September 17, 2013.
Julie Freischlag, surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, to start Feb. 10.
Julie Freischlag, currently the William Stewart Halsted professor and department director and surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, has been named the UC Davis vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi announced today (Sept. 17).
“When Dr. Freischlag became surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins, she became the first woman to hold this position. Throughout her career, she has served as a role model for her students, a respected colleague within the medical community, and a proven leader in advancing excellence and promoting health and wellness,” Katehi said. “As we grow our mission of national recognition in areas like food and health, she was our unquestioned vision of someone who would take us to new heights.”
Freischlag came to Johns Hopkins in 2003, after serving as the chief of the vascular surgery division and director of the Gonda (Goldschmied) Vascular Center at the David Geffen Medical School at UCLA — where she also completed her surgical residency and post-residency vascular fellowship.
She was a professor of surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she served as the vice chair of the vascular surgery section and chief of surgery at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. Her faculty appointments began at the UC San Diego School of Medicine in the Department of Surgery and progressed to UCLA, Wisconsin and Johns Hopkins.
Freischlag holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and her doctor of medicine degree from Rush University in Chicago. A member of many national and international surgery associations, she is the editor of Archives of Surgery/JAMA Surgery and currently serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Vascular Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons and the British Journal of Surgery.
Freischlag has mentored numerous students, residents and young faculty; has been published in numerous journals; and is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from her professional training in the vascular diseases to women succeeding in the health professions. She has been recognized as an outstanding alumna by her alma maters, named a Baltimore Magazine “Top Doctor,” and selected in 2010 by Working Mother Magazine as one of the “10 most powerful moms in health care.”
She is a fellow, former governor and present chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons — the first woman to do so. She is the current president of the Society for Vascular Surgery — also the first woman to hold that position.
“It is truly an honor and privilege to accept the position of vice chancellor-Human Health Sciences and dean-School of Medicine at the UC Davis Health System,” Freischlag said. “I was so impressed with the people at UC Davis — clinicians, researchers, teachers, administrators, trainees and students — the energy was amazing, and I am excited to be able to become part of it. As many know, I was trained and also worked in the UC system, so it is delightful to come back.”
The UC Davis search for the vice chancellor and dean was led by Diana Farmer, chair of the UC Davis surgery department; Chancellor Katehi; and a team of representatives from the faculty, community and the health professions.
Thomas Nesbitt has been serving as the interim vice chancellor and dean since spring 2013 and, upon Freischlag’s arrival on Feb. 10, 2014, he will resume his position as associate vice chancellor for strategic technologies and alliances.
“I am most grateful for the calm and respected leadership that Dr. Nesbitt provided in this interim period,” Katehi said. “As we welcome our new vice chancellor and dean, he will ensure the continuity of excellence already found at UC Davis and help us grow toward the new future we anticipate under Dr. Freischlag’s guidance.”