ASSOCIATIONSRussell Holman, M.D., senior vice president and national medical director of Cogent Healthcare, was named president-elect of the Society of Hospital Medicine, Philadelphia. Holman, 39, is a longtime member of the group and previously was secretary for the board of directors. EDUCATION The interim chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s cardiology program now holds the job permanently. Steven Nissen, M.D., was chosen by a search committee to succeed Eric Topol, M.D., 52, who left the clinic in February to become a genetics professor at nearby Case Western Reserve University after a dispute with clinic leadership. Nissen, 57, says he wants his doctors to continue to develop preventive therapies and do more community outreach, particularly in terms of access to care. … T. Samuel Shomaker, M.D., acting dean at the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine, was named dean of Austin programs for the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Medicine, officials said. Shomaker, 52, takes over as dean on Sept. 1. GOVERNMENT Surgeon General Richard Carmona, M.D., 57, stepped down and the job will be filled on an interim basis by Deputy Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu, M.D., 61, until the White House names a successor. Carmona’s four-year term expired July 29. An HHS spokeswoman said Carmona plans to return to civilian life. Prior to becoming surgeon general, Carmona was chairman of a regional emergency medical system in southern Arizona and a professor of surgery at the University of Arizona. Among other activities, the surgeon general oversees the 6,000-member U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which in 2005 saw its largest deployment ever after hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast. GROUPS Michigan Medical, a Grand Rapids-based physician group, named Ted Inman, 51, vice president of operations and general counsel, its new CEO. Former CEO James Buzzitta, M.D., 52, will serve as board chairman and managing shareholder. … Craig Samitt, M.D., was named president and CEO for Dean Health System, Madison, Wis. Samitt, 42, will assume the position this month. He succeeds Allen Kemp, M.D., who has assumed the role of CEO emeritus and will represent Dean nationally. HOSPITALS, SYSTEMS Laura Forese, M.D., has been appointed chief medical officer of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Forese, 45, will continue to serve as chief medical officer and senior vice president at the medical center.
RESEARCHJustin Starren, M.D., was appointed director of the Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic Research Foundation’s new Biomedical Informatics Research Center, which will include a focus on the use of information, data and knowledge in biomedical domains. Starren, 47, was associate professor in the departments of biomedical informatics and radiology at Columbia University, New York. SUPPLIERS, VENDORS Michael Hawkins, M.D., has joined Cogent Healthcare as regional medical director-Southeast. Hawkins, 51, is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. … Pathologist and physician-executive Dennis Morgan Smith Jr., M.D., was named to the board of directors of Clarient, an Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based developer of oncology products.