Leading the Way

Executive Vice Chancellor, Dr. Girod"We need to get off the second floor," were Doug Girod's words shortly after assuming his role as KU Medical Center's tenth Executive Vice Chancellor.

That idea, that commitment to establish a presence all around campus set the tone for how Dr. Girod is leading the medical center. Decisive and confident, important qualities for a microvascular surgeon and an academic medical center leader, he knows it takes an empowered, innovative, engaged team to be successful. You can hear it when he talks about team-based education, research, clinical care and outreach, and you can see it in his actions.

Every Voice Counts, or EVC, is a multifaceted approach to two-way communication that Dr. Girod has implemented to share our mission, vision and goals with faculty and staff, as well as to solicit questions, feedback and suggestions.

Dr. Girod knows that great ideas, great solutions to the challenges of today, great possibilities for tomorrow can and must come from every member of the KU Medical Center community. He is creating an environment in which those ideas, solutions and possibilities can thrive.

Leadership at Every Level

The strategic plan calls for the recruitment, development and retention of outstanding leaders and educators. In 2013, we reached two significant milestones in this ongoing effort.

  • Dr. Doug Girod was selected as KU Medical Center's new Executive Vice Chancellor[1]
  • Dr. Robert Simari was selected as Executive Dean of the KU School of Medicine[2]

An important responsibility of leadership is the development of a sustainable organization.

  • Clinical Integration[3]
    • The EVC and his leadership team have continued working with The University of Kansas Hospital, The University of Kansas Physicians, the 18 clinical foundations and the Council of Chairs to advance the goal of an integrated campus that delivers the best education, research and care to its constituents.
  • The "Every Voice Counts" campaign[4]
    • Town hall meetings
    • Small group discussions
    • Newsletters
    • Email communication

With a foundation in leadership, integration, communication and alignment, we are well positioned to advance education, discovery, healing, engagement and innovation in 2014.

Goal E.III in the original plan / Innovate box 2 in refined the plan
[2] Goals A.II and E.III in the original plan / Educate box 3 and Innovate box 2 in refined the plan
[3] Goals C.I-4 in the original plan / Heal boxes 1-4 in the refined plan
[4] Goal H in the original plan / Alignment and Communication competencies in the refined plan

Last modified: Feb 19, 2014