Colo. – John J. Reilly, Jr., MD, has been named the next dean of
the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the University’s vice
chancellor for health affairs, effective April 1, 2015.
Reilly is currently the Jack D. Myers Professor and Chair of the Department of
Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He joined Pitt in 2008 after more
than two decades with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
is a prolific researcher who has authored or co-authored more than 100
peer-reviewed research reports and co-authored chapters in two of the most
well-known textbooks of internal medicine. His areas of interest include the
genetic and environmental factors associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease (COPD) and the role of alveolar macrophage enzymes in emphysema, COPD
and lung cancer.
Reilly was selected after a nationwide search of highly qualified applicants
and the announcement of his appointment comes one year after Richard D.
Krugman, MD, announced his plan to step down as dean of the University of
Colorado School of Medicine when his successor was hired. Dr. Krugman became
acting dean in 1990 and was appointed dean in 1992. He is the longest-serving
medical school dean in the United States.
are extremely pleased to hire a talented academic leader of Dr. Reilly’s
caliber,” said Donald Elliman, Jr., chancellor of the University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus. “He brings strong leadership and the ability to work
constructively with others across disciplines, departments and backgrounds.”
Elliman also thanked Dr. Krugman for his distinguished career as leader of the CU School of Medicine. During Dr. Krugman’s tenure as dean more than 4,000 physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists and medical scientists earned degrees from the school.
are grateful for Dr. Krugman’s commitment to creating an environment that
nurtured and launched the careers of thousands of medical professionals,”
Elliman said. “Colorado, our country and the world are a better place because
of his careful stewardship.”
Reilly, who will hold the Richard D. Krugman, MD, School of Medicine Dean’s
Endowed Chair, graduated from Harvard Medical School after earning an
undergraduate degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College. He completed his
residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and later completed
a fellowship there in pulmonary and critical care medicine.
Reilly is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and by that
Board’s Pulmonary Subspecialty Board. He also holds a Board Certificate of
Competence in Critical Care, is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians,
and is a past chair of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Clinical
Trials Study Section.
You can read Dr. Reilly’s Curriculum Vitae and watch Dr. Reilly address CU Anschutz Faculty and others at an open forum on Oct. 27. Listen to the recording here →
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