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UK hires new dean for medical school, loses chief medical officer

Dr. Robert DiPaola is expected to start in March as dean of the University of Kentucky medical school. He is director of the Rutgers CancerInstitute of New Jersey and vice chancellor for cancer programs at the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences center.
Dr. Robert DiPaola is expected to start in March as dean of the University of Kentucky medical school. He is director of the Rutgers CancerInstitute of New Jersey and vice chancellor for cancer programs at the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences center.

The University of Kentucky has hired a new dean for the College of Medicine, officials announced Monday. Robert DiPaola, director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and vice chancellor for cancer programs at the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences center, is expected to start in March, pending approval from the UK Board of Trustees.

“We are thrilled to welcome someone of Dr. DiPaola’s caliber, who is nationally renowned for excellence in clinical, research and leadership settings, to the UK family,” said provost Tim Tracy. “His accomplishments in translational research and his exemplary leadership experience make him the ideal person to build upon the College of Medicine’s legacy of academic excellence.”

At Rutgers, he was responsible for all research, clinical and administrative activities of a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and led the successful renewal of the designation in 2011.

DiPaola earned a bachelor of science and medical degrees at the University of Utah, completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and completed a fellowship in hematology-oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

Last week, UK HealthCare lost one of its top officials. Chief medical officer Bernard Boulanger accepted a job as executive vice president of MetroHealth System in Cleveland. Boulanger has been at UK 17 years; he was named UK’s top medical officer in 2012 after having served as a trauma surgeon, medical director of inpatient services and executive of UK Good Samaritan Hospital.

Linda Blackford: 859-231-1359, @lbblackford

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