Dr. Claire Pomeroy, vice chancellor for human health at the University of California-Davis and dean of UC Davis' medical school, announced she will leave the university at the end of the academic year. Her last day will be June 30, 2013.
Pomeroy, who was named chairwoman
of the Association of Academic Health Centers board of directors in September, joined UC Davis in 2003 and became vice chancellor and dean in 2005, according to a university news release
. Pomeroy also has been on the faculty at the University of Minnesota and the University of Kentucky.
Pomeroy's announcement comes amid controversy that two UC Davis neurosurgeons performed experimental procedures on terminally ill patients without university authorization. Pomeroy told the Sacramento Business Journal that the controversy was not the reason for her decision.
"It is never easy to leave an institution you love or a job that has been as rewarding and fulfilling as mine, but after 10 years at UC Davis, I now wish to move forward to the next phase of my career and have a national impact by contributing to the redesign of the healthcare system at this pivotal moment in our country's history," Pomeroy, an internist and an infectious disease specialist, said in the release.
The university announced that it will form a recruitment advisory committee to search for her replacement.
The school of medicine's outside research funding nearly tripled during Pomeroy's tenure, according to the release, and now totals almost $200 million a year. It was also noted that about $281 million in philanthropic donations has been raised since she became vice chancellor.
Other accomplishments include UC Davis being named an inaugural National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Center and the establishment of the UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures stem-cell research center, the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement
"Under Claire's leadership, UC Davis Health System has become a world-class institution, and we are grateful for her many contributions," Linda Katehi, UC Davis chancellor, said in the release. "She is a forceful advocate for the importance of translational research, a strong proponent of inter-professional approaches to education and clinical care, and a tireless leader in addressing the social determinants of health and reducing health disparities."