Transition in the College of Medicine

Faculty and Staff — December 5, 2019

Transition in the College of Medicine


We are writing to let you know that K. Craig Kent, MD, dean of the College of Medicine, vice president for Health Sciences and the Leslie H. and Abigail S. Wexner Dean’s Chair in Medicine, has accepted a new and exciting opportunity as executive vice president for health affairs at the University of Virginia, effective Feb. 1.

In this senior leadership role, Dr. Kent will oversee UVA Health and its clinical enterprise. The position reports directly to the university president. Dr. Kent will be responsible for developing the overall strategy of the University of Virginia Medical Center, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, University Physicians Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library.

Dr. Kent was selected for this new role, in part, because of his achievements at Ohio State, which have elevated the national reputation of the College of Medicine and the Wexner Medical Center. Since he joined the university in 2016, the College of Medicine has recruited a host of new leaders and the faculty has grown from 1,680 to over 2,100. Multiple clinical programs have been developed or expanded, research funding has increased over 30%, a new physician compensation model has been implemented and the college of medicine welcomed one of the nation’s most diverse medical school classes. Dr. Kent was recently inducted into the prestigious National Academy of Medicine, an elite honor bestowed upon a select group of national leaders in academic medicine. These numerous contributions have positioned the college and the medical center for continued growth and success.

We appreciate all that Dr. Kent has accomplished at Ohio State and congratulate him on this impressive next step in his career. Plans are already underway to launch a search for a world-class leader to serve as our next dean of the College of Medicine. Information on an interim leader will be forthcoming.


Bruce A. McPheron, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost

Harold L. Paz, MD
Executive Vice President and Chancellor for Health Affairs
Chief Executive Officer, Wexner Medical Center