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July 14, 2010

Changes in UConn Medical Group

The UConn Medical Group (UMG) is an enormous source of pride for the School of Medicine and the University. It is the largest multispecialty practice in the region and includes talented specialists and subspecialists with expertise ranging from primary care and geriatrics to specialized care for patients with cancer, heart disease, arthritis and much more.

To meet the leadership demands of this dynamic practice, it has become increasingly clear that UMG needs a physician-leader who can dedicate approximately 75 to 80 percent of his or her time to administrative issues related to the practice, in addition to a full-time Chief Operating Officer.

For nearly four years, Dr. Peter Albertsen has capably served as Medical Director of UMG, a role he previously held when the practice was first created, and the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, along with his many other duties as Chief of the Division of Urology, Associate Dean for Clinical Research Planning and Administration, and Director of the Urology Residency Program. In addition, Dr. Albertsen has a robust clinical practice and maintains a national profile in the research of evidence-based treatment of prostate cancer.

With the increasing demands of the UMG leadership role, Dr. Albertsen has decided to step down from his UMG and Clinical Affairs roles – and maintain his many other responsibilities throughout the Health Center.

I am deeply grateful to Dr. Albertsen for the reliable, collaborative and sound leadership he has provided to UMG – and I am confident of his continued success in all aspects of his already impressive career.

Effective August 1, Dr. Adam Silverman will assume the role of UMG’s Interim Medical Director, and a national search will commence in early 2011 for a permanent director.  Dr. Silverman will also assume the role of Interim Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. Dr. Silverman currently serves as Special Assistant to the Vice President and Dean, Division Head of General Internal Medicine, including leading the Health Center’s primary care practices and the hospitalist program. His firsthand knowledge of UMG will serve us exceedingly well in the months ahead.

Lastly, as many of you may know, Marie Whalen, UMG’s Chief Operational Officer, will be retiring this fall after many years of accomplished service to the Health Center. A national search for Ms. Whalen’s replacement will begin this month.

Please join me in heartily thanking both Dr. Albertsen and Ms. Marie Whalen for their commitment and hard work on behalf of UMG. I ask you also to be supportive of Dr. Silverman as he assumes new responsibilities in the months ahead.

Sincerely,

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, School of Medicine