician assistant students, 111 physical therapy students, 337 graduate students, and more than 5,000 undergraduates taking basic sciences classes.


UI Health Care touts its total impact on the state’s economy as more than $4 billion, responsible for more than 33,000 jobs statewide.


Jackson plans to stay on the UI faculty to pursue research as a professor of pathology — having previously earned international acclaim for his involvement in landmark clinical trials to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission and treatment of pediatric HIV infection and complications.


“These trials led to the prevention of HIV infection for hundreds of thousands of infants as well as improved treatments for children born with HIV worldwide,” according to Jackson’s bio on the UIHC website.


Neither he nor university officials have said why Jackson is stepping down now — as UIHC is building a $395 million, 469,000-square-foot hospital and clinic in North Liberty, the biggest hospital project in state history, and after recently announcing plans to construct a new inpatient tower on the main campus as soon as 2025.


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UIHC also recently lost its CEO Suresh Gunasekaran, who was recruited away after just three years at Iowa to lead the No. 9-ranked University of California San Francisco Academic Health System.


UI administrators have said they’ll launch a national search to replace Gunasekaran after Jackson’s successor begins.


Jackson — who replaced former UIHC Vice President and Dean Jean Robillard in 2017 and today is making a salary of $1.06 million — has said he’ll stay on until a new vice president and dean arrives.


UI President Barbara Wilson and Provost Kevin Kregel last month named professor John Keller, special assistant to the provost and Graduate College dean emeritus, and professor Cynthia Wong, departmental executive officer in the Department of Anesthesia, to serve as co-chairs of the search committee to replace Jackson.


Other committee members announced Thursday include:


  • Ted Abel, neuroscience professor, departmental executive officer of the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, and Iowa Neuroscience Institute director.

  • Sheila Baldwin, vice president of health sciences development with the UI Center for Advancement.

  • Sherry Bates, Board of Regents president pro tem.

  • Catherine Bradley, professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, and Epidemiology, division director of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, and Faculty Senate and Council representative.

  • Mark Braun, Board of Regents executive director.

  • Mike Brownlee, clinical associate professor and associate dean with the College of Pharmacy and chief pharmacy officer and associate director of UI Hospitals and Clinics.

  • Chris Cooper, urology professor and senior associate dean for medical education.

  • Nkanyezi Ferguson, clinical associate professor of dermatology.

  • Megan Foley-Nicpon, professor and department executive officer of the Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations.

  • Isabella Grumbach, professor and interim chair and department executive officer of the Department of Internal Medicine.

  • Lindell Joseph, clinical professor and director of Health Systems/Administration and CNL programs in the College of Nursing and Faculty Senate and Council representative.

  • Jackie Kleppe, director of outreach and engagement with UI Health Care Marketing and Communications and president-elect of UI Staff Council.

  • J. Lawrence Marsh, professor, chair, and department executive officer of the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation.

  • Pete Matthes, vice president for external relations and senior adviser to UI President Wilson.

  • Madison Mix, Medical Scientist Training Program graduate student, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Immunology.

  • Santiago Ortega-Gutierrez, clinical associate professor, director of neurointerventional surgery in neurology, and director of endovascular surgical neuroradiology fellowship in the Department of Neurology, Radiology and Neurosurgery.

  • Edith Parker, College of Public Health dean and professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health.

  • Dionne Skeete, clinical professor and director of the Acute Care Surgery Division in the Department of Surgery.

  • Alexander Thompson, clinical professor and vice chair for education in the Department of Psychiatry.