WELCOMING OUR NEW PRESIDENT DR. STEVEN L. KANTER, MD

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Dr. Steven L. Kanter, MD

"I am honored to assume the presidency of AAHC and look forward to advancing the interests of our member academic health centers around the world."

Prior to his assuming the role of President and CEO at the Association of Academic Health Centers in July 2018, Steven L. Kanter, MD, served as dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, where he is professor of medicine and biomedical and health informatics and he holds the Merl & Muriel Hicklin/Missouri Endowed Chair in Medicine. Dr. Kanter draws from a diverse background of experience that includes clinical medicine, medical informatics, scholarly publishing, medical school administration, and academic health center growth and development.

In 2015, Dr. Kanter led an effort that brought together 12 of Kansas City’s leading healthcare institutions to align more closely as an academic health center—the University of Missouri-Kansas City Health Sciences District. The participating institutions include an adult, acute-care hospital; a children’s hospital; a university and its four health sciences schools; a scholars’ center; a Ronald McDonald House; a city health department; a county medical examiner’s office; and a state behavioral health facility. In May 2017, the leaders of these institutions, along with city and county elected officials, signed a memorandum of understanding to create the District. The formation of the Health Sciences District will impact the University and the region, and will position Kansas City to be a major hub of healthcare innovation and discovery in the 21st century.

A former Fellow in medical informatics for the National Library of Medicine, Dr. Kanter joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1991 and became vice dean in 2002. In his role as Vice Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he brought more than $7 million in new funding to the school, and was involved in several international projects. From 2008 to 2012, he also served as editor-in-chief of Academic Medicine, the peer-reviewed journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. There, he improved the journal’s online presence, established new policies and practices that brought the journal to the forefront of publication ethics, and introduced several new features.

Dr. Kanter earned his undergraduate degree from Texas A&I University and his MD at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. He served his neurosurgical residency at the University of Florida and was a member of the faculty of Texas A&M University College of Medicine before moving to the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association and the Association for Medical Education in Europe, which presented him with the Patil Award for best research presentation in 2007. Dr. Kanter’s contributions reflect a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience with medical school, teaching hospital, university, and academic health center issues.

Dr. Kanter is married to Leslie Borsett-Kanter, MD, a pediatrician with special expertise in the treatment of feeding disorders. They have one son, John, who is a neurosurgery resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and two show dogs (Cardigan Welsh Corgis) named Harry and Lily.

A LETTER FROM OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR

Dear AAHC and AAHCI Members,

After an extensive search that began last summer, I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers has unanimously selected Steven L. Kanter, MD, to be the next President and Chief Executive Officer of AAHC/AAHCI. Dr. Kanter will take office on July 1, 2018 when Dr. Steven Wartman steps down.

With extensive academic health center leadership experience, Dr. Kanter comes with a proven track record of advancing excellence in interprofessional education, leading strategic planning initiatives, and a background in medical informatics. The Board was impressed with Dr. Kanter’s enthusiasm for AAHC initiatives and programs as well as his commitment to service on behalf of you, the membership. At the heart of his accomplishments, you’ll find a passion for collaboration and a deep sense of integrity.

Dr. Kanter served as Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri - Kansas City for the past four years where he successfully led the forming of a new academic health center. Prior to that, since 2002, he served as Vice Dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, where he was also on the faculty since 1991. While there, he helped secure new funding and led a team that built a new medical school, Nazarbayev University, in Kazakhstan. Prior to moving to the University of Pittsburgh, he was on the faculty at Texas A&M University College of Medicine. From 2008 to 2012, Dr. Kanter also served as Editor-in-Chief of Academic Medicine, the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, where he significantly increased the number of submission and articles cited. He earned his undergraduate degree from Texas A&I University and his MD at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio and did his residency at the University of Florida.

In the coming weeks and months, Dr. Kanter will be reaching out to each of you personally to introduce himself and get your thoughts on how he can best serve the association and its membership. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Kanter to AAHC.

Sam Hawgood

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chair, AAHC Board of Directors
Chancellor, University of California, San Francisco

PRESS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release
March 22, 2018

Dr. Steven L. Kanter Named Next President of the Association of Academic Health Centers

AAHC Board Unanimously Selects Kanter

WASHINGTON, March 22 – Describing him as “an eminent academic health center leader with broad experience and a record of distinguished contribution across the multiple missions of these institutions,” Sam Hawgood, MBBS, chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco and chair of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) Board of Directors, announced that Steven L. Kanter, MD, dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC), will assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of AAHC and the Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI), effective July 1, 2018.

AAHC is a non-profit association dedicated to advancing health and well-being through the vigorous leadership of academic health centers in health professions education, biomedical and health services research, and healthcare delivery. The association represents around 150 institutions globally.

“After an extensive search, Dr. Kanter emerged as the Board’s unanimous choice to lead the association. He is committed to serving the association’s membership around the globe and I am confident he will lead the association with distinction during this transformative moment for academic health centers,” said Dr. Hawgood.

“This is a period of dynamic change for academic health centers and a pivotal time for AAHC as it approaches its 50th anniversary. I am honored to assume the presidency of AAHC and look forward to advancing the interests of our member academic health centers around the world,” said Dr. Kanter.

Dr. Kanter has served as the Dean of the UMKC School of Medicine since 2014. During his time as Dean, Dr. Kanter led a successful effort to form a new academic health center in Kansas City, Missouri. He brought together 12 of Kansas City’s leading healthcare institutions to align more closely as a new UMKC Health Sciences District. His distinguished academic career includes serving as Vice Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM), where he devoted significant time and effort to cultivating international collaborations, including leading a team that established a new medical school in Kazakhstan.

“AAHC and AAHCI under Dr. Steven A. Wartman’s superb leadership for the past 13 years have grown substantially in global influence and have developed groundbreaking initiatives that significantly support academic health center leaders in enhancing their institution’s missions,” said Dr. Hawgood. “I look forward to Dr. Kanter’s continued leadership and service to these unique institutions and the critical role they play in healthcare worldwide.”

“Dr. Kanter brings to his new position a deep understanding and appreciation of academic medicine and the health professions. Further, his experience as Editor-in Chief of a major journal will prove most valuable in supporting and developing programs and member services that impact issues involving the core missions of academic health centers. As I leave my position at AAHC, I am confident that the association will be well-guided in the hands of its new president,” said Dr. Steven A. Wartman, current AAHC president/CEO.

From 2008 to 2012, Dr. Kanter served as Editor-in-Chief of Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, where he led a highly collaborative team, improved the journal’s online presence, established new policies and practices that brought the journal to the forefront of publication ethics, and introduced several new features.

Dr. Kanter has served in faculty appointments at UMKC, UPSOM, and at Texas A&M University College of Medicine. He was the Attending Neurological Surgeon at the Scott and White Clinic and Hospital in Texas. He is a widely recognized researcher, author of numerous publications, and speaker. He has chaired various national committees, is a member of multiple professional societies and recipient of numerous awards and honors. He notes that one of the most enjoyable and important parts of his work at academic health centers is working with medical students, residents, and fellows.

A neurosurgeon and specialist in medical informatics, Dr. Kanter is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio and had his post-graduate training at the University of Florida. He received his undergraduate degree at Texas A&I University.