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Messages from the Executive Vice President

March 5, 2014

New Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Steven R. Bergmann, M.D., Ph.D., has been named the new Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs for the UConn School of Medicine, with oversight over a range of initiatives including appointments to the faculty, promotion and tenure and policy review. Dr. Bergmann will also expand initiatives in faculty mentoring across all domains of the Health Center.

Dr. Bergmann is an internationally recognized cardiologist who has held leadership positions in academics and administration throughout his career. He will join UConn Health in early April from Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, where he currently serves as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Medicine and Chief of the Thomas Killip Division of Cardiology. He is Professor of Medicine and Radiology at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Dr. Bergmann has been with Beth Israel for more than a decade. He previously served as Director of Nuclear Cardiology at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and Medical Director of Nuclear Cardiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

He is widely published in scholarly journals; his research and clinical interests are in stress testing, positron emission tomography of the heart and measurement of blood flow and heart metabolism. He was instrumental in the development of t-PA, now widely used to dissolve blood clots in the heart and brain.

At UConn Health, Dr. Bergmann succeeds Mary Casey Jacob, Ph.D., who was instrumental in the creation of the Office of Faculty Affairs and upheld its commitment to transparency and fairness. Dr. Jacob announced her decision to step down as Senior Associate Dean in late 2012 and graciously agreed to continue her work while the national search for her replacement was conducted.

During her tenure as Senior Associate Dean, and with assistance of Dr. Jeri Hepworth, a faculty development program was started and continues to grow. More recently, Dr. Jacob has been instrumental in the negotiations and collaborations with AAUP. Dr. Jacob has provided guidance and support to many of our faculty over the years and as she returns to the faculty ranks now, she will continue to be a valued colleague.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Bergmann and thanking Dr. Jacob for her years of service.


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