New leadership structure announced for School of Medicine

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The new structure will better align MU Health Care and the School of Medicine.

On March 31, the University of Missouri announced that Rick Barohn, MD, executive vice chancellor for health affairs, will assume a new leadership role that will provide further alignment between MU Health Care and the School of Medicine.

Barohn’s role will combine the positions of executive vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. He will enter the dual role on June 1, following the conclusion of the 2021-2022 academic year. The current dean of the School of Medicine, Steve Zweig, MD, will continue to serve in his clinical role as a family physician.

“As we look to the future, appointing the executive vice chancellor to serve as dean of the School of Medicine as well as maintaining oversight of MUHC will provide further alignment that will help us more swiftly achieve our strategic goals,” said Mun Y. Choi, University of Missouri president.

Anticipating the changing needs for medicine and health care, many universities, including The Ohio State, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Michigan, already have moved to similar leadership structures that better integrate the trifold mission of education, research and patient care.

“I look forward to working with the MUHC and School of Medicine leadership and faculty through the transition,” Barohn said. “Both are on strong upward trajectories and this further integration offers exciting possibilities that will make us even more competitive among our national peers. Steve Zweig has made tremendous contributions in his time as dean, and I want to personally thank him for his dedication and passion for our mission.”