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Autumn 2018
Published quarterly by the Faculty Development and Diversity Program


  • Welcome David Lubarsky - New vice chancellor and CEO stresses integration for greater impact
  • Catch the next leadership training wave - A conversation with Gene Crumley
  • Profile of James Marcin - Recently appointed CHT director credits mentors and workshops
  • FED committee advocates for URM faculty in leadership roles
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Welcome David Lubarsky

New vice chancellor and CEO stresses integration for greater impact

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“UC Davis Health is, and will continue to be, indispensable.”

That’s one of the key perspectives about academic medicine that David Lubarsky, UC Davis Health’s new chief executive officer and vice chancellor for human health sciences, reinforced with faculty leaders after taking the reins in earnest this summer.David Lubarsky, M.D.

Lubarsky, a veteran of top administrative and academic leadership roles at health systems, arrives in the midst of an ongoing seismic shift in American health care. Like similar organizations nationwide, UC Davis Health will be asked to adapt and innovate in order to sustain its academic mission and unique tertiary and quaternary services, while simultaneously advancing clinical and financial performance.

Lubarsky spent much of the past decade tackling such challenges in senior executive roles at the large University of Miami Health System (known as UHealth), most recently as its chief medical and systems integration officer. He also served in roles as UHealth’s longtime chair of anesthesiology and perioperative services, as an instructor at the university’s business and nursing schools, and as part of a group that developed M.D.-M.B.A. and CRNA programs.

“We must reorganize and become the health care system the future needs – and to do that we have to be successful with the rules we have, versus the rules we wish we had,” Lubarsky said in the midst of a busy first 100 days here. “But one of the great things about a new administration – something that helps offset the natural uncertainty around change – is the opportunity to rethink our direction so we can make the greatest possible difference in the lives of the people we serve.

“With everyone’s help here, we can leverage change so that we’re really serving ever-larger populations with the expertise and innovation we can bring to bear. That’s one of the main reasons many of us are in health care in the first place.”

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