UC Davis School of Medicine dean announces she is leaving the university after 10 years.
Claire Pomeroy, vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis, has announced that she will leave the university on June 30, at the end of the academic year.
“It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the health system, and to work with so many extraordinarily talented and dedicated faculty, staff and students,” said Pomeroy. “It is never easy to leave an institution you love or a job that has been as rewarding and fulfilling as mine, but after 10 years at UC Davis, I now wish to move forward to the next phase of my career and have a national impact by contributing to the redesign of the health care system at this pivotal moment in our country’s history.”
A recruitment advisory committee will be established shortly to begin the search for Pomeroy’s replacement.
“Under Claire’s leadership, UC Davis Health System has become a world-class institution, and we are grateful for her many contributions,” said Linda P.B. Katehi, chancellor of UC Davis. “She is a forceful advocate for the importance of translational research, a strong proponent of interprofessional approaches to education and clinical care, and a tireless leader in addressing the social determinants of health and reducing health disparities.”
Over the last decade, UC Davis School of Medicine nearly tripled its outside research funding, which now totals nearly $200 million annually. The health system dramatically increased its philanthropic support, with some $281 million raised during Pomeroy’s tenure as vice chancellor.
Pomeroy led UC Davis’ successful application for an inaugural Clinical and Translational Science Center to speed new effective and safe treatments into therapeutic use. She established UC Davis’ Institute for Regenerative Cures for stem cell research. During her tenure, the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center earned the highest designation from the National Cancer Institute, and the UC Davis MIND Institute rose to international prominence as a leading center for autism research.
Her commitment to inter-professional education led to a $100 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to establish the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She fostered inter-professional care teams in UC Davis’ clinical enterprise and developed the “schools of health” concept to integrate educational programs in medicine, nursing, informatics, public health and other health professions.