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Messages from the Executive Vice President

November 18, 2013

Leadership Updates

I am pleased to announce two leadership appointments.

I have named Dr. Denis Lafreniere the Medical Director of the UConn Medical Group and the Health Centerís Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. As you may know, Dr. Lafreniere has been providing interim leadership in both of these roles. Dr. Lafreniere is a graduate of the UConn School of Medicine, an accomplished ENT specialist and director of the Division of Otolaryngology. He has held several leadership positions in recent years and continues to see patients in ENT and the Voice and Speech Clinic, which he founded in 1992.

Dr. Scott Allen, the Health Centerís Medical Director of Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety, has been named the Assistant Dean for John Dempsey Hospital. This is an essential role in coordinating our educational activities for all students and residents in the clinical setting. Dr. Allen will be responsible for ensuring that our educational programs at John Dempsey Hospital are of the highest quality. In addition, he will work closely with Dr. Suzanne Rose, Senior Associate Dean for Education, to help us maintain our excellent status with our accrediting bodies, the LCME and ACGME. A primary care physician, Dr. Allen has won numerous teaching awards and previously served as Program Director of the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Please join us in extending best wishes to Denis and Scott in their new endeavors.


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