Structuring for Sustained Success

The Academic Health Center—comprising the four health colleges (Allied Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy) and closely affiliated with UC Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Shriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati—is a major and vital part of the University of Cincinnati. 

As we begin to think about permanent leadership for the Academic Health Center and its College of Medicine, we must ensure we identify an optimal organizational structure that will best serve to advance our health campus’ mission, vision and values. 

One item of particular interest is whether the Vice President for Health Affairs and College of Medicine Dean positions should continue to be held by the same person or by two people. 

Your perspective on this and other issues facing the Academic Health Center is essential. 

To guide discussion around this topic, I have engaged a team of highly respected advisors from the firm Meritt Hawkins to review the structure of the Academic Health Center and make recommendations for future organization and alignment.

I am committed to sustained success for the Academic Health Center and will work expeditiously during the next three months to ensure a strategic and inclusive process for gathering feedback and sharing recommendations. I appreciate your involvement and value your input.


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Santa J. Ono, PhD

Process Timeline



Initial Visit

An external advisory panel with representatives from Stanford University, Emory University and Penn Medicine will visit campus Nov. 23-25, 2014, to meet with key stakeholders on campus as well as with our strategic partners, including UC Health and Cincinnati Children's, and gain a better understanding of the University of Cincinnati and its Academic Health Center.

One-on-one, small group, and larger town-hall style discussions have been scheduled. Faculty, staff and students from each of the health colleges will have the opportunity to meet with the advisory panel and provide feedback at the following times:

College of Medicine Basic Science Faculty and Staff
Monday, Nov. 24, 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.
Medical Science Building E-351 

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Physicians and Staff
Monday, Nov. 24, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Sabin Auditorium

Academic Health Center Students
Monday, Nov. 24, 2 to 3 p.m.
Medical Science Building E-351

College of Medicine Clinical Faculty and Staff
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 7 to 8 a.m.
Medical Science Building E-351 

College of Medicine Residents and Fellows
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.
Medical Science Building E-351 

Winkle College of Pharmacy Faculty and Staff
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Health Professions Building Room 231

College of Allied Health Sciences Faculty and Staff
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
French East Room 335

College of Nursing Faculty and Staff
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1 to 2 p.m.
Procter Hall Room 276

An online anonymous feedback mechanism will be available Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, 2014.


Follow-up Meetings

In January 2015, the advisory panel findings will be presented to the Academic Health Center and university community. A final report, incorporating key feedback received at these follow-up meetings, will then be presented to President Ono.


Final Decision

A final decision about the structure of the Academic Health Center will be made by the President and announced in early 2015. This will provide the necessary direction to plan search activities for permanent leadership of the Academic Health Center and College of Medicine.

Academic Health Center Campus

Thomas Lawley, MD
Thomas Lawley, MD
Former Dean
Emory University School of Medicine

Philip Pizzo, MD
Philip Pizzo, MD
Former Dean
Stanford University School of Medicine
Currently David and Susan Heckerman Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine

Arthur Rubenstein, MD
Arthur Rubenstein, MD
Former Executive Vice President
Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Currently Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

AHC Leadership Framework