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Dr. Philip M. Farrell, dean of University of Wisconsin (UW) Medical School since 1994, will not be seeking reappointment after completing his current term in December 2005, nor will he be continuing in his position as UW-Madison vice chancellor for medical affairs, a position he has held since 2001. Prior to becoming dean, Farrell chaired the Department of Pediatrics for 10 years and was medical director of UW Children's Hospital for 8 years.
Farrell has led UW Medical School through a period of significant transformation of the medical school, the school's group practice, and the UW hospital and clinics. Among other achievements, he helped organize a major clinical merger, was key in the development of the Wisconsin Partnership Fund for a Health Future, which began in 1999, initiated the Health Sciences Learning Center, which opened in 2004, and instituted a program that allocates fiscal resources based on academic productivity.
During his productive tenure as dean, he appointed 20 new chairs of the school's 26 departments and oversaw increases in the school's endowment, research funding, and all aspects of research and research training.
Dr. Farrell plans to concentrate on pediatric pulmonology research, his clinical practice, and public health initiatives related to cystic fibrosis (CF). He continued his National Institutes of Health-supported research while serving as dean, resulting in the development of a model CF newborn screening program in Wisconsin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently recommended that such programs be adopted in other states, and Dr. Farrell plans to increase his involvement in that effort. He also expects to devote sabbatical time to the CDC in Atlanta, analyzing and pursuing options for enhanced quality assurance of CF newborn screening programs.
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