BY RUTHANN RICHTER
University President Gerhard Casper has announced a restructuring of the Medical Center leadership and appointed Eugene Bauer, M.D., to the post of vice president for the Medical Center. Casper had actively pursued a reorganization of the Medical Center leadership structure in 1994 that would have separated the positions of vice president and dean, but he put the search for a vice president on hold once discussions began on the possibility of combining the clinical services of Stanford and UCSF. He then gave Bauer, who has been medical school dean since 1995, the added responsibility of vice president for medical affairs in October 1997.
"Following last fall's decision to discontinue the merger, Dr. Bauer and I decided that Medical Center developments made it highly desirable to revisit the 1994 reorganization plans and we have now concluded that the roles of vice president and dean should indeed be separated," Casper said. "With the support of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Bauer will assume the full-time position of vice president for the Medical Center."
Bauer will serve as the university's representative on all Medical Center issues. He will be responsible for creating an overall clinical strategy aimed at minimizing redundancies and effectively using scarce resources, Casper said. The new appointment was approved by the university's Board of Trustees in December.
"I am very pleased that Dr. Bauer has agreed to lead the Medical Center through the critical period that lies ahead and will represent the university president in all associated matters," Casper said in a statement.
A search for the new dean will commence shortly. Bauer will remain in his post as dean until a successor can take over.
"This is a critical time for Stanford University and the Medical Center, and I am looking forward to addressing the challenges that face us in the wake of the dissolution of UCSF Stanford Health Care," Bauer said. "Given the range and complexity of the issues involving land use and long-term planning, it is crucial to put the decision-making and planning under a single individual.
"Those challenges include rebuilding the structure of our clinical enterprise and reassessing our strategic position in the health care marketplace both locally and in Northern California at large," he said.
Casper said the provost, after consulting with the university Faculty Senate's Committee on Committees, will appoint a search team that will recommend candidates for the new dean. Once the search committee is formed, it will be asked to make recommendations to the provost and president within a month, Casper said. While the search will focus on internal candidates, the panel also may consider promising outside candidates, he said.
The Medical School Faculty Senate had passed a resolution at its Dec. 15 meeting urging Casper to consider outside candidates.
Bauer said he looks forward to working with the new dean, who will oversee "a dynamic and innovative time in the field of medicine at Stanford, a period that will see increased collaboration between the hard sciences, such as chemistry and physics, and the life sciences, such as biology and medicine. I am pleased at the prospect of being part of that collaboration."
Bauer, 57, came to
Stanford in 1988 from Washington University in St. Louis, where he
was professor of medicine and director of the Center for Research
and Therapy of Epidermolysis Bullosa. He served as professor and
chair of dermatology from 1988 to 1995, when he was appointed by
Casper to replace David Korn, M.D., as the medical school dean. At
the same time, Bauer was named the Carl and Elizabeth Naumann
Professor. A graduate of Northwestern University Medical School,
Bauer is widely known for his work on epidermolysis bullosa, a
blistering skin disease, and on other disorders involving collagen.