Thomas Jefferson University President Paul Brucker, M.D., has announced plans to retire from the Philadelphia institution at the end of the 2003-04 school year.
Brucker, 71, told university trustees Monday that he will step down on June 30, 2004, after 14 years as head of TJU, a school widely known for its medical programs through its Jefferson Medical College, Jefferson College of Health Professions and Jefferson College of Graduate Studies.
University trustees accepted the resignation "with regret," according to a university statement.
"TJU has prospered under his leadership, and we are fortunate that Dr. Brucker has agreed to serve the university as president emeritus whereupon the Jefferson community will be able to draw on Dr. Brucker's substantial expertise and experience," board Chairman Douglas MacMaster says in the statement.
Brucker, who joined the school in 1973 as chair of family medicine and ascended to the university presidency in 1990, says he gave nearly a year's notice of his retirement to allow university officials to conduct an intensive, nationwide search for a successor.
"I am proud of our efforts to reaffirm the university's mission and I have every confidence in the strength of my administrative colleagues, the dedication of our faculty and alumni, and the strong leadership and clear vision of our trustees that Thomas Jefferson University will continue its exceptional legacy," Brucker says.
Epstein moves over to IPC
The Brucker retirement announcement coincides with the departure of another physician leader from Jefferson.
IPC-The Hospitalist Co., an inpatient care management firm based in North Hollywood, Calif., said Monday that it has hired Kenneth Epstein, M.D., as director of medical affairs.
Epstein, 46, had been acting director of internal medicine for about a year until recently returning to his faculty appointment as clinical associate professor of internal medicine, Jefferson spokesperson Phyllis Fisher says. Epstein developed a full-time academic hospitalist model while at the school, IPC officials say.
According to IPC, Epstein will supervise clinical care of IPC-affiliated hospitalist practices in the Denver, Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth areas. He also will see patients in the Denver area, the company says.