Aaron Lazare, chancellor and dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester since 1991, stepped down last week because of health issues, the school announced.
The 71-year-old physician, one of the longest-serving deans in the nation, oversaw a period of dramatic growth on the campus, including a 10-story, 360,000-square-foot tower that opened in 2001 as the Aaron Lazare Medical Research Building. After a sabbatical of about a year or so to address a cardiac arrhythmia, Lazare, a nationally recognized authority of physician-patient relations, will continue to serve as the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor in Medical Education and professor of psychiatry at the medical school.
This is a bittersweet moment for me, Lazare wrote in a memo to faculty, staff and students. To say that my work over the years has been professionally and personally rewarding is an utter understatement: It has been a privilege. -- by Michael Romano