Former Navy Surgeon General Donald Hagen, M.D., 66, is retiring as executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center after almost 10 years on the job. His position will be combined with executive dean of the medical school.
"I don't have any plans," Hagen said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "I'm turning 67 in January. I have grandchildren I don't get to see very much. It's time to take a deep breath and evaluate."
Hagen retired from the Navy with the rank of vice admiral after 30 years of service.
He said when he was recruited by the medical center after leaving the Navy he planned on a 10-year stint. "I'm beginning the 10th year," Hagen said. "Honestly, it's just time at this point for me to retire."
He will leave his position at the medical center Dec. 31.
Hagen said he may consider consulting or acting in an advisory capacity within the public healthcare system, in which he has a philosophical interest. "I certainly want to people to know I'm around," he said.
Barbara Atkinson, M.D., will assume Hagen's duties while remaining executive dean of the medical school. She will lead a campus with about 2,500 faculty and staff and a budget of $317.8 million.
Hagen received his first two years of medical training at the University of North Dakota and graduated from Northwestern University School of Medicine in 1963. He joined the Navy in 1964.
Hagen was a battalion surgeon with the Marines in Chu Lai in the first of three tours of duty in Vietnam through 1968. He also served aboard the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose and as a staff surgeon with the Riverine Assault Forces in the Mekong Delta.
Hagan later ran the Naval hospital at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He was named the 31st surgeon general of the Navy in 1991.