The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, said it has hired William Owen Jr. as its president. Owen, 51, is chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, and also vice president for health affairs at the University of Tennessee. Previously, Owen worked as a clinical and academic staff physician for 12 years with Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston and has 25 years of experience with Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass., and Duke University, Durham, N.C.
He replaces Interim President Bruce Vladeck, who started at the university in March 2006 and will stay till Owen starts on July 1. Vladeck, a former HCFA administrator, joined the university after federal authorities accused the university of providing kickbacks to cardiologists to boost heart surgery volume at the universitys 488-bed hospital to levels acceptable to state regulators. The university entered a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. attorneys office in Newark that set up a federal monitor of the university.
Meanwhile, a once-powerful New Jersey lawmaker was indicted Thursday on corruption charges tied to a state medical school job that a federal monitor said paid him $35,000 a year to do little more than read the newspaper.
State Sen. Wayne Bryant, a former chairman of the budget committee, was named in a 20-count indictment released by U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie. Also indicted was R. Michael Gallagher, former dean at the UMDNJ's School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford.
The charges stem from a federal monitor's report in September that looked into alleged corruption at the state medical school. -- by Vince Galloro with the Associated Press