Sunday, April 26, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Johns Hopkins’ chief surgeon to head UCD Health System

By
From page A1 | September 18, 2013 |

UC Davis on Tuesday named a new vice chancellor for human health sciences and medical school dean: Julie Freischlag, a professor, department director and surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

Said UCD Chancellor Linda Katehi in a news release, “When Dr. Freischlag became surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins, she became the first woman to hold this position. Throughout her career, she has served as a role model for her students, a respected colleague within the medical community, and a proven leader in advancing excellence and promoting health and wellness.

“As we grow our mission of national recognition in areas like food and health, she was our unquestioned vision of someone who would take us to new heights.”

Freischlag will replace Claire Pomeroy, now president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit organization that supports and promotes medical research. She led the health system and med school for seven years.

Freischlag’s career has taken her to UCLA (three times), UC San Diego and Wisconsin before Johns Hopkins.

“I was so impressed with the people at UC Davis — clinicians, researchers, teachers, administrators, trainees and students — the energy was amazing, and I am excited to be able to become part of it,” Freischlag said in the news release. “As many know, I was trained and also worked in the UC system, so it is delightful to come back.”

After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, in 1976, and her medical degree from Rush University in Chicago, in 1980, Freischlag served as an adjunct assistant professor of vascular surgery at UCLA Medical Center and assistant professor in resident at UC San Diego Medical Center. She completed her surgical residency and post-residency vascular fellowship at UCLA.

At the Medical College of Wisconsin, she served as a professor surgery, vice chair of the vascular surgery section and chief of surgery at Zablocki VA Medical Center.

From 1998 to 2003, Freischlag was a professor, chief of the division of vascular surgery and director of the Gonda (Goldschmied) Vascular Center David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. From there, she moved to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

She is the editor of Archives of Surgery, a major surgical journal, and serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Vascular Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons and the British Journal of Surgery.

She is a fellow, former governor and present chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons, the first woman to hold that position. She is the current president of the Society for Vascular Surgery — also the first woman to hold the title.

Freischlag has published more than 150 manuscripts, numerous abstracts and book chapters, according to Johns Hopkins, and is recognized as an expert thoracic outlet syndrome: a group of disorders that occur when the blood vessels or nerves between the collarbone and first rib become compressed.

She also has served as principal investigator for a national study of abdominal aortic aneurysms, which can cause life-threatening bleeding.

Her alma maters have recognized her as an outstanding alumna, she has been named a Baltimore Magazine “Top Doctor,” and she was selected in 2010 by Working Mother Magazine as one of the “10 most powerful moms in health care.”

Katehi, Diana Farmer, chair of the UCD surgery department, and representatives from the faculty, community and the health professions were on the search committee.

Freischlag will take over on Feb. 10. Thomas Nesbitt is serving as interim vice chancellor and dean since spring 2013. Nesbitt, a UCD grad and telemedicine expert, will resume his position as associate vice chancellor for strategic technologies and alliances.

“I am most grateful for the calm and respected leadership that Dr. Nesbitt provided in this interim period,” Katehi said. “As we welcome our new vice chancellor and dean, he will ensure the continuity of excellence already found at UC Davis and help us grow toward the new future we anticipate under Dr. Freischlag’s guidance.”

As vice chancellor, she will oversee the UCD Health System, which has an annual budget of $1.4 billion and more than 12,000 faculty, staff and students. It includes the UCD Medical Center, UCD School of Medicine, Moore School of Nursing and the 1,000-physician UCD Medical Group.

Under Pomeroy’s leadership, the School of Medicine tripled its outside research funding and dramatically increased the philanthropic support. She oversaw the establishment of new programs, including the Institute for Regenerative Cures and nursing school, and other programs, like the Comprehensive Cancer Center, rose in stature.

Pomeroy’s tenure was clouded, however, by the actions of two neurosurgeons, J. Paul Muizelaar and Rudolph Schrot, who infected three brain-cancer patients with bowel bacteria in a failed effort to save their lives in 2010 and 2011.

The surgeons did so with the patients’ permission but without proper university or federal approval. The pair resigned in August after a UCD investigation ruled that they had violated the school’s code of conduct.

— Reach Cory Golden at [email protected] or 530-747-8046. Follow him on Twitter at @cory_golden

Comments

comments

Cory Golden

Cory Golden

The Enterprise's higher-education and congressional reporter. http://about.me/cory_golden
  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
     
    Davis team wins world robotics championship

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Nepal quake death toll exceeds 1,800

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

    Spring storm delivers late rain, snow to Northern California

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    At the Pond: Plenty of pleasures in our bioregion

    By Jean Jackman | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Pioneering organic chef presents her memoir Monday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Suspect in UCD assault arrested

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A4

    Dog park marks anniversary with cleanup

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Rail-safety bill passes Senate committee

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Free Family Bike Clinic set Sunday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Watch them in action

    By Julia Ann Easley | From Page: A5

    Stocks rise on tech earnings; Nasdaq adds to record

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

     
    Dodd speaks as part of public policy series

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

    We did it (together)!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

     
    $2.72 million judgment ordered against Dollar Tree Stores

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

    Fly Fishers to hear about advanced streamer tactics on Tuesday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    Bicycle activist will speak Monday at Hall of Fame

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    UCD hosts bike auction Saturday, May 2

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    .

    Forum

    New ways of giving locally and beyond

    By Marion Franck | From Page: B6

     
    Study questions accuracy of tumor gene mapping

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

     
    Those texts still linger

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B6

    Mayor’s Corner: A spirit of renewal permeates Davis

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12

     
    More work to do for a safe Picnic Day

    By Our View | From Page: A12

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A12

     
    Poker proceeds help youths

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

    Invest in water of the future

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

     
    Water, water everywhere?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

     
    Anaheim, where The Force is with you

    By Sebastian Onate | From Page: A13 | Gallery

    .

    Sports

    Grizzlies dominate young Blue Devils on Senior Night

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Energy, fan-friendly happenings highlight UCD spring football game

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Blue Devil golfers capture CAL Invitational title

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Davis gets two baseball wins in two days

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1

    UCD roundup: Aggies reach water polo semifinals

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

     
    Blue Devil swimmers are up to the challenge

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    DHS softball struggles continue against Sheldon

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B12 | Gallery

     
    Babich brings the heat as DHS girls stick it to Oak Ridge

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B12 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    History comes alive in ‘The Sacramento Picture’

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

    Big Italian food, sports bar to fill Little Prague

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    Yolo County real estate sales

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A7

    Davis Roots hires new general manager

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    Comcast announces speed upgrade

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Valente Forrest Dolcini

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Whitney Joy Engler

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, April 26, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B8