Before turning the job over to Brooks Jackson, M.D., M.B.A., Aaron Friedman, M.D., reflected on his tenure as dean of the Medical School in a note to the faculty. Here’s an excerpt:
Stepping down as dean will be a major change for me. I look forward to the chance to spend more time with my family. I am also eager for the opportunity to get back to my roots as a faculty member, focusing on education, research, and patient care at a more personal level than I could as dean. Still, while I will no longer hold a leadership role, I will never stop being an advocate for and a supporter of the Medical School and the important role that we play in this community.
I am gratified by what we accomplished together. The development of the Biomedical Discovery District, the restructuring and strengthening of our relationship with Fairview, and the development of a new strategic plan to guide us forward are some of the milestones that should pay dividends for the Medical School down the road. I have confidence you will all continue to build on these developments in our pursuit of excellence and discovery.
It has been a true privilege to lead this school, to work with so many talented educators and physicians, and to help position this great institution to continue delivering on its mission to this state.