December 26, 2012
By KUMC News
|Douglas A. Girod, M.D.|
Kansas City, Kan. — Douglas A. Girod, M.D., has been named the new executive vice chancellor for the University of Kansas Medical Center, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced today. Girod, a surgeon who is currently the medical center's Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, will assume the position on Feb. 1, 2013.
"After a tireless and exhaustive national search, I am pleased to say that we found our best candidate here at home," Gray-Little said. "Dr. Girod has been a steadfast leader during a time of profound transformation at the University of Kansas Medical Center, playing crucial roles over the last several years as we saw dynamic growth in all of our educational, clinical, research and community engagement missions. He is enormously respected by his colleagues, his students, his fellow physicians and our community, and his vision will undoubtedly lead to more significant transformation in the years ahead."
"I am honored, humbled and ready to continue building excellence at the University of Kansas Medical Center," Girod said. "As we train future generations of health care professionals and continue to make world-changing discoveries in our laboratories and in our communities, we will be faced with tremendous challenges and opportunities — and we are blessed with extraordinary support from citizens, community leaders, donors, alumni and policymakers throughout the state of Kansas and across the state line in Missouri. I look forward to strengthening and expanding those relationships in an effort to improve the health of all."
Girod joined the University of Kansas Medical Center faculty in 1994 and quickly rose through the academic ranks, becoming chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2002. He was named Russell E. Bridwell Endowed Chair in 2008. 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, Calif.
He has given nearly 50 invited presentations to national and international organizations, co-edited the textbook Oral Cavity Reconstruction, written 11 book chapters and published 57 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.
"We are thrilled with Dr. Girod's selection as the next leader of our academic partner, the University of Kansas Medical Center. He has been deeply involved in strategic planning, quality improvement and other crucial initiatives at The University of Kansas Hospital. In his role as the chair of the Otolaryngology department, his leadership has been instrumental in the U.S. News & World Report's 'Best Hospitals, Ear, Nose and Throat' national rankings over the last four years," said Bob Page, president and chief executive officer of The University of Kansas Hospital. "As we move into a period of dramatic change for the health care industry and continued growth for The University of Kansas Hospital, I can't think of anyone we'd rather work with than Doug Girod."
Girod and his wife live in Mission Hills. They have three grown children who all live in Kansas.