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UC Davis School of Medicine

UC Davis School of Medicine

NEWS | November 19, 2012

Claire Pomeroy to step down in June

(DAVIS, Calif.)

Claire Pomeroy, vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis, has announced that she will leave the university on June 30, at the end of the academic year.

Claire Pomeroy © UC Regents Claire Pomeroy © UC Regents

"It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the health system, and to work with so many extraordinarily talented and dedicated faculty, staff and students," said Pomeroy. "It is never easy to leave an institution you love or a job that has been as rewarding and fulfilling as mine, but after 10 years at UC Davis, I now wish to move forward to the next phase of my career and have a national impact by contributing to the re-design of the health care system at this pivotal moment in our country's history."

A recruitment advisory committee will be established shortly to begin the search for Pomeroy's replacement.

"Under Claire's leadership, UC Davis Health System has become a world-class institution, and we are grateful for her many contributions," said Linda P.B. Katehi, chancellor of UC Davis. "She is a forceful advocate for the importance of translational research, a strong proponent of inter-professional approaches to education and clinical care, and a tireless leader in addressing the social determinants of health and reducing health disparities."

Over the last decade, UC Davis School of Medicine nearly tripled its outside research funding, which now totals nearly $200 million annually. The health system dramatically increased its philanthropic support, with some $281 million raised during Pomeroy's tenure as vice chancellor.

Pomeroy led UC Davis' successful application for an inaugural Clinical and Translational Science Center to speed new effective and safe treatments into therapeutic use. She established UC Davis' Institute for Regenerative Cures for stem cell research. During her tenure, the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center earned the highest designation from the National Cancer Institute, and the UC Davis MIND Institute rose to international prominence as a leading center for autism research.

Her commitment to inter-professional education led to a $100 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to establish the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She fostered inter-professional care teams in UC Davis' clinical enterprise and developed the "schools of health" concept to integrate educational programs in medicine, nursing, informatics, public health and other health professions.

Her passion for social justice led her to create the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement. She was instrumental in developing programs in medical education specifically designed to prepare physicians to serve in rural areas, addressing a critical disparity in access to quality health care for millions of Californians. She is an advocate for addressing the social determinants of health through multisector collaborations, bringing together nontraditional partners to improve employment opportunities, education, housing, neighborhood safety, environmental conditions, access to nutritious foods and more.

Under Pomeroy's leadership, UC Davis Medical Center achieved national distinctions recognizing the use of technology solutions, including the deployment of a robust electronic health record and extensive telemedicine network, to improve patient access to safe, high-quality care. She is the namesake of the medical technology award presented annually by the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance.

Pomeroy has a special interest in health-care policy and has long been active in the national arena. She is chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers, immediate past chair of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges, a member of the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health Advisory Committee and others. Pomeroy also serves on the boards of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Latino Physicians of California, and Sierra Health Foundation, as well as numerous other regional and local boards. She has won numerous awards and was elected in 2011 to the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences.

As one of the nation's leading infectious disease physicians, Pomeroy has conducted significant research on the role of a group of proteins known as cytokines in modulating viral infections. An expert on HIV/AIDS, she is a passionate advocate for meeting the needs of people affected by HIV, serving for several years on the Board of Directors of Sacramento's Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, written numerous book chapters and edited three books.

Pomeroy joined UC Davis in 2003 as executive associate dean of the School of Medicine. She became vice chancellor and dean in 2005.  Pomeroy received bachelor and medical degrees from the University of Michigan, and then completed her residency and fellowship training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Minnesota. She earned an M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky. She held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota and the University of Kentucky prior to her move to UC Davis.

About UC Davis Health System
UC Davis Health System is improving lives and transforming health care by providing excellent patient care, conducting groundbreaking research, fostering inter-professional education, and creating innovative partnerships with the community. The academic health system includes one of the country's best medical schools, a 619-bed acute-care teaching hospital, an 800-member physician's practice group and the new Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. It is home to a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, an international neurodevelopmental institute, a stem cell institute and a comprehensive children's hospital. Other nationally prominent centers focus on advancing telemedicine, improving vascular care, eliminating health disparities and translating research findings into new treatments for patients. Together, they make UC Davis a hub of innovation that is transforming health for all. For more information, visit http://healthsystem.ucdavis.edu.