Vanderbilt University, Nashville, said that Harry Jacobson will retire as vice chancellor for health affairs, effective June 1. Jacobson oversees the universitys schools of medicine and nursing and serves as CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Jacobson, 62, will be replaced by Jeffrey Balser, 47, dean of Vanderbilts School of Medicine. Both Jacobson and Balser are physicians.
Jacobson was named vice chancellor for health affairs in October 1997. During his 11-year tenure, Vanderbilt opened a childrens hospital, gained National Cancer Institute designation for its cancer center and, most recently, built a 440,000-square-foot, off-campus complex housing clinics, womens healthcare services, pharmacy and labs called Vanderbilt Health.
A nephrologist by training, Jacobson co-founded Renal Care Group, a dialysis provider that was sold to Fresenius Medical Care for $3.5 billion in 2006. Jacobson also was chairman of the Nashville Health Care Council from 2004 to 2006. Vanderbilt and the council co-founded the Health Care Solutions Group, a quality-improvement think tank, during his chairmanship of the council. Jacobson is a member of the board of pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., Whitehouse Station, N.J.