Steven Stites, M.D.
• Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs
• Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs
• Peter T. Bohan Professor
Office: 4032 Delp
3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160
Steven Stites, M.D., serves a dual role as vice chancellor for clinical affairs and senior vice president for clinical affairs for The University of Kansas Hospital Authority. He served as chair of the University of Kansas Medical Center's Department of Internal Medicine from 2007 to 2014. He also has served as senior associate dean for clinical affairs for the University of Kansas Medical Center, following 10 months as acting executive vice chancellor.
As vice chancellor for clinical affairs, Dr. Stites reports to the university's executive vice chancellor, working to fully integrate our clinical departments into a wider-reaching health system and ensuring we have a strong strategic plan for educating future physicians and growing the academic strength of our clinical programs. As senior vice president for clinical affairs, Dr. Stites reports to The University of Kansas Hospital Authority's chief executive officer and have responsibilities especially in the area of clinical programs and practice development, as well as strategic planning and education. He will work closely with other members of the hospital's executive team, and with The University of Kansas Physicians, to implement the next phase of our clinical enterprise, which includes the creation of a wider health system.
Under Dr. Stites' leadership, the Department of Internal Medicine saw significant growth. Six Internal Medicine divisions — pulmonary medicine, nephrology, cardiology, oncology, endocrinology and gastroenterology — earned top 50 U.S. News and World Report rankings in 2013. The medical intensive care unit is one of the country's best, with a Beacon Award to its name. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Stites directs KU Medical Center's Cystic Fibrosis Center, having founded the adult CF program in 1994. It's now one of the larger adult programs in the United States, with more than 150 patients. His areas of research include investigating different methods of airway clearance for adult CF patients and how these affect the distribution of inhaled medicines. He has also written at length on the ways and means of developing mission-based funding for academic departments: the Educational Value Unit (EVU) system — specifically aligning salary support for faculty with each individual's educational responsibilities — which he published in 2005, has been adopted by several other institutions.