The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, said it has hired William Owen Jr., M.D., 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 Women’s 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 until Owen starts on July 1. Vladeck, a former HCFA administrator, joined the university after federal authorities accused the school of providing kickbacks to cardiologists to boost heart surgery volume at the university’s 488-bed hospital to levels acceptable to state regulators. The university entered a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. attorney’s office in Newark that set up a federal monitor of the university.
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