Dr. K. Ranga Rama Krishnan will be the next dean of Rush Medical College and senior VP of Rush University Medical Center, both in Chicago.
Krishnan, 59, will succeed Dr. Thomas Deutsch in October. Deutsch, 61, has served as dean of the college for the past 14 years, and will continue to serve as Rush University's provost, a role he has held for the past 11 years.
Most recently, Krishnan served for seven years as dean of the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, a joint venture between Durham, N.C.-based Duke University and the National University of Singapore. He also was the school's executive vice dean.
Krishnan has served as a professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, and also served as chair of psychiatry at Duke between 1998 and 2009. While at Duke, he created a research center focused on depression in the elderly, the only such center funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Rush University Medical Center reported a 12.2% increase in its operating surplus from fiscal 2014 to 2015, as new Medicaid enrollment led to a 2.9% uptick in admissions. But the system suffered a $117.7 million loss after initiating a refinance in bonds, which the system says will allow it to reduce its interest expense over the next 25 years.