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School of Medicine Dean Named at University of Missouri

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Patrice (Patrick) DelafontainePhoto courtesy of MU Health System

Patrice (Patrick) Delafontaine, MD, has been named the Hugh E. and Sarah D. Stephenson Dean of the University of Missouri (UM) School of Medicine. Dr. Delafontaine’s appointment became effective on Dec. 1, 2014. He joined UM from Tulane University, where he was Sidney W. and Marilyn S. Lassen Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and chief of cardiology.

Dr. Delafontaine had served on the Tulane faculty since 2003. During his tenure there, he was director of the Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute at Tulane University School of Medicine and medical director of cardiovascular services at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic. He has also previously served in clinical leadership positions at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the University of Geneva and Emory University in Atlanta.

Dr. Delafontaine earned his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland. He completed a research and clinical fellowship in medicine (cardiology) at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Delafontaine’s groundbreaking research demonstrating the link between the renin-angiotensin system and IGF-1 has yielded important insights into muscle-wasting diseases, and his work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 18 years.

OSU Wexner Medical Center Names CEO

Sheldon RetchinPhoto courtesy of Ohio State University

Sheldon Retchin, MD, MSPH, has been named as executive vice president of health sciences and CEO of the Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center, effective March 2. He succeeds Steven Gabbe, MD, who has served as CEO since 2008. Dr. Gabbe is slated to continue as a senior vice president over health sciences through June of this year and then continue as a member of the faculty.

Dr. Retchin has served as the senior vice president for health sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and CEO …

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