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Penn State Names New Leader of College of Medicine and Medical Center


Harold Louis Paz

Harold Louis Paz, MD, MS, has been appointed as the next Penn State senior vice president for health affairs, dean of the Penn State University College of Medicine, and chief executive officer of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, taking over from Darrell G. Kirch, MD, who will assume the presidency of the Association of American Medical Colleges this year. Penn State also announced that the chair of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director of Penn State Children's Hospital at Hershey Medical Center, A. Craig Hillemeier, MD, would serve as the interim dean of the College of Medicine and chief executive officer of the Hershey Medical Center until Dr. Paz assumes his new duties at Penn State, effective April 24, 2006. Dr. Paz currently serves as the dean of the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in New Brunswick, New Jersey, a position he has held for 10 years. During Dr. Paz's time as dean of the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, the New Jersey-based institution has experienced tremendous growth and development, with the school growing to include a current faculty of 2,500, a student body of more than 1,000 on three campuses, and a total annual budget of greater than $400 million. Additionally, under the direction of Dr. Paz, the institution has enjoyed drastic expansion of its research arm, including the establishment of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and a near-doubling of National Institutes of Health grant support between 1988 and 2004. Furthermore, Dr. Paz has implemented major curriculum changes at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Paz completed his undergraduate degree in biology and psychology at the University of Rochester and received his master's degree in life science engineering from Tufts University. Dr. Paz received his medical degree from Rochester …

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