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Medical School dean to step down

Aaron Friedman, M.D.

Aaron Friedman, M.D., announced in February that he will step down as dean of the Medical School and vice president for health sciences at the end of the calendar year, concluding his current, three-year appointment.

Past University president Robert Bruininks, Ph.D., appointed Friedman to the positions beginning in January 2011, in a move designed to secure strong, stable leadership through a review of the Academic Health Center’s organizational structure.

Previously, Friedman was head of the Department of Pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

The University has launched a national search for a new vice president and dean and plans to keep the positions combined, as recommended by an external review of the AHC ordered by current president Eric Kaler, Ph.D.

The external review also recommends creating a new, inspiring vision to guide the Medical School’s future, centralizing AHC administrative functions as appropriate, and working more effectively with clinical care partners. Friedman will launch these efforts.

“Dr. Friedman has been a strong leader through a time of transition and a strong voice for the health sciences,” says Kaler. “He has been a true partner to me in moving the health sciences forward.”

View the full report from the AHC external review committee online at

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