Douglas A. Girod, M.D., became executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center on Feb. 1, 2013. He oversees the educational, research, patient care and community engagement missions of the University of Kansas Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions, with their total annual enrollment of more than 3,300 students; a workforce of more than 2,100 faculty and more than 4,000 staff; research funding of nearly $100 million, campuses in Kansas City, Wichita and Salina, Kansas, and activities in every county in the state of Kansas, as well as in western Missouri, elsewhere in the country and internationally.
In addition to serving as executive vice chancellor, Girod also served as interim executive dean of the KU School of Medicine until March 24, 2014. Prior to those roles, he served as Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. A surgeon, Girod joined the University of Kansas Medical Center faculty in 1994 and quickly rose through the academic ranks, becoming chair of the Otolaryngology department in 2002. He was named Russell E. Bridwell Endowed Chair in 2008. In his role as the chair of the Otolaryngology department, his leadership was instrumental in four years' worth of U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals, Ear, Nose and Throat" national rankings for The University of Kansas Hospital.
Girod earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of California at Davis and his medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco. He completed his residency and an NIH research fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to joining the University of Kansas Medical Center, Girod served as Vice Chairman and Research Director in the Department of Otolaryngology at the Naval Medical Center in Oakland, California.
He served in the United States Navy Reserve from 1982, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander and later earning the Meritorious Service Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1997.
Dr. Girod has given more than 75 invited presentations to national and international organizations, co-edited the textbook Oral Cavity Reconstruction, written 14 book chapters and published more than 70 articles in scholarly journals. He has served on the editorial boards of several scholarly publications and has received numerous professional awards and honors. Committed to caring for patients throughout the world, Girod has led or participated in a dozen international medical missions in places such as Uganda, Guatemala, Mali, the Philippines and Mexico.
Girod is also active within the Kansas City community, serving on the Board of the Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor's Healthy Community Initiative. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for MRI Global and the Kansas Medical Society. He is currently co-chairing the regional civic community effort known as KC Rising to develop long term economic prosperity for the Kansas City region. He was recognized with a Regional Leadership Award in 2016 for his work with KC Rising.
Girod has served as president of the American Head and Neck Society, and vice president of the Triological Society, in addition to other national leadership roles. Of his numerous awards and honors, he is perhaps most proud of his 2006 Student Voice Award for Teaching on a Surgical Rotation, bestowed by students at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.