Robert D. Simari, M.D., the Franklin E. Murphy Professor in Cardiology, assumed the role of interim executive vice chancellor for the University of Kansas Medical Center July 1, 2017. A 1986 alumnus of the KU School of Medicine, Simari will continue as executive dean, a position he has served since March 2014, providing oversight and leadership to all three KU School of Medicine campuses - Kansas City, Wichita and Salina.
As the interim executive vice chancellor, Simari will strive to continue an upward trajectory in each of the institution's missions and roles. Guided by the new strategic plan and by addressing issues raised in the climate survey and with its partners across the state, Simari will lead the medical center to improve the lives and communities in Kansas and beyond through innovation in education, research and health care.
Prior to joining KU, Simari served as vice chair for the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and co-principal investigator of the Center for Translational Science Activities at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he also served as a physician scientist, cardiologist and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. While at the Mayo Clinic, his research laboratory made fundamental discoveries in the areas of thrombosis and identification of vascular stem cells, and for 10 years he led the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute-funded Cardiovascular Cell Therapy Research Network, which performs early phase clinical trials in cardiovascular cell therapy. In addition, he continues his cardiology practice at The University of Kansas Health System.
Simari earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, and his medical degree from the University of Kansas. Following medical school, he completed his residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, then served fellowships in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at the Mayo Clinic. Following his clinical training he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan.