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Chancellor's Communique

Announcing New SOM Dean, 1-6-15

​Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the appointment of John J. Reilly Jr., MD, as the next dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the university’s vice chancellor for health affairs, effective April 1, 2015.

Dr. Reilly is currently the Jack D. Myers Professor and Chair for the Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has been since 2008.  An exceptional academic physician-scientist, he is also an outstanding leader and administrator. His personal research activities are focused on various pulmonary diseases, including emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer.

Dr. Reilly’s education and training include an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College and a medical degree from Harvard University, with postgraduate work at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. His academic career started at Harvard, where he rose from instructor of medicine to associate professor of medicine and served as medical director of the Lung Transplant Program and vice chairman of Brigham and Women’s Integrated Clinical Services.

Dr. Reilly will succeed Dean Richard Krugman, MD, who has served with distinction as dean for more than two decades. Dr. Krugman’s passionate and effective leadership has helped build the School of Medicine into one of the premier medical schools in the country, a leader in research, learning and clinical care. His careful stewardship has attracted top talent from across the country and fostered a culture of respect. Dr. Krugman asked us a year ago to begin the process of hiring his successor. We are grateful for his thoughtful transition planning, which enabled us to conduct a successful nationwide search that yielded many outstanding candidates, culminating in the selection of Dr. Reilly. We also extend our gratitude to search committee chair David Goff Jr., MD, PhD, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, and the search committee members for the energy and time devoted to the search process.

Please join us in wishing a warm welcome to Dr. Reilly. We are delighted that he and his wife Lise will be moving to Colorado and joining the CU Anschutz community.

Donald M. Elliman, Jr.

Lilly Marks
Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Colorado 

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