David Kessler has been dismissed from his post as dean of the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, according to the university.
In June, UCSF Chancellor Michael Bishop asked Kessler for his resignation no later than Jan. 1, 2008, and to negotiate severance terms. But Kessler did not relinquish his position, forcing the chancellor to formally dismiss him, effective Dec. 14, the university said in a written statement.
Kessler said in a written statement that he has worked over the past four years to resolve financial irregularities at the school of medicine. I reported these issues to appropriate university officials at the time, and have endeavored to work with the university ever since to solve these problems, Kessler said. The university characterized me as a whistle-blower.
In June, the university auditor cleared Kessler of allegations of improper spending that were made by an anonymous whistle-blower in 2005. Kessler served as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from 1990 to 1997.
Sam Hawgood, chairman of the UCSF Pediatrics Department and physician in chief of the UCSF Childrens Hospital, has been named interim dean of the UCSF School of Medicine. A search is under way for a permanent replacement. -- by Rebecca Vesely