U.S. Air Force Lt. General E. Ratcliffe Anderson Jr., M.D., will become executive director of Truman Medical Center, the public hospital for Kansas City, Mo. At the same time, he will assume the position of dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
Anderson, 56, has been surgeon general of the Air Force since 1994, a position in which he oversaw 50,000 personnel at 87 medical facilities around the world. Anderson replaces James J. Mongan, M.D., who moved to Massachusetts General Hospital early this year.
Before becoming surgeon general, Anderson was commander of Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. There he directed the Air Force's flagship 1,000-bed medical center and the largest teaching program in the Department of Defense. At Lackland he developed a managed-care network that combined Air Force programs with civilian delivery systems.
Anderson becomes the second military man to take command of a major government-owned hospital and medical school in the Kansas City area. Last year, Donald F. Hagen, M.D., surgeon general of the Navy, became chief executive officer of University of Kansas Medical Center, just across the state line in Kansas City, Kan.