Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D., spent his first six months at the University of Michigan running the administrative equivalent of lab tests and EKGs: looking, listening and learning. He knew changes were coming — they are always coming in the American health care system — but he wanted to understand U-M before he made major changes.
“I was not surprised to confirm that Michigan combines a great medical school with a great medical center, demonstrating excellence in teaching, research and patient care,” Runge says. “I was also happy to find, and this is rare, a culture of respect. At the end of the day, everyone wants to provide the best care for the patients we serve. Our scientists are committed to discovery and innovation, and they respect our clinical leaders. And our clinical leaders believe our research will help us deliver better patient care.”
As of Jan. 1, Runge’s role has officially expanded. He began as the executive vice president for medical affairs and CEO of the U-M Health System. Now, he is also dean of the Medical School. This is the latest step in a medical career that has its roots in a family nearly full of physicians.
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