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Messages from the Executive Vice President

January 18, 2013


First, I am delighted to announce we have recently recruited talented individuals into two key leadership positions.

Vice President, Human Resources

In March, Elizabeth T. Bolt, will join the Health Center as the Vice President for Human Resources. Elizabeth currently serves as Senior Associate Dean for Administration at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she has held leadership positions, including Human Resources oversight, since 2005. She also has a background in health care, having served as Regional Vice President for Lutheran Social Services/DePaul Hospital in Milwaukee.

Her familiarity with academic medicine, human resources and administration made her an outstanding match for the Health Center. She is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids and earned a Masterís Degree in Management from the University of Wisconsin.

Associate Dean for Career Development

Lori A. Bastian, M.D., M.P.H., Professor and Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, will serve as Associate Dean for Career Development. In this new role, Dr. Bastian will work with me to develop and lead career development and mentoring programs.

Dr. Bastian is an experienced health services researcher with expertise in research on womenís health, cancer control and primary care. She also serves as a Senior Research Associate at VA Connecticut Healthcare System in Newington. She will work to develop stronger clinical, educational and research collaborations between UConn Health Center and the VA.

Dr. Bastian completed her medical training at Emory University and her residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University. She then obtained her Masterís in Public Health from the University of North Carolina in 1991 before returning to Duke as a faculty member from 1991-2012.

In 2000, she received an Advanced Career Development Award from VA HSR&D to study health behavior interventions. She has published more than 95 peer-reviewed manuscripts and served as principal investigator on several NIH and VA clinical trials. At Duke, Dr. Bastian served on the Executive Committee for two K12 programs. She has mentored 30 trainees (nine pre-doctoral, 12 post-doctoral and nine faculty members).

Second, I am pleased to announce the Health Center closed today on the purchase of the property at 195 Farmington Avenue. The acquisition of the building meets many of our strategic needs:

  • Provides critically needed parking for employees
  • Provides office space for employees and programs that will be displaced when the Dowling North and Dowling South office buildings are demolished to start construction of The Jackson Laboratory
  • Reduces the Health Centerís annual lease expenses for off-campus space
  • Provides substantial rental income from tenants

Thank you.
Frank M. Torti
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, UConn School of Medicine