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Medical Educator Appointed Acting Vice Chancellor

Nationally Known Medical Educator Appointed Acting Vice Chancellor and Dean

Phyllis A. Guze, M.D. will serve until permanent founding dean is appointed

(December 1, 2008)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Phyllis A. Guze, a nationally recognized leader in medical education, has been appointed Acting Vice Chancellor for Medical Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside.

Guze has been serving as executive director of medical school planning at UCR for the past year, and holds an academic appointment as professor of clinical medicine in the UCLA School of Medicine. She will not be a candidate for the permanent founding vice chancellor for medical sciences and medical school dean. A national recruitment for the position is currently underway and expected to take between nine and 12 months.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Guze continue to lead the development of our School of Medicine,” said Chancellor Timothy P. White. “The Regents’ establishment of the leadership title of Vice Chancellor for Medical Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine is an important next step, as it recognizes the stature of the position in academic medicine. It also recognizes the extraordinary ability and experience that Dr. Guze brings to this role on an interim basis until the permanent incumbent arrives.”

White and Guze are jointly chairing the search committee, comprised of representatives of the UCR faculty, staff and students, other University of California medical schools and the community. In addition, Guze will provide leadership for gaining accreditation of the medical school curriculum from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and for developing affiliations with regional hospitals and clinics for the training of medical students and residents.

“The medical school will be a much-needed resource for the Inland Empire, where health care providers are few in relation to the rapidly growing and diverse population,” said Guze. “It is a privilege to have a role in starting the first public medical school in California in more than 40 years.”

Guze has been a faculty member at UCLA since 1974 and has held a variety of leadership positions in the UCLA medical school, including dean for education and executive vice chair of the department of medicine. She also served as chair of the Department of Medicine at the Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

She has received numerous teaching and medical education awards, including the UCLA School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Education and the National Alpha Omega Alpha Distinguished Teacher Award. Currently, she also serves as a Regent for the American College of Physicians, the nation’s leading professional organization for internal medicine. Guze received her M.D. degree at the University of Southern California in 1971.

Guze will earn $306,933 annually from UCR, which reflects a 60 percent appointment. She will continue her academic appointment as professor of clinical medicine at UCLA.

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