Douglas A. Girod, M.D., F.A.C.S.
MD: 1985, University of California, San Francisco, California.
Residency: University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
Fellowship: Hearing Development Laboratories, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
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Douglas A. Girod, M.D., became the 18th chancellor of the University of Kansas July 2017. The chancellor is the chief executive officer of the University of Kansas, overseeing campuses in Lawrence, Kansas City, Overland Park, Salina and Wichita, in addition to research and educational centers in Hays, Parsons, Topeka and Yoder.
Previously, Girod served as executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center from February 2013 to July 2017. In this role, he led 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 3,500 students, a workforce of more than 4,000 faculty and staff, external research funding of more than $108 million, campuses in Kansas City, Wichita and Salina, Kan., and activities in every county in the state of Kansas, as well as in western Missouri and 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 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 seven 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 100 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.
His national recognition includes serving as past president of the American Head and Neck Society. 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.